Friday, 13 September 2013

The Woods

Some of you may remember that back in the Spring, I started to take photos of a small area of woodland that was cleared.
This is how things looked in early May:
I decided that I would talk photos of the area twice a month for at least a year to see how quickly the area recovered - or failed to recover.
This is how it looks now:

I think that this is pretty impressive, don't you?  The tree stumps are busy coppicing (growing new, multiple trunks/branches), and the general ground cover is also mending itself.  The only place that seems to be really suffering is on the mid-left, where the trucks compacted the earth.

Just goes to show, there is no stopping nature, it just keeps on going.   As I often point out to people who say that Climate Change could bring about the end of the world -  No, it will only be the end of People.

To quote Jeff Goldblum:


agg79 said...

So true. No matter how hard we try to "improve" things, life does indeed find a way. I get depressed when I see some new construction project plow down a stand of trees only to put up another strip mall or parking lot. Nice to see nature persevere.

ShadowRun300 said...

It always saddens me to see natural areas cleared. So it's great to see your area coming back to life.
We have a Maple tree in our back yard that was dying. We cut it down to the stump, and lo and behold it's growing back bigger, better, faster, stronger! :)

Riot Kitty said...

That was one of my favorite of his roles. And yeah, nature's amazing. We're the dumbest species, clearly.

meleah rebeccah said...

"I think that this is pretty impressive, don't you?"

Yes, indeed. Wow.

terri said...

The woods are recovering impressively! And I think you make a good point. I think we tend to look at life as it is and tend to think that if life as we know it ends, that's it. But as Jeff Goldblum explains in the video, life finds a way. And as you said, maybe that way is not the one we're familiar and comfortable with, but it will go on, with or without us.

CiCi said...

We may not be the creatures on the planet to survive but is would be interesting to see the next "generation" that can survive without destroying itself.

Abby said...

Wow, looks great! Life truly does find a way.