Posts Tagged trees

The strength of the wind

Hello again,

How are we all? Hope all is well. For all those living locally, are you enjoying the weather? Must admit, I fed up of a constant humidity and 80F but things look to be on the turn. Took some lovely scuddy cloud pictures last night…I was sure there was going to be an electrical storm any second it was so still and heavy, but no. Darn.

Anyway, you may recall that the end of the last blog I was going to post some images of an area I walk to on occasion that I visited after a windy night. I have taken pictures of the area before this but do you think I can find them? I think you will have to bear with me on this one and I shall describe things as best I can. The area was full of leafless but mature large trees the last time I visited…you might be able to gain an impression from the second image of the trees in the distance.

As I climbed over the style there was a heck of a mess to greet me, as a load of the trees that once were standing have now fallen. The first images I took were these two…I must admit this was a great shame to me as this tree, when it stood, had a great silhouette as you might be able to tell.

This tree must have made an almighty snapping sound when it fell over

This tree must have made an almighty snapping sound when it fell over

A second image from the other end of this tree showing the fact there is not a root system to be seen, so it didn't really have a chance in the wind

A second image from the other end of this tree showing the fact there is not a root system to be seen, so it didn’t really have a chance in the wind

However, once you look around at the other trees hat are still standing (just) you realise that it’s not going to be all that long until pretty much all of them may be lying flat as they are rotten and heavily damaged. By what and why I couldn’t say but I thought the image below gave a good impression of the state of the copse. I suspect the best way to describe the trees is “weather-beaten”.

I remember a Simpsons quote "chicks dig scars"...I bet this tree gets all the girls!

I remember a Simpsons quote “chicks dig scars”…I bet this tree gets all the girls!

Moving around, there was an awful lot more evidence of weak trees. In one instance, there was enough room for me to put a fair portion of my upper body into the lower part of one tree and take this image looking up towards the canopy! Some lovely colour and light in here but it felt a little wrong, as I was aware that this void should be full of wood.

Looking up to the canopy through a natural wooden chimney....

Looking up to the canopy through a natural wooden chimney….

Anyway, seeing I have depressed you all with pictures of tree death (even though it is, in a strange way, aesthetically pleasing) I thought I best finish off with a nice Spring picture of some lovely Primroses that appear on our bank every year which came out pretty well.

Less death and destruction, more prettiness! Some Primroses in the Spring sunshine

Less death and destruction, more prettiness! Some Primroses in the Spring sunshine

Sorry, quite a short one this week, but I have a week off so am spending time doing not all that much. I may even have the very first opportunity to wash my car after the stupid hot weather that mean it’s covered in flies and dust at the minute. I shall no doubt post again at some point, but again, feel free to comment and/or request if you wish…I think my next port of call was Llys-Y-Fran reservoir  on a sunny day, so you have that to look forward to.

See you soon….

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Happy Fathers Day!

Hello All,

A special mention to all the Dads out there on Fathers Day (in the UK anyhow…not sure if I have any foreign visitors at the moment). Went out last night, as it’s notoriously busy on the Sunday if you want a meal or anything, to The Shed in Porthgain (http://www.theshedporthgain.co.uk/). Possibly the best fish and chips (they do serve other food for anyone who hates this) not only in Pembrokeshire but in Wales. Such a light batter and chips that are second to none I have ever eaten.

It comes neck and neck with the blue cod fish and chips I ate in New Zealand some years back but, if you live nearby, go! Now! Tell your friends! Google the website and book! Do it! Seriously, they have received shining review in national newspapers. Anyway, that’s enough of a plug for them. But you should try and go if you are near…

Today is proper Fathering Sunday and Dad also has a sticky ginger and lime cake to consume (egg-free as he can’t eat them) made by a colleague at work who dabbles in baking which is also lovely, so it’s been a touch of a culinary weekend this weekend.

Just as well, as the weather has been shocking. The wind of the past few days has been in the words of the BBC “unseasonably strong”…in other words, stay in and watch the trees lose all their leaves and stick them to the side of my car, which is what I have been doing in the evenings after work. I went for a bike ride quickly recently but with the gusts nearly blowing me over through hidden gateways and fighting the wind head on, it was quite short!

Anyway, onto the pictures. Enough of the rambling….unles we are talking walking rambling which leads me onto my pictures this post. These were all taken on a walk I took from Port Lion along the estuary towards Lawrenny. A nice path, if it wasnt at 45 degrees most of the time…man, did that ache when I got back. Anyway, it was very pleasant so I decided to follow the path as far as I could go. When I arrived there, there was a hell of a racket and a splash as I had disturbed a basking seal! He was too quick to get a picture of, but he did pop his head up to swear at me….

"Oi! I was just minding my own business on the beach. Get lost!"....the poor seal I unwittingly displaced near Lawrenny

“Oi! I was just minding my own business on the beach. Get lost!”….the poor seal I unwittingly displaced near Lawrenny

Once I’d argued with him about disturbing his sunbathing and moved on, I discovered that I had arrived at low tide and this showed up the trees that grow right to the edge of the estuary very well with their old bent branches which are pretty darn photogenic. However, it will take more fancy equipment and better light to show that up I suspect. In the meantime, this will have to do….

It's amazing how close these tress are to the high tide, look carefully and you can see seaweed hanging off the branches

It’s amazing how close these tress are to the high tide, look carefully and you can see seaweed hanging off the branches

Further along the shore, there was small pond which looked as though it was being used to grow plants or something and you could clearly see the entrance to the local marina (I use the term loosely, it’s more a boat park with a few houses around) where a few boats were putting in and out. No zoom lens, so I just opted for a long view of the shore and trees.

A longer view of the shore to give an impression of where the water gets to

A longer view of the shore to give an impression of where the water gets to

I then wandered back on myself as it was clouding over for an explore along the shore, mainly to see if there was any flotsam and/or jetsam I could pick and hoard. There was a lovely piece of split rock which exposed a gorgeous vein of sparkly quartz crystals, so I picked that up and it currently graces my desk.

For anyone interested in geology, this might be an interesting feasture...made a nice frame for my image in my case

For anyone interested in geology, this might be an interesting feasture…made a nice frame for my image in my case

Further down, I did find a random feature. I have no idea what is it, bar a hole in the face of the rock shore. As you can see, there was a rope running up alongside it as well, so it’s either used or has been used of late for something. I don’t know whether someone stashes gear in there to keep it out of harms way (pesky seals) or even sleeps in there themselves…some fisherman go to extremes for their sport after all and it was about that size. Let me know what you think.

That mystery cavern just above head height. What's it for? Looks like it took some considerable work to make so it's got to be pretty important...

That mystery cavern just above head height. What’s it for? Looks like it took some considerable work to make so it’s got to be pretty important…

Anyway, that’s about the size of it this week, hope you enjoy the rest of the day and thanks again for dropping by. Whilst I have been typing, it has once again started raining and I was due to go out for a spin in my car. I’d just washed the wheels yesterday too. Grrr…..

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