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Clearing the Forests following Storm Darwin , a (Before and after) Gallery.

Breanomore forest, Slievenamon, county Tipperary. Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Breanomore forest, Slievenamon, county Tipperary.
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

On the 12th of February this year Ireland was hit by the remains of a hurricane given the name of Darwin, by the time it hit us it was down rated to a storm but its power was truly stunning.

Locally in counties Tipperary and Kilkenny there was a lot of damage to peoples property and farm building but the forests and their trees where the most affected. Irish Forestry lost almost one years worth of timber , the same amount that would have been harvested in 2014.

It is only in the last month that most of the local fallen trees have been removed, sadly however to do this it has meant clear felling very large areas of our local woodlands.

The images here where taken during the the year and include the after effects of the storm and then images of Forest workers during the process of clearing some one sq mile of Breanomore forest near the mountain of Slievenamon, County Tipperary.

The last set of images show how the forest looks now, a vast area has been cleared. The effects of Storm Darwin are still very clear even now in November and the work to remove damaged and fallen trees will continue for sometime to come.

A true reminder of the power of nature.

The results of the February storms

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 10

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 05

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 09

KIlkenny Forests after Storm Darwin 07.

Forest workers clearing the trees

Irish forester work 3

Irish forester work 4

Irish forester work 5.

The Forest after being cleared

Remains of forest clearance 1

Remains of forest clearance 2

Remains of forest clearance 3

9 responses

  1. Your photographs are really stunning Nigel, the destruction of Darwin has placed its mark of the historical grounds. But hopefully over time you’ll see the hand of mother nature grooming the land again with the growth of new trees and brush.

    November 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    • Hello Mary πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you liked them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Yes I guess sooner than it would seem possible , new trees do very well around here it only seams to take 5 years and they are up and growing very well πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      November 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  2. Always a sad sight, no matter the reason. Even So, Blessings for a Week End filled with Happiness and Creativity ~

    November 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    • Hello Morgan πŸ™‚

      Thank you have a great weekend and week ahead πŸ™‚

      November 8, 2014 at 11:32 pm

  3. Nigel, your images are just beautiful. That first one and the third from end are like Sam Mateer paintings!

    November 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    • Hello Patsy. πŸ™‚

      Thank you,that’s a lovely thing to say – very pleased you liked this post πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

      November 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm

  4. A striking set of pictures; the third in the second set is particulalry effective imo. It is almost as if the tree had exploded, which conveys the great impact of the storm.

    November 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    • Hello thank you, very pleased you. Enjoyed this post πŸ™‚

      November 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm

  5. That’s just brutal. But the captures are wonderful.

    November 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm

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