Here is a photo from a blog written by a guy who was a Christian missionary in Romania.
You’ll notice that the bottom meter or so of every tree is painted white. All over the country you see this, along side highways, streets and even foot paths. Why?
This is not an idle question. People all over the internet have been asking it for years.
Millions and millions of trees are painted every year, costing untold sums of money and a gigantic workforce. It is a tremendous coordinated effort that takes place year after year.
Look at some of the theories:
The most common response is that it had something to do with insect repellent.
I believe folks who paint their trees and rocks are those who remember fondly their time in the military.
It originally was done to prevent sun scald since the white paint reflected the sunlight.
I’d assumed that the whitewash on trees was done for visibility as I’ve only ever seen it on trees right next to the road.
The trees that were painted didn’t seem any different than the trees that weren’t painted.
I understood that trees were painted white to stop the trees from becoming too warm in early spring/late winter under a hot sun.
Or last but definitely not least:
They paint the trees so that just as you have been forced off the road you can see what you are about to hit.
So…. what’s your theory on why they paint the trees white in Romania?