The fruits of exploration

Going off on long walks across the local countryside and through nearby woodlands is not only relaxing (there’s something quite grounding about taking a walk in such places), but can also yield a great arsenal of awesome trees that have been battered by the elements.

Below are a few of my favourite ones from today’s walk. Some fungi pictures from the exploration will follow later on today.

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From this angle is appears that this hedgerow oak has partially failed at the butt-root plate fulcrum.
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Looking from the other angle confirms this. It is leaning in a north-easterly direction, plum with the prevailing south-westerly winds.
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Panning out, the lean becomes very much evident.
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Some moons ago, a log was placed between this fork of a sweet chestnut. Now the log is in the way!
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Not to worry, as the tree will simply assume this log as part of its structure – the pursuit of uniform stress. Forever will this be a weak pont, however.
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A windthrown hornbeam that has remained hung-up in the canopy, and still attached (in part) to the butt. The ecological value of such deadwood is critical, providing increased woodland texture and enabling for better connectivity to the canopy layer. Remember, a woodland is not one structure – there are many structures within, from the floor to the top of the canopy.
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The fruits of exploration

2 thoughts on “The fruits of exploration

    1. This woodland was full of them! It’s an old coppice woodland full of sweet chestnut and hornbeam, with the odd cluster of birch and holly, and some standard oak (particularly arond the border). As with all woods around this area, the coppice management lapsed – likely when demand for wood products fell some decades ago. This hornbeam was actually a single-stemmed one, so I imagine it either regenerated right after the last coppice cycle, or was left for some reason. I suspect the former.

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