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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

Dipper on the Torfaen - Breaker of Stones

Earlier this year they became an obsession of mine and I found several locations along the Afon Lwyd - aka the Grey River and the Torfaen -"breaker of stones" and that's where the Borough gets its name from.

Dippers are known to be an indicator species so their presence on a river is a good indicator of water quality and bio-diversity.

The Afon Lwyd has certainly come on leaps and bounds in the last 20 years as it used to be heavily polluted.

Its one of the fastest flowing rivers in Wales but remains heavily littered which is very disappointing and I just wish people would take their rubbish home.

I am posting a few photos from January this year when I spent quite a lot of time trying to get close to them.

Autumn is now upon us and for the next few months, I am planning to get some close up, sharp and less noisy shots of the Dippers on local rivers in my area  -using some skills I have picked up getting close to the Kingfishers.


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