Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

Sometimes, when you are looking for one thing, you see something quite unexpected.

On our walk through the woods, searching for patches of still vibrant bluebells, I came upon this sight, a dead tree, picked out in a spotlight of sunshine. It may have been dead but it was supporting other life forms, the most obvious being this lichen.

Dead trees are very valuable in other ways.
Dead wood is packed with nutrients and it’s a great home, too. There are a whole host of species that live in it, eat it and eat the things that live in it, plus, it’s good for the environment...

Dead wood slowly releases a steady flow of nutrients into the soil as it decays, feeding the plants around it. And it can make soil more stable.

Insects live in dead wood. And they in turn feed birds and mammals.

Decaying wood contains lots of holes, which provide a home for nesting birds and bats. And it’s soft and easy to excavate, so animals can make holes when they can’t find any.

There are so many uses for dead wood but on this day, it just looked beautiful in the limelight!

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9437 W: 371 N: 21849] (85862)
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