It's just over 3 weeks since the storm of 23rd May. The effects on trees everywhere have been noticeable, but at the coast the results have been dramatic.
Yesterday we visited Ardmore Point near Helensburgh. Unfortunately the weather was very overcast most of the time, so I was unable to take many pictures in good conditions.
In this picture, taken by the car park which is quite sheltered from the worst of the wind, one tree is bare and the hedge is brown.
This isolated tree and those behind it look quite autumnal.
Many trees lost all or many of their leaves.
Ash trees in particular were left bare.
Closer examination showed that most trees, including this ash, were beginning to sprout new shoots.
On the west coast of the peninsula, all the leaves of the trees were totally brown.
Even in more sheltered places, many leaves were damaged.
This rose had shrivelled leaves, but the flowers were unaffected.
The picture below shows the windward west side of a hedge.
On the east side of the same hedge, the leaves were protected and remained green.
An isolated tree which had been stripped nearly bare of leaves.
An ash tree with few remaining leaves, despite being in a more sheltered position on the east side of the peninsula.
Another bare tree by the shore.
Brown trees along the main coastal road at Helensburgh.
Today we went further inland, well away from the coast. Even here, many trees were browned, with fallen branches lying along the verges.
Below - Copper beech leaves from far inland showing storm damage.
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