Wood in early summer

June has started cool, wet and windy, just like May. So progress is slow in the garden. The wood (conifer and ash plantation in reality) is at it’s best now, as despite the weather, all is lush and green around the edges. All the harder to think that much of it will be felled in the next few months. I’m continuing to try and document it in photographs. There are two oak trees in one corner of some planted larch. I hope they can be saved.

Oak leaf

Oak leaf

The fern was marking a great shadow on the fallen larch stem. The ash is still coming into full leaf. These trees will remain. Where once the ground flora was dominated by brambles other species such as Herb Robert, hedge woundworth and elder are coming in now.

This is a thrush anvil. A convenient stone that a thrush will come to and use to smash open snail shells. This one must be in use for some time as there was a whole graveyard of snail shells scattered around it.

Yesterday’s wind knocked off some of the delicate branch tips of the pine trees. I love the way they are bunched so tight together. The bright yellow marsh marigolds are growing in one of the drains, a splash of colour in an otherwise dark corner of the wood.

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9 thoughts on “Wood in early summer

  1. Eliza Waters

    Such a lovely wood…why is it being cut down? It always breaks my heart to see clear-cutting. I think of all the ‘little people’ (birds, insects, mammals) that live there and wonder where they will go. I wish we had a bird that ate our slugs and snails!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It’s a plantation forest grown for timber. On positive side it will be replanted. There is hopefully enough new woodland around that most of the animals will find new homes, but some undoubtedly will be lost too.

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  2. Jane

    What detail these pictures reveal – the fern’s shadow on larch is so subtle and I don’t think I’ve really seen the green tips of the pines – clever old nature.

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