Today’s Pictures: 12 Apr 21

‘There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.’
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre.

Daily shots from our walks in the local forest will continue here for a little while longer. And I’m adding another from my collection of pictures to show more of the world and its wonders. I may replace this series with a series of single pictures from my files, once it has run its course.
If shared on social media, more people will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of our world, so please do that if you can. Thank you. We might also restore a bit of love and respect for nature and help slow the damage we’ve inflicted on our world.

All photographs here are my own, unless otherwise credited. More of my pictures can be found here. And a small sample of my work lives under the ‘Gallery’ tab, top of this page.

19 thoughts on “Today’s Pictures: 12 Apr 21

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    1. Yes, sad, Brenda. But the forest is a working place of business. The trees are mostly grown as a crop. Some will live out their lives in fifty, sixty years. Others will last a hundred years, and many of the hardwoods will be left for over two hundred years. They’ll mostly be used in construction and furniture. Almost none of the trees go for pulping to make paper, as that is generally sourced elsewhere. But, on the plus side, if they were no cultivated, there would be none of the associated wildlife, and the forest would be farmed where that was possible. And, as it’s a publickly owned concern, we have free access to enjoy the trees. They always plant new after they fell the old trees, after a brief spell of fallow time. We’re a small country, so we don’t have the luxury of allowing large areas of forest to be left to nature, unfortunately.

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    1. Thank you, Suzette. We consider this part of the forest a ‘magical’ place due to the softness underfoot and the easy access through the trees. It always has a welcoming atmosphere.

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    1. They’re Douglas Firs, Lynette. The tallest trees to grow in the UK. It’s a plantation that will, eventually, be felled for timber. But we hope that won’t happen for a long time yet. We love this part of the forest; so open but also mysterious. One of our favourite places, where we can easily walk wherever we like without following paths.

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        1. I gather they can grow up to 400 feet high, Lynette. Here in UK, our tallest ones reach close to 200 feet. We were among them again on this morning’s walk, and found another new route to take us back to a familiar path. Love exploring the woods!

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          1. Yes, they can become very tall. They lose their lower branches as they grow, which is partially why it can be easy to walk through a Doug-pine (that’s what they are often called in BC) forest. They are native to the BC and Washington coast with two varieties, coastal and Rocky Mountain. Interesting that they are called fir or pine as they don’t belong to either family.

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            1. Thanks for the information, Lynette. You’re right about the ease with which you can walk through them. And the canopy is quite dense, so very little undergrowth obstructs walkers.

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