From beauty spot to barren plot

Several weeks ago, a pretty fierce storm blew through the Greater Daglan Area, knocking down several trees. (Walnut trees seem to be the most frequent victims of high winds here, as their root systems are surprisingly shallow.)

Unfortunately, some of the trees that were brought down were in a shady glen that for years has been one of my favourite “beauty spots” near Daglan. Then, things got worse.

Here’s that “beauty spot” as it used to be. It’s a stretch of the Céou River near the hamlet of Bouzic, where the river (a tributary of the Dordogne) is not much bigger than a babbling brook, and where there is nice little waterfall. Behold:

Lovely, isn’t it?

Then the Cutting Crew arrived, and beyond sawing and chopping and picking up the pieces of the fallen trees, and also chopping down many standing trees. This is one of the results — a huge pile of logs beside the road:

Lots of lumber, indeed.

And this is what that shady glen was reduced to, after all the sawing had been completed:

Ah, wilderness!

As for that little waterfall — so lovely that I have used a picture of it several times as the header photo for this blog — it’s now something of a trickle, like this:

You can barely make out the “waterfall” now.

Will the forest ever come back? I expect it will, given the healthy combination of rainfall and sunshine that our area receives. But I also expect that it will take several years.

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4 Responses to From beauty spot to barren plot

  1. Lesley says:

    Is the Dutchman still up by the Tower? We have not made it for ages.

    • Loren Chudy says:

      Yes, that’s Zander at Moncalou. It’s that café/bar. We haven’t been for a long time either. But friends of ours do go there for a quiz night.

  2. Samandjill Hershfield says:

    Sad

    Could you change our email address?

    now jillandsamhershfield@gmail.com

    Merci

    On Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 5:07 AM Radio Free Daglan wrote:

    > loren24250 posted: “Several weeks ago, a pretty fierce storm blew through > the Greater Daglan Area, knocking down several trees. (Walnut trees seem to > be the most frequent victims of high winds here, as their root systems are > surprisingly shallow.) Unfortunately, some of t” >

    • Loren Chudy says:

      Sorry, but I have no idea how to change your email address. I suggest that you unsubscribe, and then subscribe again. Okay?

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