Sunday, 8 January 2012

Delamere Forest................................... a winter visit to Blakemere Moss

I continued through the forest towards Blakemere Moss.
We have had a lot of rain recently and I wanted how it has effected the pool.

Blakemere Moss was drained around 1815 supposedly by prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars during the 19th century and was unsuccessfully planted with oak and later with Scots pine.
In the 1990's the trees were removed but the stumps remain.

The water level had risen since my last visit in October.
This was the path through the forest before the trees were felled and the dams removed
Under a grey winter sky it had lost some of it's magical prehistoric appearance.

I have added a few of my images from 3 months ago to show the changes.
The first 2 are taken from the same spot as the ones above.



If you want to view Octobers post it is here...  LINK

 I made my way back through the forest...

... to the switchback road where I had left my car.

33 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Nice place Andrew..... i like these pictures.

Greetings, Joop

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Amazing transformation. I imagine the wildlife will adapt quickly. :)

eileeninmd said...

Lovely series, Andrew! I looks like a great place to hike and bird. Have a wonderful Sunday!

grammie g said...

Hi Andrew...What a difference a season makes ...I do enjoy seeing the look of winter scenes, things that you can't see in summer !
Good for the water to be up!
Liked the bummpy tree in yesterdays post!!
Grace

Bob Bushell said...

Good to look at the water levels. It is so brilliant to go there.

TexWisGirl said...

i love the tree in the 2nd to last shot. lucky you and all your RAINS!!!

ADRIAN said...

It is a fantastic place. It does need light. I'll be back.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That looks like an old and ancient forest you were walking through.

holdingmoments said...

Interesting to see how the water levels have changed.

NatureFootstep said...

I have to say I like the summer version better. :)

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

I Do like you lead in lines on those photos, the stumps above the water line is a particular favorite.

Shaun

Jeanne said...

Such a difference between seasons. I expect this is a great place for bird siting. Am investigating this more in Texas, as it looks so fun. Have a lovely weekend, Cheers, Jeanne

Art said...

Lovely series, I enjoy it very much!
Have a nice Sunday!

Carole Meisenhelter said...

nice walk Andrew; great photos. All those wintered trees make great statements

Mama Zen said...

That next to the last shot is my favorite. What a cool tree!

MoiCLouLou said...

Sad all these trees that were cut... Do you know the type of tree in the picture before the last one? Love this tree.

Nice pictures, but as on said, I prefer the pictures that were taken earlier.

Thank for sharing,
Louise

barbara l. hale said...

Those pics of the water with the "pathway" through the tree stumps are really something else. And the old tree trunks and roots are wonderful!

The Glebe Blog said...

Great photos Andrew.
One thing I have noticed since coming back to Scotland is that the forestry commission are much more responsible these days.Here in Scotland they also have a project by the name of 'Community Involvement in Private Woodlands' to try to encourage biodiversity and good management of failing forests.

Rose said...

Kind of a strange place...not sure how to explain what I mean...but I am really drawn to it.

Jean said...

It is interesting how the place has changed. Nice pictorial, Andrew.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

It does look prehistoric. Wonderful images and series, Andrew. Thanks for sharing this fascinating place.

Inger-M said...

Wow, it does look different in the various shots. It's amazing how water will change the landscape. I love those mighty big trees! Nice series.

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Rohrerbot said...

Looks like a fun stroll here. Great shots!

cieldequimper said...

Looks like water was badly needed...

Happy New Year!

NicoleB said...

What a fascinating place!
It is so eerie to see those tree stumps and the path to the middle of the lake.
Wonderful shots!

Ruby said...

Too bad the trees were felled. very interesting pictures.

The Herald said...

Interesting to see how, in just a few months, the landscape can change so dramatically...[;o)

the cuby poet said...

I have arrived here via Crafty Green Poet. I don't know Cheshire at all except by signs on the M6! Your photos are both interesting and informative and this one raises questions about woodland/forest management. Will visit again.

JM said...

I would love to walk there. Love the previous post too.

Pantherka said...

Stumps, tree trunks ... beautiful!

NixBlog said...

Wonderful images of quite an amazing place!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Very interesting to have the contrasts from the different seasons on one post -- a great idea. Beautiful place and what a change over the monoths.