Travelling trees

living trees

stripped of dignity

what future

This was the scene looking down at the harbour of Napier on the central East coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Plantation timber is a big export market in New Zealand. These harvested trees came from what was once naturally vegetated landscape, now much of it gone and replaced by monocultures. These milled trees were waiting in orderly piles for a one way trip to some distant Asian processing plant some of them probably returning as paper or cardboard packaging in the future. The same cycle occurs in our South eastern state of Victoria in Australia, the big difference being some of our trees are indigenous. There is a certain stupidity existing in so many elements of todays economically rationalised global economy.

These  images are for the one a week Photo Challenge and this week for number  38 the challenge is ORDERLY . For this years 52 weekly challenges planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at

17 thoughts on “Travelling trees

  1. This is a shocking scene. I remember the first time I saw this in person. We had traveled to the the NW part of the United States. I had read about how verdant the area was and about the first scene I saw was the side of a mountain stripped naked. Sad and shocking. I think now they make them replant but back when I saw it they didn’t. The fight to save the Spotted Owl is what saved the mountains. Even the mountains must love the coat of trees, shrubs etc that cloak them. I know I certainly would rather see that than the naked rocks. It is all so unsettling. Then you think about all the creatures that live there how they felt. I wonder how long they lasted when this devastation occurred. What future…

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this issue Lisa, you confirm the internationality of the madness, all for immediate human wants. You are so right, the devastation caused to ecosystems , especially the animals, birds and insects is rarely considered and has to be fought for by a selfless few.

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