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November 2007

Set A treeblog seedling update (Day 221)

Time for another retrospective seedling update: today is Day 225 for treeblog's Set A, but the photos in this post were taken last Sunday, the 4th (Day 221). Thanks are due once again to my father, who took these photos in my absence. I apologise for the blurriness of some of them , but they were the best he could get out of an early-model digital camera.

alpha Scots pine

The alpha Scots pine. I like to think of this seedling as a treeblog 'flagship', along with common alder Number 4.

gamma Scots pine

The gamma Scots pine.

grey alder Number 4

Grey alder Number 4 looking a little the worse for wear compared with how it looked back on Day 196! I think autumn is finally getting to the poor guy.

grey alders Numbers 1 and 3

Grey alder Numbers 1 and 3. Not a patch on Number 4, but still looking good.

cider gum Number 3

Cider gum Number 3 (affectionately known as 'the Freak'). Underdeveloped and strangely deformed... but still going strong. What a trooper!

cider gum Number 7

Cider gum Number 7. One of the top gums.

cider gum Number 9

Cider gum Number 9. The Top Gum.

most of Set A

Let's end on a shot of most of the Set A seedlings. The four grey alders (nee treeblog surprises) are in the background, and the first nine cider gums make up the rest. Look how grey alder Number 4 and cider gums Numbers 7, 9 and 10 tower above the rest!

Posted in The treeblog trees

1939 larch plantation in Aberfoyle

Yesterday morning one of my uni classes, Woodland Management, had a wee field trip to Aberfoyle in southeast Perthshire. We set off from Edinburgh at eight in the morning and arrived at the David Marshall Lodge about an hour and half later. The Lodge is a visitor centre for the Forestry Commission's Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. We met up with a man from Forest Research and learned a little about timber extraction whilst maintaining continuous forest cover (as opposed to clearfelling). It was decided to adopt this more aesthetically pleasing management strategy in the part of the forest we visited due to its high visibility within the local landscape. Experimental plots were set up in 1998 with an aim to determine the best way to maintain continous cover forestry using natural regeneration.

The area designated for continous cover forestry was a European larch (Larix decidua) plantation planted in 1939. With a crisp autumn day as a backdrop, it was beautiful.

larch plantation near Aberfoyle

Lovely, lovely larch.

larch and pine (overstorey) and sitka spruce (understorey)

Larch (yellow needles) and a pine species (green needles) in the overstory. Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) in the understorey.

larch trunk with '39' painted on

I'm not sure of the meaning of this number, but I don't think it is the year of planting as other trees in the same area had totally different numbers. 1939 and 39 must just be a coincidence.

Posted in Holidays and field trips

Photos from a field trip in Ormsary (September 2007)

I was on a field trip for a week at the beginning of September. A bunch of ecological science final year students in a cluster of chalets and a palace-like bungalow near Ormsary, Kintyre, Scotland. Galls, silver birch provenance trials, etc.


Oak overhead! (Photo taken on the 2nd of September 2007).

sample plot in oak woodland

Standing in a sample plot in oak (probably sessile) woodland. Check out all the bracken! The red and white thing is a two metre tall ranging pole and marks one corner of the square plot. (Photo taken on the 2nd of September 2007).

tar spots on sycamore leaves

Tar spots on sycamore leaves. Tar spots are caused by the fungus Rhytisma acerinum and don't really harm the host tree, apart from reducing the photosynthetic area of the host's leaves. (Photo taken on the 3rd of September 2007).

larch and a pine

Larch and a pine at the edge of a grassy area. (Photo taken on the 3rd of September 2007).

mushroom cloud

An interesting cloud. Mushrooms, anyone? (Photo taken on the 3rd of September 2007).

Posted in Holidays and field trips

treeblog seedling update (Day 242)

It's been almost three weeks since the last seedling update, but fret not; a new one has arrived, nice and warm like fresh bread. The photographs were taken by my father yesterday (Day 242) with a brand spanking new camera. There isn't a whole lot different to report in this new update. The biggie is that autumn has hit the grey alders, and hit 'em hard. Cider gum No. 9 has bent a little while No. 7 has straightened up. Cider gum No. 3 has got some non-crinkly leaves! Things are looking up for the black sheep of the treeblog family.

Scots pine alpha (Day 242)

The alpha Scots pine. Looking good (as always).

Scots pine gamma (Day 242)

The gamma Scots pine. Mmm, nice.

grey alder No. 4 (Day 242)

Grey alder No. 4 a.k.a. the Beast, stripped of all its verdant glory by cruel Autumn.

cider gum No. 3 (Day 242)

Cider gum No. 3 a.k.a. the Runt. Check out the uppermost pair of leaves: small yet perfectly formed.

cider gum No. 7 (Day 242)

Cider gum No. 7 on excellent form, with some splendid... form.

cider gum No. 9 (Day 242)

Cider gum No. 9. Got a bit of a lean thing going on.

Posted in The treeblog trees

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