Thank you so much everyone
~ Yep, each tree was individually colored, cut and glued in place. The support is tiered so that the trees have a bit of space between them, but that's pretty much lost in the photo.
~ while the title is lifted from a line of dialog from CE3K, the quote from The Thing was very much in mind.
I recently rewatched Close Encounters on the big screen, the first time since 1990, and was completely moved by its visual splendor. Would certainly love seeing Devils Tower for myself one day.
Thank you again!