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The woodlands of county Kilkenny after the storm

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 10
The woodlands of county Kilkenny after storm Darwin, February 2014
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

On Wednesday last week Ireland was hit by one of the biggest Storm’s for many years .

We have had a series of them over this winter and over 262mm of rain this year to date, I have posted over the last week or so about the flooded local rivers which I spend a lot of time walking along and the effects of all this rain is clear to see.

The other locations I do a lot of walking in however is county Kilkenny’s Forests and woodlands, the images below are taken in one of our local forests Castlemorris woodlands.

On this visit however I was in complete Awe of Nature and the power it holds, The forest has lost many of its great trees and I feel that the images can only get some of the sense across of just how bad this last storm was. I can only imagine the noise and the almost complete mayhem that these woods contained during the storm that powered its way through these trees.

Many of the trees have fallen and had their branches ripped from them, the visit was one of the most amazing I think I will ever have, it was silent apart from the sound of trees creaking in the wind , the sound of broken branches resting against other trees, survivors of the days storm. It was an amazing feeling, a real lesson in the power that nature holds.

You can see in the images that the path into the woods is completely blocked with fallen trees and it will take many days to clear these woodlands and return them to normal, many gaps with be visible and many trees missed.

I will let these images tell the rest of the story!!


KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 01

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 02

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 03

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 04

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 05

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 06

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 07

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 08

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 09

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 10

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 11

25 responses

  1. Definitely wasn’t a time to go for a walk in the woods!

    February 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    • Hello Stephen πŸ™‚

      Yes I don’t think it would have been, I do wish I could have somehow , had a camera in there just to follow the events !!!

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      February 17, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  2. Beautiful!

    February 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  3. You make beautiful photos of the destruction. I especially love the eighth image, contrast between the dark mossy trunk and the raw pale wood from the ripped off branch.

    February 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    • Hello Anne πŸ™‚

      Thank you !!!

      Yes , to see opened timber like this is just amazing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      February 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

  4. Beautifully documented!!! πŸ˜‰

    February 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

  5. The pictures have a beauty, but the destruction makes you want to weep! Unfortunately, Nigel, this is what it looks like after we have an ice storm. A lot of clean up will probably be waiting until spring here. The images coming out of the UK are compelling, but not in a good way.

    February 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    • Hello Elen πŸ™‚

      Thank you , Yes I felt that too , just walking around amongst all these trees !!!!

      I am sure in some way this will be good for the forest in the long term !!!

      They say the forests do better , each tree has a little more space to grow. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      February 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  6. Oh … the poor, battered woods. Will anyone tidy them up at all?

    February 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    • Hello M. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I know , I think they have to for safety, it will take time but they will !!!

      February 17, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      • Thank goodness,Nigel! – otherwise they’d end up a no-go zone.

        February 17, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      • They will!!!

        Its easy to forget but these are peoples work places , The forestry service , they need to be safe as do people walking around !!!

        Looking at what’s happened it will be a while though !!

        February 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  7. So heart breaking. 😦

    February 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  8. This is what the woods in our wildlife preserve experienced a few months ago. Still not cleared, so walking through requires quite a bit of detouring off the path. Haven’t given up hope yet, but there’s an awful lot of work to be done to restore the trails.

    February 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  9. So sorry to hear of all the weather troubles Nigel, take care.

    February 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm

  10. Nature is, indeed, very powerful. So sad to see the destruction left in the wake of the storm.

    February 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

  11. Isn’t it amazing the damage a storm can have? Despite the power, you managed to bring beauty to the devastation.

    February 18, 2014 at 12:41 am

  12. Despite the destruction, your images remain lushly beautiful Nigel.

    February 18, 2014 at 6:21 am

  13. Nature’s way of trimming back the growth of foliage? Beautiful nevertheless.

    February 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

  14. sublime place

    February 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ , Very pleased you enjoyed the post and commented πŸ™‚

      February 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

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