Half/half tree at Sunderland, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a strange looking tree, in flower on one side, almost bare on the other side
Half/half tree at Sunderland, Isle of Islay

An interesting looking tree at Sunderland on the Rhinns of Islay, taken in June 2011. One side is in full bloom, the other side is almost bare and dead. There’s some history to this, many trees in the area looked like this at the time: In late May 2011 a strong westerly storm hit Islay, blowing a lot of salty spray in particular over the western part of the island and there over the west facing side of the trees. The salt killed off most of the leaves on the west facing side while the leaves on the east facing side were mostly unharmed or recovered better than the west facing side.

View from Sunderland Hill panorama, Isle of Islay

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Panoramic picture of a view from a hill over a coastal landscape with a freshwater lochA panoramic view from Sunderland Hill on the Rhinns of Islay. Sunderland Farm below towards the right, Loch Gorm in the centre. The Kilchoman Crags on the left and the Atlantic in the distance.