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Spring Springs...

A bit greyer today, but the sun has come back this week.  I love it when the mist lies over the river. 

I took some photos in the woods a couple of days ago, remembering that when I looked for photos of shadows, there didn't seem to be so many (probably I won't be able to find these when I look for them later, but never mind...)

They've been doing a lot of tree felling in Greenscoombe wood, so it's a lot more open than it used to be. This section used to be all thick black conifers like you can still see on the other side of the valley, and sections of larch, which apparently are prone to some new disease.  It's all been replanted, but at the moment this section is bright and sunny and the views have opened up.

I wondered about the use of those ubiquitous ugly plastic tree-sapling protectors. A lot of this area used to be mineworkings and market gardens, it's not as though you don't get trees *anyway* even if you just leave it.  I mean I suppose the deer take some of them, but the trees do seem to survive.  And the new sapling trees don't seem to be a special kind that would need so much protection, though admittedly they aren't in leaf yet so its hard to identify them, at least some are oaks because they had the old leaves still hanging. 

But then I noticed that not all of the planted saplings are in plastic containers, so possibly there is some sort of experiment going on here as to the need for them?  I hope so!  Newly planted land would be a lot prettier if it wasn't full of plastic boxes, and often the plastic boxes never get removed, which is awfully ugly.  Though I know deer and rabbits can be a rotten nuisance with new plantings.

It was so hot, some of us took our clothes off.  Here is a NAKED Rosie! 

There's been a lot of tree felling here too, so although there are some dark conifers still left at the moment to frame the view, you can see down to the river.

The celandines were shining bright on the way home that day, so I stopped to take a photo of  them.



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13th Apr, 2018 10:35 (UTC)
Spring must be here - Rosie has her coat off!

Lovely pictures.

Quite apart from being an eyesore, those sapling protectors do seem to blow down and take the saplings with them whenever there's a big storm. But I suppose that if there's a big deer population locally they might be necessary.
13th Apr, 2018 11:08 (UTC)
Also, that moment when you see a poor tree that has grown up right through its protector and is wearing it as a sort of ridiculous and ugly skirt!

I don't dislike them as much as when trees are staked and nobody ever comes to take the strap off again so the poor tree ends up half-strangling, but still, trees did make it somehow through a lot of centuries before they had to grow up in boxes!

But Greenscoombe wood will be really nice when it's all deciduous native woodland rather than gloomy conifer plantations. Not that I entirely dislike the conifer plantations either - they smell wonderful with the sun on them, and I like the way that bright light falls so sharply through them too...
14th Apr, 2018 08:26 (UTC)
14th Apr, 2018 10:02 (UTC)
Spring! Spring! Your valley is so beautiful (not to mention Rosie). And the first view looks a bit Shire-ish.
I'm glad in other contries a felled wood is immidietly replanted. Believe me, wasteland with old stumps looks far more uglie than any plastic protection (though not removing it later is strange - surely it may hurt the growing tree?)
Off-top: I've just read your "Statute..." and like it. It somehow feels very warm. I can practically see Elrond with an amused look in his eyes. Thanks
UPD: you mean, conifer trees are not native here? They all would be replaced? What a pity, they look so good on your pictures of the valley.

Edited at 2018-04-14 10:07 (UTC)
14th Apr, 2018 14:20 (UTC)
I think the theory is that the protector is removed later, but it doesn't always happen!

I'm not honestly sure if the reason we don't tend to get naturally-occurring conifer woodland here is that the weather isn't quite right for them, or if it's that this is kind of a tiny country with a lot of people in it and the native broadleaf species like oak, ash, hazel and blackthorn tolerate regular cutting for firewood etc more easily (cut a hazel down to stumps and it will bounce back and be twice the size a few years later!) But anyway, most of the butterflies and birds and flowers tend to be adapted to broadleaf-woodland that is cut periodically, so conifer plantations are often thought less desirable.

I'm glad to hear you liked the 'Statute!' (It's perhaps easier to write Bilbo than it is to write Epic Elves, since Bilbo should sound more human and 'ordinary'!)

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