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