Far too many fallen trees

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He woke to find a sprinkling of snow on his balcony.

This was a coincidence because we woke to snow here too . . .

. . . and we had to walk very carefully to church to sing in the church choir.

Although it was sunny, it was cold and we still had to walk very carefully when we came home.

As I try to record our life and surroundings and there was a lot to record today, I took far too many pictures. I apologise for wearing out the patience of readers. A lot of the pictures are in galleries which can be scooted past at speed by readers who are just waiting for the flying bird of the day.

There was more than the usual amount of flying birds in the garden today . . .

. . . along with winter blackbirds . . .

. . . a fleeting starling . . .

. . . and chaffinches in snow and sunshine.

The chaffinch in the sunshine marked the end of the light snowfall for the morning, so I had lunch and went out for a walk to enjoy the sun, the birds and the views while I walked up the river to the High Mill Brig and the Baggra.

My afternoon choir in Carlisle had been cancelled and replaced by a Zoom meeting, so I had time to wander about noting that the sun had cleared any snow off the tops of the hills round the town while leaving some snowy paths for me to walk along.

Snow was to be seen on a higher hill up the valley.

I was pleased to find that some prominent lone trees had not been blown down . . .

. . . but the nearer that I got to the river, the more fallen trees I saw . . .

. . . and when I got down to the Duchess Bridge, there were trees scattered everywhere.

Someone had cleared a tree from the bridge which had damaged the parapet.

A large old oak and been blown down into the river, damaging quite a bit of the road at the same time.

Indeed, the view from the bridge up river was quite shocking.

I could cross the bridge, but I couldn’t take a path in either direction when I had done so as they were both blocked. The path round the pheasant hatchery was blocked too with trees lying in serried ranks one behind another.

My only choice was to take the path down to the Jubilee Bridge, and I had to make a diversion round another tree there. It will take a lot of work to get our popular paths back into safe walking conditions.

The woods on the far bank of the river have been extensively damaged and it is thought that the road to Bentpath will be closed for some time until they are cleared.

In spite of the damage that I witnessed, I enjoyed my walk as there was fungus to see on the way as well as fallen trees . . .

. . . and it was a beautiful if chilly day.

I got home in time to have a cup of tea before my virtual Zoom practice with the Carlisle choir. The Zoom event did have the great benefit of making me realise how good the actual practices, however unsatisfactory, are when they are compared with Zooming for singing.

In the evening, we went back to the church where the minister had decided to hold a hastily arranged and poorly advertised Advent Carol Service. The choir outnumbered the congregation by a factor of four to one. As there were only four of us in the choir, this made us question the meaning of life a bit. We sang heartily and went home.

Finally, and not before time, we come to the flying bird of the day. It is a blue tit.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

34 thoughts on “Far too many fallen trees

  1. We had an F! tornado blow through here years ago and I don’t think it did that much damage. It must have been quite a storm. It’s a hard thing to see all those trees down.
    The way it works here is the town gets financial help from the state to clean up the damage. I hope something similar happens there. That’s a lot of man hours.
    There was a lot of beauty to see too, though. The snow covered hill, for instance.

    1. The cleaning up of trees blocking local roads will be done by our local council out of their own budget I would think but the main roads are the responsibility of the government. Damage to paths and tracks will be sorted by the landowners (including the community buy-out where necessary).

  2. I love the galleries…because it’s wonderful to see more of the birds’ poses, if you will, and why waste time and anguish trying to choose the one best photograph if you have many? We haven’t had any snow that stuck yet. Sad to see so many trees down – thank you for including some mighty ones still standing. I couldn’t agree more: singing in a choir these days is…definitely questioning the meaning of life itself.

  3. I cannot help mourning the loss of so many trees all at once. Your photographs clearly illustrate the extent of the destructive storm and I hope this does not mean more of this intensity will follow in its wake.

  4. That is truly shocking to see the number of trees down. I wonder who will be employed to clean up the huge mess and repair the roads and bridge?
    Stacy Horn, a writer from New York City and one of my favourites, wrote a lovely book called Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, about her experience singing with a choir.

    1. Singing in choirs is good fun, I agree but we badly need new members who can sing well in the tenor section. Most of the woods round the us still belong to the Duke, so his men will do a lot of the tidying up. The council roads department will weigh in too, but there is such a lot of work to be done that it will take time.

  5. Wonderful colour in your riverside photographs, terrible destruction in the woods, I hope you don’t get another storm like that this winter. We had 7 in our choir and 12 or so in the congregation at our well advertised Advent Carol Service. It was a beautiful thoughtful service all the same.

  6. It was a great day for photographs – enjoyed the lovely views and was amazed by the amount of destruction. Sorry you missed your Carlisle singing and that there were not more people at the Advent Carol Service.

  7. Its never great when the “performers” outnumber the “audience”. I hope the singing was enjoyable, though. That view up the river is indeed shocking…what a mess!

  8. It is sad to see so many fallen trees. That storm seems to have brought in a cold front. The first snow is beautiful to look at, and I am sure t he birds appreciate a good morning meal of seed after a cold night.

    Relatives reported that the east coast got snow, and sub-freezing temperatures. It is still mild here, so far, at 48 degrees and raining early this morning. The sun is trying to burn through the cloud cover. I will hopefully get my last sack of daffodils planted today.

    1. Mrs T has got all her tulips in and is pleased to have done it before the cold weather came. Our cold snap is going to turn to warmth before becoming cold again.

  9. Proper wonderful winter woodland scenes but sad to see all those fallen trees. Lovely bird photos too- they’ll have cheered you up after the disappointment of your choir and lack of congregation.

    1. There are still people waiting to get their power back on after three days so we were very lucky. But all the same,a bit of cheerful news would help. The virus news in not encouraging at the moment.

  10. You take the best photos of starlings. And the photo of the snow-laden hill backing the still-green hillside dotted with sheep was just amazing. As for your treepocalypse, I have no words except that I hope someone can put the wood to good use.

  11. Quite a devastating aftermath from the storms.
    But hopefully nobody was injured..
    We had a few trees down which blocked the only road into our local village,only a 20 minute walk away.
    We had heavy snow and sub zero temperatures so walking was only safe wearing crampons.
    Hope the clear up operation doesn’t take too long.

    1. Our snow was very light and soon disappeared before it was able to form ice so we were lucky. I have got attachments for my boots if the ice does come. The roads should be clear soon, but the paths and tracks may take some time.

  12. Too bad about all those lovely trees being blown down in the storm, Tom. Nature can be very destructive. A lovely shot of the hillside in sunshine and you can never have too many bird pictures.

  13. Good job documenting the destruction. You have me wondering if all those trees that fell into the river are cleared away. The rules here are to leave any fallen trees to form habitat for the fish and help keep the water from heating up beyond what the fish can tolerate (from global warming). Then again I don’t think I’ve seen so many mowed down as in your one picture.

    1. I don’t think that they will leave them in the river if they can manage to clear them off. They would present a real threat to our bridges if there was a big flood.

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