For the first time in years I decided to photograph the nature around me again. That idea came too late for the heather to bloom. I photographed some purple tufts. But it’s not too late for mushrooms. I don’t know much about them and can’t name them. But you can always take a photo.
October 13 was the day. I went to an old place where I used to park to shoot on the Lemelerberg and Archemerberg. Much had changed. A beautiful new parking lot. But that also means more crowds with cyclists and walkers, especially at weekends. It went well on this Wednesday.
The forest was unchanged. I found the beautiful Amethyst deceivers in the same places they always stood.
Of course, the forest is also full of earthballs. The fungus that matures and then explodes to disperse the spores.
The first part of the walk was full of these beautiful trees through which the light shone beautifully. Such a lovely atmosphere. Too bad I can’t post the smell of the forest. The forest in the fall smells wonderful. Autumn was in full swing in this forest. So wonderful.
Further on in the woods I noticed that here and there a tree had a red and white ribbon. I thought: it might be cut down. There must be something wrong with it. Most trees had no ribbons.
After many beautiful mushrooms, also this beauty. All orange and one of the biggest I’ve ever seen. There was someone else there who took a picture. I decided to ask him if he knew about the ribbons. He said, “Those are the trees that remain, all the others are cut down.” For a moment I thought I misunderstood. So all trees without ribbon are cut? “Correct!”
“In the past, around 1920, the Lemelerberg was a purple sphere. All heather. Only then were the trees that form the current forest planted. Nature is returned to the situation of the past.” Then you have to catch your breath. I don’t know what to make of this. I have my doubts about whether it will work. A few years ago they turned another nature reserve upside down with a similar story. And I feel like it’s destroyed.
We will see. I have now read about it. Thousands of trees have been cut down so far.
Because it will all be different, I decided to take a picture from the viewpoint in all directions. Now it is still possible.
A little further on it turned out that the trees are cut on a big scale. Much of it is already down. What a mess! I wonder if the loss of all those trees will make up for a few weeks of purple heather. It’ll be pretty good for biodiversity and all that. But I have yet to see it all. I went home with a knot in my stomach. I don’t have to photograph this side anymore for the time being. I mean a lot of years.
This week I heard that the subsidy for the sheep herds has run out. How are they going to maintain this huge area? More heather and no sheep? I would say; more heather, more sheep.
And this is the future…?
I’m going to miss this!
These photos were taken around this point: