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In the beech wood (5th April 2006)

beech trees (5th April 2006)

tiny stream in beech wood (5th April 2006)


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A walk in the Hermitage of Braid (Part 2)

More photos from my Wednesday wander in the Hermitage of Braid. Monochrome!

First up: a stand of trees on a small mound. Some beech and a huge sycamore in there, so I remember. A lot of storm damage though, with plenty of deadwood on the ground and a couple of dead trunks.

trees on a mound

This next photo is a closeup of a nicely decomposing dead standing trunk. Check out the little holes made by woodworm or perhaps some kind of bark beetles.

deadwood close-up

This tall and skinny tree looked like a sycamore. I'm not totally certain it was though - I can't ever remember seeing one so gaunt. But with this being in the bottom of a narrow valley, it would have had to grow tall out of necessity.

tall and skinny sycamore?

Finally, I have a photograph of a fallen branch in the Braid Burn (a burn is the Scots word for a stream or small river).

fallen branch in the burn


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A walk in the Hermitage of Braid (Part 1)

Yesterday I took a walk in the Hermitage of Braid, a small valley woodland area in Edinburgh. The trees are mainly broadleaved species, and there are quite a few big old specimens. Take the following, for example:

unidentified tree - maybe a Tilia?

Unfortunately, I didn't pay too much attention to what flavour tree it was. From the photograph the branches look beechey but judging by the bark I'd say this is probably some kind of lime (Tilia) or maybe an oak.

The next photograph shows another tree of the same species with an impressive wound. There was a fair bit of wind damage like this in the Hermitage.

wounded soldier

Even with all the deciduous trees still devoid of leaves, this little sycamore seedling growing on a burn-side rock appeared like a symbol of the impending spring.

sycamore seedling

The beech buds in the next picture might remain closed for another month or so yet. Bring on the summer!

beech buds


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Scots pine & larch

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) and larch on Whitwell Moor.
Taken 3rd April 2006.


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Gnarly birch

Downy birch (Betula pubescens) on Whitwell Moor.
Taken 3rd April 2006.


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