Scenes Of Devastation

We were promised further heavy winds today. They were postponed until tonight, which may explain why we saw no free roaming animals on our trip to the forest.

On our way to the Milford pharmacy we stopped to watch

the waves surging with spray and crashing on rocks as they practised for the races they would be engaged in later.

Although shifting the lens just a few degrees to the right gave streaks of sunlight on the horizon,

the Isle of Wight remained invisible to the eye, despite a glimmer of blue sky, and enough light to catch the

lifebelt on a post.

Afterwards we progressed to Boldrewood via Lymington. Traffic lights on Southampton Road facilitated my photographing this pink magnolia set against the blue wash and fine Georgian window of an elegant terraced house of the period.

On the approach to Boldre Lane a couple of field horses showed eagerness to see what was occurring over their hedge.

The woodland itself presented

scenes of devastation such as are in evidence throughout the forest.

This evening we dined on Mr Pink’s fish and chips, pickled onions and gherkins with which we both drank Wairau Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2019.

Jackie’s photo story from this afternoon warrants a separate post which forms a sequel to this one.



  1. Oh dear, you’re in for it again! The poor forest is taking a beating too. Yesterday I saw another tree had come down in our park while we were away from home and this was while we were enjoying the last of summer……. I’m beginning to think there won’t be many left by the time we get through the coming winter. Batten down the hatches!

  2. What a very restless sea today. The forest really looks to be in the wars. So sad to see trees fallen before their time. Hope the winds donโ€™t keep you awake tonight.

  3. Your wood has suffered a lot. Still the fallen trees and boughs will make good homes for minute animal organisations as Bernard Miles called them.

  4. We can never truly predict Mother Nature’s mood…so we just have to deal with it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your photos are so amazing and expressive, Derrick!
    The pink magnolia photo is magnificent!
    We had a day of rain…4 more rain days ahead…then they say a cloudy day and then 2 days of snow! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. So many trees cracked over! I hope some of them recover. As always, wonderful horse pictures. Surely those equine inhabitants of the forest deserve an exhibit?

  6. The magnolia is splendid…. Thought at first it was set against a blue sky, then realised it was the colour of the walls of a house.

  7. Lets hope all these winds will finaly make room for lovely cam weather. Here too it continues to be stormy right up to the present. Lovely photos Derrick.

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