A woodland walk on a cloudy day.  The sky was palest grey but the woodland floor was blue.

 

The woods were peaceful today but countless fallen trees were a reminder of the fury of November’s Storm Arwen.

 

On some north-facing hillsides (like the one in the background of this picture), conifer plantations were clear-felled by the wind.

 

In mixed woodland on the other side of the valley the wind was more selective.

 

In human terms the trail of snapped and uprooted trees is a picture of destruction.

 

For wild plants and animals, change offers new possibilities for growth.

 

Bluebells struggle to survive in dense, shady plantations.  Where sunlight reaches between the trees, the bluebells burst into growth and flower, storing energy for darker days ahead.

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