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Forest Bathing in the Woods of Gwent

  A beautiful Bluebell Wood. This spring I have focused my photography on new areas beyond my usual haunt of Goldcliff Lagoons and have been exploring several wonderful local woods. Life for me is busy at the moment and at times the stresses and strains of life have left me in a real need of opportunities to get outdoors with nature. I am fortunate to have some great woods on my doorstep where I can spend some time "Forest Bathing" to detox and destress from all the hustle and bustle. Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the woods of Gwent. The woods are full of life. It's like a botanic explosion has occurred with flora and fauna of all kinds coming into life and making an appearance. Walking through the woods is a real sensory experience. The eyes are dazzled with an array of different colours, lots of fresh greens, the whole spectrum of coloured flowers, Yellow celandine, the white of the Anemones, Pinks of the Red Campions, and more yellows from Wild D

The King and Fly

This evening I watched a battle of supremacy for the perch at the hide. A female Kingfisher turned up with the male somewhere in a nearby Willow Tree. She successfully caught , three fish - Bullhead, Perch (?) and Minnow.

All the while she was having to contend with a pair of Spotted Flycatchers who were fluttering about the perch annoying her. She eventually had enough and flew off on a full stomach.


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