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Taken from the same place as the shot below but looking north, this is the upside of the commercial logging undertaken by the Forestry Commission.Where I would have been walking in dense woodland in 2009, now there are views down to Windermere and the fells above Ambleside.This is a nice view of the Fairfield Horseshoe.(Click on the image below to see a series of shots showing the woodland before the felling)
Claife Heights,English Lake District in the Autumn with early snow on the fells.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR 18-70 lens,3 RAW images tonemapped in Photomatix Pro4 and stitched in Photoshop

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clauife heights, fairfield, ambleside, windermere, horseshoe, fells, autumn

Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...almost 2 years ago

    Magnificent… I am SO envious! :)

  • No need to be.You are,at least,in a warm and dry place.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 2 years ago

    Hmmmmmm. when you see this vista it puts another quantity into the equation. I love trees but wow what a view. Superb pano Jamie.

  • Thanks Colin. And we always knew the trees would be coming down sometime.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 2 years ago

    Great view but I think we need to stop cutting down the trees …

  • Well Tom,these commercial conifer plantations aren’t all that beautiful and the eventual replacements seem to be done more sympathetically with some broad leaf planting .

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 2 years ago

    How wonderful to see places like this every day!

  • Not every day Shulie. You often can’t see it at all when the cloud and rain s in (90% of the time)

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • seeya
    seeyaalmost 2 years ago

    In Calif we have gone through this issue so many times as many forested areas can be owned either privately, by the state, or by the federal government. A number of years ago along the North Coast of Calif the land was privately owned, and we saw the complete disappearance of primeval old-growth redwood forest. Disagreements between environmental groups, the state, fed gvmnt and private owners caused many lawsuits and difference of opinions. Many studies have been done for localized areas vs an overall view, along with who had the right to log. One example (local study) is that fish many not be immediately effected in a non-logged area, but after a hard spell of rain in a logged area the silt runoff into a river might endanger the fish later (overview study) was one of the concerns or the silt can run off into a lake and remove the oxygen in the water. Both of these situations did prove true later on. Even changes in political parties of the Federal Government can change the no logging on Federal lands and many of our National Parks could be affected. Yes, one might get a better view, but look at the scenery of what was left from the logging to see that view! Ok, got my rant out of the way Jamie, you are showing us exactly how clear cut logging wipes out a prime nature area. Sandy

  • Great rant Sandy. Happy to say that these weren’t native trees but planted commercially up to 40 years ago, and the Forestry Commission that planted them usually replant in a more sympathetic manner these days.Originally almost all of the Lake District would have been wooded but Neolithic settlers and later folks cleared most of the land for farming. Sheep grazing kept the land clear,then later commercial plantations became profitable so the land was fenced off from sheep.The trees were packed in so densely it excluded a lot of wildlife. The views then slowly disappeared. When the time for cashing in on the crop comes,the cleared ground often attracts a lot of birdlife and smaller mammals,although they fence out deer that might graze on new tree shoots.All the conifers you see still in view here will eventually be cut down.However a lot of the commercial plantations are surrounded by native broadleaf woodland that seems to stop the lakes getting silted.

    – VoluntaryRanger

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