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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 6th February, 2019)

Log Piles

Log Piles
A lot of trees have been cut down in Haigh Plantations.

Photo: David  (Canon PowerShot SX240 HS)
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Comment by: Mick on 6th February 2019 at 07:26

Its good that the Wigan council are thinning out the trees

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th February 2019 at 07:32

I like this photo very much David. The stillness & the starkness. Beautiful.

Comment by: Dog walker on 6th February 2019 at 07:34

Even woodland needs managing. Something the council never did. This should now generate new growth.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 6th February 2019 at 08:24

Super shot, David.

So peaceful.

Comment by: irene roberts on 6th February 2019 at 08:31

I agree with Helen's words on this beautiful, peaceful scene.

Comment by: Poet on 6th February 2019 at 08:40

Reminds me of a still from a Coen Brothers film , where there always seems to be sinister mysterious tracks leading through snowy woods.

Comment by: kath on 6th February 2019 at 09:10


Comment by: Rev David Long on 6th February 2019 at 09:40

Dog walker - I think you're being a bit harsh about 'the council'. Whatever is being done now is happening under their continued ownership. Ideas of woodland management have changed in recent years - for instance, acres of beautiful-looking rhododendrons have been removed from our woods as it became apparent that diseases they harboured were killing our native trees, especially oaks, as well as preventing other plants from growing beneath the trees. Also, the Forestry Commission is clearing away sterile pine forests in sensitive areas such as the Lake District to plant broad-leaved native species. This both improves the view and promotes biodiversity. Wigan Council are spending a lot of money at Haigh Hall and it shows.

Comment by: Alan on 6th February 2019 at 09:58

Good point Rev Long.

Comment by: DTease on 6th February 2019 at 10:35

I agree that there have been some improvements Rev Long, but I would hate to see the Plantations become TOO commercialized. It just seems that the Council have a policy now of making as much money as they possibly can from the Hall and grounds and what the people of Wigan and District want is coming a very poor second.

Comment by: Dorothy on 6th February 2019 at 11:28

Lovely scene, so natural with piles of logs, would make a nice painting, wonder if Sherlock is lurking in the mist.

Comment by: Ron D on 6th February 2019 at 11:30

Nice composition .Like it a lot.

Comment by: Garry on 6th February 2019 at 11:40

Brr time to put more coal on my fire. Sherry later.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th February 2019 at 12:59

It does look nice and tidy- and the light dusting of snow and piled up logs give the photograph interest. Years ago you wouldn't have seen anyone coming towards you around the bend - the plants were so congested.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 6th February 2019 at 13:44

This is another photo that Maureen would make a great painting of, I don't think she realises how talented she is !

Comment by: DTease on 6th February 2019 at 13:53

Makes you wonder how forests and woods ever managed without us humans.

Comment by: peter on 6th February 2019 at 15:12

nice moody shot David
how's that powershot going for the pictures
is it better than the G series cameras

Comment by: Kenee on 6th February 2019 at 17:11

Spot on, Poet. Miller's Crossing or Fargo.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 6th February 2019 at 20:19

DTease - woodlands were being harvested, or managed, even before we humans were able to wield an axe. Our effect upon them has been proportionate to our population and exploitation in any given area. Vast forests were lost to charcoal-making before coal replaced it as the fuel for iron-making. Once we stopped such wholesale exploitation the woods were left to themselves, but we humans have despoiled them and Nature has struggled to regain its former equilibrium - hence the need for us to "manage" our woodlands in an effort to establish sustainable biodiversity within them. One intervention at Haigh which I've still to witness is the introduction of a herd of pigs to play their part in replacing the function of wild boars in disturbing the floor of the woodlands.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 6th February 2019 at 21:56

I have decided to say that this photo is exactly the same as a scene in a recurring dream that I have had over the past few years. I am in some deep woods and there are paths leading off, exactly like your photo, David.

I hope I don't have bad dreams tonight..Cheers.

Comment by: Mick on 6th February 2019 at 22:15

Haigh Pigs


Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th February 2019 at 07:40

The Rev Long is right DTease. At a talk about how the English Landscape
was formed and the speaker mentioned woodland, he said it was there for a purpose not to look pretty, wood was a serious commodity, nothing was wasted, even hedge prunings were used.
The woodland at the back of us is managed by the Woodland Trust & they are a wonderful organisation but they do not manage woods very well in my view, too many dead trees, trees covered in ivy etc. Woodland has to be managed to survive.

Well thats me had my say !

Comment by: Veronica on 7th February 2019 at 09:19

In or around the eighties wood must have become scarce as furniture was made with chip board and a thin veneer of wood. I have always loved 'real' wood and never went for the trend. It became very expensive to buy actual wooden furniture. At present there is a great deal of wooden furniture described as oak, pale in colour and solid looking - so it seems we have come full circle and using wood again. There is nothing finer in my view than 'real' wood.

Comment by: Alan on 7th February 2019 at 09:36

Forests and Woods do manage without humans, look at old railway embankments.

Comment by: DTease on 7th February 2019 at 10:04

Helen, I am a firm believer in Nature being self managing. Left to her own devices, Nature managed to look after this Planet for millions of years without any help from humans.
I can understand that if a tree is diseased and a danger to the public it needs to be made safe, but over the last few years hundreds of mature trees have been felled in the Plantations and I find it hard to believe that there was a valid reason to cut down so many.
We were told that the Rhododendron's were diseased and so they were ripped out only to be replaced by impassable brambles and yet you can go anywhere in Lancashire and Yorkshire and see them growing away happily. Was this disease confined to the Plantations? Nature knows far better than we do how to look after the trees. Let her get on with it.

Comment by: Poet on 7th February 2019 at 10:42

I wonder what those learned Psychologists would make of your dream Fred. Now I've never read Freud or Jung in my life, but I'll eat my own head if they don't tell you that you're suffering from anxiety and worry about the future.
Insightful fellows.

Also, Ennerdale now looks more beautiful than ever now the regiments of pine have been felled.
The shepherds tell me the hills would be covered in woods but for the Herdwicks.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th February 2019 at 13:30

Far back in time I believe this island of ours was covered in forest- it's hard to believe that these days- it doesn't take long for land to be covered after buildings are pulled down. I must admit I get annoyed at pulling tree roots up, they seem to spring up everywhere! The land really does belong to Nature and is a force to be reckoned with!

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