#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 04/Mar/22

The ground here is rarely dry, as witnessed by the growth of juncus. A little used track carries walkers, and the occasional mountain biker, to a wild plateau that overlooks a railway cutting last used over 60 years ago, and now seasonally swamped by a small stream that flows from the tunnel that leads from it. The nearest mature beech tree is a good hundred yards (91 metres) distant. So, how did this large trunk arrive here, and why?
The only answer I have is a partially informed guess.
The tree this large branch once called its parent was damaged in a storm a couple of years past. The fallen branches (there were three altogether) fell across the rough road leading to a quarry used by the forest owners for stone to both sell and to use in woodland projects. Those fallen branches had to be shifted. Usually, such good quality timber is reduced to logs of a size that can be transported by road and sold to a timber mill.
Here’s the guesswork. The quarrymen work with stone, not timber. The logs were in the way. They shifted this one to a spot where it would be no longer a nuisance (the other two were smaller and cut into shorter lengths, and remain at the side of the road, not stacked for sale, but apparently abandoned. Perhaps, and here’s the optimist in me, they decided this one should be left to slowly decay and form a habitat for the many small creatures that inhabit the forest and perform vital functions in terms of the ecosystem. I hope that’s why this fallen giant remains supine in a spot definitely unsuited to the seasoning of timber!

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6 thoughts on “#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 04/Mar/22

    1. There’s a peculiarity about trees in this part of the country, Noelle. Many of them have either moss or green lichen growing on them when they’re upright and alive. I think it has something to do with the combination of mild and damp conditions.
      The tree has been there for around eighteen months, as I recall, but this was taken only a short time ago.

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        1. I’m not surprised you thought it had been in place for years rather than months, Noelle. The presence of ‘green stuff’ on the trunks and bark of our local standing trees is a feature not generally experienced.
          Further north in the UK, the presence of green lichen on parts of a tree’s trunk are considered by some to be an indication of ‘north’ as a direction for people lost in the woods. It’s unreliable, as are most such myths, but persists, nevertheless. After all, why let the truth spoil a good story, eh?

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