Monday, August 8, 2011

MY WORLD ~ Winter in the Wild Wood


A few days ago I went to our little Wild Wood which is left to it's
own devices, in other words, given back to God.

It had a carpet of last season's leaves and vibrant green coming
through after our autumn and winter rains, as well as bright
sulphurous lichens.


Here you see the yellow on the dead wood and a great deal
of storm damage. My excuse for a wonder in the wood was a
search for the daytime roost of a new owl I had been listening
to night after night. I had no luck as far as the owl was concerned,
it is probably hiding somewhere in the boundary pine trees or
even further afield.


Looking back along the sheep-track, the winter creek-bed
is choked with fallen trees.


I have not seen it this bad in many, many years, even the big
poplars are snapped and uprooted.




This massive nut-pine was uprooted some years ago. It is
much bigger than it appears, the diameter is at least 5' and
that rootball is at least 10' high.


past the nut-pine and along the dam (getting my feet wet
in my leaking Wellingtons). Just beyond our dam, the wood
ducks that had taken flight at my approach, were regrouping
and thinking of flying over the fence to the neighbours dam


and this is looking back across our dam towards the wild wood.



Even with the devastation, it was a nice walk, freedom, fresh air and
delicious solitude.

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34 comments:

  1. sorry for the storm damage! especially those large old trees!

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  2. I am always so at home in a woodland. Thanks for taking me along to the wild.

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  3. Sometimes, it's nice to feel the freshness of the air, have fun and unwind.

    Great shots by the way.

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

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  4. All cool images for a hot summer. Loved it!
    Thanks for sharing this beauty, Arija!

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  5. A lovely wild wood, Arija. Storm damage is inevitable, natural, and quite the right thing!

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  6. I love the walk in the wild this morning, Arija! Sorry to see the storm damage! Looks like a wonderful place to find some peace and enjoy the solitude! Great shots. Hope your week is off to a good start!

    Sylvia

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  7. Left its own devices this wild wood is sure to be lush and green again one day. Looks like you were on a wonderful and worthy adventure in search of an owl. They are rare in my neighborhood but occasionally I hear their hoot in the late evenings. What a fantastic sound!

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  8. How I would love to take this hike with you, though I would not want to infringe on your solitude! I know how we all need it! What beauty surrounds you! I love the wildness!

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  9. I enjoyed coming with you.

    Your wood looks much like the wild woods hereabouts. They are not tended at all and fallen trees stay where they are providing a habitat for all kinds of wonderful creatures. I thought I'd tell you, we were in the British Sector, it was the Americans who invaded first and the British took over later on.

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  10. I love your wildwood walk. How nice to have outside your back door. What we call storm damage is just the way nature is. Dropping the old to make room for the new.

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  11. Beautiful images of your woodland.
    I could have been viewing images of my local countryside in the UK... but during our summer lol.

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  12. Delicious solitude indeed. Lovely wintry pictures nice to view in our Summer.

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  13. Hi Arija -- your woodlands are lovely in spite of everything and as always your pictures are beautilful. I was impatient with the That's My World link not being up and I didn't even have to get up early. Hope it gets there soon (before you have to go back to bed exhausted!.

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  14. Beautiful land even with the storm damage. We are in a drought here and I shudder as I watch the old oak trees die ... their canopies turning brown.

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  15. Looks like a great walk but I'm sorry about the damage.

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  16. wow, there is a lot of damage. did you have strong storms there?

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  17. Stunning images! Somehow very inspiring - even though it's a bit sad...

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  18. I'm sorry to see you had a terrible storm there that caused damage in the woods. I hope the owl survived!

    I'm visiting from "My World Tuesday"

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  19. What a luxury you had .... to have a solitary walk in search for a wonder in nature.... with a camera. Uprooted trees are shocking to see but I hope and believe new life will germinate from the trunk of the fallen trees, otherwise they would serve as habitat for small creatures and plants. I especially like the last photo, I love it when blue sky is reflected on the water. Under these days unrelenting heat here, I miss a little cold and crisp air of winter. Thank you, Arija, for sharing your world.

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  20. Too bad about the damage. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  21. I could feel the crisp and clean air! Beautiful landscape inspite of the storm.

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  22. It looks like a lovely walk through the wild wood, even with your leaky wellingtons.

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  23. Always hate to see those huge trees uprooted. Spring will make everything look new and fresh again. Mickie ;)

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  24. That kind of solitude is priceless. Your walk in the wood, reminds me so much of our Tingsgrove. We allow much to just fall where it is and keep only a small portion tidy, and with flower gardens. Have a sweet day, sweet Arija~

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  25. Interesting to see, not so fun though with the storm damages, but it looks beautiful anyway.

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  26. What a lovely world you live in. I like the wild woods and nature. The woods ducks are a great sighting and I hope you get to see the owl soon. Wonderful photos, have a great day.

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  27. Hi there - thats a nice bit of woodland - for all the damage the wind did, think of all the fun your going to have looking for flowers in the places where the sunlight gets through! I think people forget that blowing a few trees down is actually good for the wildlife - even if its bad for a few trees!

    Cheers Stewart M

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  28. Beautiful winter look in every shot.

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  29. That is so interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Even with the storm damage, that's a beautiful area of woods. I love being in a forest, it's just about my favorite place to be. Great shots.

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  31. That's a lovely walk you took us on. Great photos.

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  32. but you have spring coming so it will be better soon. For us it is the opposite. Fall is approaching fast now.

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  33. Such exciting places you have to wander Arija, even though they look a bit out of sorts right now. Woody areas are my all time favorite.
    B.

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