I still have so many happy images to share of Thompson’s Park in Cardiff, but when I visited last week, on the day after Storm Imogen, the tree damage claimed my attention instead. I know many people have pooh-poohed the new UK and Ireland Met Office system of naming the Atlantic storms of the autumn and winter alphabetically, but it does at least give a point of reference and stop the storms merging into one. Imogen was the ninth storm since November.
I had gone to the park to see if any branches were down, but I hadn’t expected to find quite so much damage. I knew something was up as I looked through the railings of the park and saw a cordon of red and white tape. And I guessed immediately which tree had fallen. It was one I had pictured covered in orange fungi at the end of January (see here).
It was already leaning…
I had considered choosing this tree as one to follow for the year, but I suppose I guessed it wasn’t long for this world, so it’s just as well I didn’t.
In the top field of the park there were some branches down, and I found that this small one merited inspection…
But at the far side of the field a big conifer had fallen. This one was quite close to houses and by the refreshing smell all around I think it was a pine.
I know it’s natural for trees to grow old and die, but I still feel sad when one is claimed by strong winds – these gusts were apparently around 90 miles an hour or stronger.