I don’t know if any of you ever watched the two seasons of HBO’s Carnivale that aired between 2003 and 2005, but that’s a show I desperately wished had developed and unfolded for many more years. Set during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, it explored themes of good and evil, Christian theology, Masonic lore, and the struggle between free will and destiny. In other words, an wet dream for someone who attended a religious university and majored in English.
A tangled tree very similar to this one was featured symbolically throughout both seasons and was meant to represent the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden. This specific tree sits to the west of North Window in Arches National Park. Seriously, if there ever is a second coming of Jesus Christ, Moab would be a rocking place to hold that particular convention.