The day after the storm that cut off our electricity, Richard and I decided to take a short walk to see what damage the wind had caused.
The wind was still blowing quite strongly and it was cold but we enjoyed being out in the fresh air.
This tree had been part of a hedge round a field. It looks as though it had been dead for a while before it was felled by the storm. The tree had snapped at ground level. Dead trees can be very useful as host to so many other organisms; providing food and shelter for many creatures. They are left in hedges until either the wind knocks them over or until the landowner thinks they are becoming a danger to people passing by on roads or paths.
This one could have been dead already, as well. The trunk had snapped three feet up from the ground and the tree was covered in ivy. Ivy (Hedera helix) is usually no problem on a healthy tree but it can smother weak trees and the ivy here would have caused a lot of resistance to the gale-force winds.
A week later we drove to Minsmere Nature Reserve owned by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). We decided to walk out towards the sea.
Here is a link which describes the anti-tank cubes at Walberswick – a village a few miles to the north of Minsmere.
We liked the cloud formation here. Stratocumulus undulatus, we have been told.
A slideshow showing some of the birds we saw on the Scrape
They are not as clear as I would have liked as I wasn’t using a tripod or our better camera. I include the blurred first one mainly for the beautiful colour of the moon as it rose.
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