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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

Up at first light

I was up before dawn today and set up my hide just as the sun was starting to rise.

Just after dawn a  juvenile male Kingfisher made an appearance at the perch.
He stayed for a while and then dived and caught a fish which he proudly stunned by bashing it on the perch numerous times.

He returned a few times throughout the morning as the light got better and then got skittish when hearing people with dogs.

I am pleased to get some more photographs. The light today was difficult to work with.

 As we move through Autumn the light available at different times of day is changing and makes a huge difference on the colours of the bird and in backgrounds. The yellowy/gold background was created by the first light of the sun illuminating Willow Trees along the river bank.








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