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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

A snowy festive day in my friends hide.

I spent  the day at my friend Ian Howells wildlife hide.
Located in the Cwmbran countryside it gets a great deal of local wildlife.

On a previous visit I had my first photographs of a Tawny Owl and on this occasion I was hoping to see some Woodpeckers and try out his new reflection pool. I wasn't disappointed as he has done a fine job of it.



The weather today was very festive with a light covering of snow and frost.
We had to de-ice the pool as it was frozen. Its my first experience of taking photographs of birds at a pool and it was challenging to get the shot right and time it correctly as typical of birds they do not settle for long.
You get a great mirroring reflection when you get it right.

There were lots of variety of bird species - A flock of Long Tailed Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Dunnocks, House Sparrow , Gold Finches and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers.





In the area we spotted Buzzards and a Kestrel



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