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Cell phone towers in camouflage

Is it a tree? Is it a work of art? No, it's part of a high tech network--in disguise. Photos: Spot the tower

Hiding the blights of human civilization is a long-established practice.

Off the shores of Southern California, for example, oil rigs are masked by colorful facades that resemble small amusement parks. So it is no surprise that unsightly landmarks of high technology are similarly disguised--in this case, cellular phone towers are made to look like trees, buildings or even works of art.

Some, of course, are more convincing than others.