Sunday, 21 September 2014

The aftermath of the storm

I have just spent a very enjoyable week in North Wales which of course included a visit to Portmeirion.  We were very lucky as the weather was amazing for all the time we were there.  The sun shone, it was warm and much ice-cream was consumed.
As ever when I am at Portmeirion I love to wander around the Gwyllt.  This time though the journey to my favourite bench was tinged with some sadness as it quickly became clear that the severe storms that happened in earlier this year had taken their toll on the Gwyllt trees.



Signs of fallen, leaning and removed trees were particularly evident the further up into the Gwyllt we went.
It was very sad to see such fallen glory, but of course this is what happens in nature, trees get old, they weaken and strong winds can fell the mightiest of trees.  This gives new opportunities as space is opened up and light suddenly reaches in where it has not been before.
Whilst I was wandering around the Gwyllt and thinking about these fallen trees was almost exactly the same time as the tree behind my own garden was being reduced.  The co-incidence of this did not escape me.

As you get to the viewpoint and sit and watch the patterns of the sea winding through the sands towards Porthmadog and Borth y Gest time just stops.  There is a peace at this place that I find rare and beautiful.  No matter how often I visit I am yet to tire of it.
No wonder it is my favourite place.

5 comments :

  1. I have visited Portmeirion, but not the Gwyllt. What a sad sight to see so many trees destroyed by a storm. Your last photograph is beautiful, thank you for sharing this.

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  2. Lovely spot, I'm not surprised it is your favourite. It is such a shame when huge giants keel over, but then, young ones have a chance to grow now in the increased light, in a few years I'm sure any scars will have disappeared.

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  3. Wow, some real sever damage to the trees - always sad to see. However, that final photo shows what a beautiful place it is and I see why you so love visiting there. The sea reminds me of the lake here in front of my home and gardens. I get to see it everyday - many times. Even here where I write my blog, the lake can be seen extending North for 18 miles and South for 20 miles all from my desk. Am very blessed indeed. Jack

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  4. Typhoons often come to our area (a south west part of Japan) every year. Our favorite cherry tree in our garden had lost a large branch several years ago. I and my wife were shocked, however, the cherry blossoms beautifully every spring and we really love it more than ever. I wrote this story on 23 July in my blog.

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  5. Its a magical part of the world, that looks like a perfect spot to enjoy it from too.

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