Climate Change….


Wind Turbines, Derbyshire

Wind Turbines and the multi installation Wind Farms have been a bone of contention since they started to appear in the British Countryside and Coastal waters.  Love them or hate them I guess they are here to stay.  Do they despoil the countryside, well that is again a question of view point.  I think what has appalled some folk, myself included, is the mass concentration in restricted areas.  It reminds me of the mass Conifer forestations that were a planted between the wars.  Trees so close and dense nothing grows beneath, no light penetrates and they become mono cultures of Conifer. Thankfully time and science has shown there is a better way to re-forest the countryside.

Back to Wind Turbines…. well, spread well apart I am not sure that they spoil the countryside, just change the view.  With space between, birds, plants, farm animals and wildlife can go about there business without much danger.  As for the view above…well in centuries gone traditional Windmills were spread across this part of the world, one old stump, without its sails can be seen in the image. Nor is it any wonder that so many projects have been subject to Public Enquires when so many of these ‘farms’ were to be dumped upon vital wild habitat, reducing further our bio-diversity of large areas.

It is my view that so many folk hate windfarms is that our Government just forced them upon us. They relaxed planning restrictions and gave big grants for investors to construct the sites…Investors who by all accounts have walked away when returns were not as great as hyped, but after they got their grants!  Not part of a master plan but a fad.

The Windfarms in Coastal waters are stand alone features. Surely thought and development could have ensure that apart from wind generated electricity, wave power generation could have been incorporated into the location with the same infrastructure used for bringing the power ashore and its distribution. Maybe even the environmental impact could have been helped by creating under water reefs, providing habitat for sea creatures and young fish stocks

Climate Change is very real and life will change for all of us. Nor am I concerned that folk like you, me and our families will fail to respond to the challenges and changes ahead.

What does concern me is that Governments and most certainly the UK Government has so far failed to do any real ‘joined up’ thinking. Main infrastructure programs seem to just stumble from one fad to another. Fossil Fuel replacement hasn’t happened in a substantial way, Nuclear Plants are closing and major new ones that were announced with such hype are stalling. Farming, Housing and Industrial building require a strategic land use plan.  Potential water shortages and the opposite threat of major flooding with rising sea levels and coastal erosion all require a positive programme to address the issues. But these need a coordinated policy not disjointed actions going in different directions.

As for infrastructure, well we have the HS2 High Speed Rail Link.  Set to destroy hundreds of ancient woodlands, vital habitat, along its route. OK! they say they will plant several thousand new trees.  But how do you replace ancient woodland with a new tree? not possible.

New trees yes please, we need them to help the climate change balance but in addition to and not in replacement of.

Following the Climate Messages of this last week I get both annoyed and depressed that Government reaction is to suggest that we the public have to do our bit…so to help us, new restrictions and controls will be introduced. Yet so far I have yet to hear them define what actions they are going to take to secure our collective futures in this changing climate.

And that is my real fear.  It is not what you and I will be doing to make a difference … but what Governments are failing to do.

10th May

(C) David Oakes 2019




DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Story

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Early Morning and time for a Family Outing

A success story for this pair of Swans.  Last year they added to their family and despite the dangers and threats of bringing up a family out in the wilds they have even succeeded in seeing them safely through winter months of harsh weather.

Despite everything they remain a tight family group and will do so for a little while longer….just until the young are old enough to find their own way in a wild world.

For me it is definitely a Success Story.

It is also my submission for this weeks DP Photo Challenge – Story

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8th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

Autumn approaches…but not quite yet!



Back here at home we fully expected autumn to be in full swing.  True there are some hints of that rich autumn colour to come but really it is unseasonably green. Tree cover is still thick and that is despite some recent strong winds. In places it does seem rather spring like….


Whilst that is all true I do have to be honest and say that ‘out in the open’ the colour of the light has lost its warmth, only where the sun catches red colours does it gleam….


One noticeable exception to my comments on the trees and their leaf cover is the Ash tree….all Ash in our immediate area have dropped their leaves.  I suppose it is more noticeable with Ash as when the leaves drop it is overnight and virtual instant…blink and they have gone….


Elsewhere the sun still struggles to more than just cast shadows…shadows that get longer with each day.  Autumn approaches but slowly.


20th October

(C) David Oakes 2017

Landscape of Contrasts Dark and Overgrown……to Lush and Bright




The green vegetation has gone spring mad, casting dark shadows over just about everything, only allowing slivers of sunshine thru…..perhaps mysterious is an apt phrase.

Nothing mysterious once we head into the woods. ….


Springs Fresh Canopy….

The early morning sun has a chance here to break thru the fresh spring leaves of the woodlands canopy not only is it some much brighter the temperature has shifted upwards by more than a few degrees.

The last of the Bluebells are making the most of the light, soon the glades will all be dark and they no more…


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Down by the lake all is calm and the spring sunshine is creating what we hope will be a day full of promise…..

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29th April

(C) David Oakes 2017

Spring Sunshine…..


Clematis Flower…

Less than a week ago the Clematis was no more than some buds of promise…remember these….

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Well just look at them now….

Elsewhere and hiding in one dark corner, now fighting for light, is this Snow Flake flower. Normally they have bloomed and gone by now, not this year they are one of the this years slow starters.  Not sure we are going to have the usual full display…


The Woodland canopy is now filling out, casting dark shadows over the ground below.  Not good news for our Bluebells.


Bluebells always have a race against time.  Dormant for most of the year you would not know they were there.  Then in early spring they suddenly burst from what looked like lifeless earth, green leaves that eventually send up a delicate flower stalk with the characteristic Blue Bells atop.




But it is a race to flower before the light is cut off and then for another year they die back to the ground and soon we would not know that they were beneath our feet.

Sycamore are amongst my favourite trees and they also add to springs glory with leaves that glisten and filter the morning light…


Humble leaves but as beautiful in my view as any flower blossom, changing colours as they develop into full grown leaves.


Early Morning….Allestree Lake

A lovely spring morning….but best make the most of it as the Weather Forecasters tell us that a VERY cold snap is on the way with the certainty of frost and the possibility of snow.  As always with the weather we will wait and see. 🙂

24th April

(C) David Oakes 2017