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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

Sunday Prayers for a Hawfinch

This morning the sun broke through the clouds for a change so I decided to go and visit my local church - it was Sunday after all.

Church yards are mini wildlife havens and are always good for bird watching as they tend to be quiet places.

Traditionally Yew Trees are planted around church and grave yards. They are thought to ward of evil spirits.

These ever green trees have red berries at this time of year which whilst very poisonous to people , certain birds species love them.

One of these bird species - the Hawfinch has a particular penchant for Yew berries and I was quietly praying they may be in the location.

I was not disappointed, my prayers were answered. Soon after waiting around in the early morning sunshine I noticed a small flock high up in some Alder Trees looking down at me from afar.

They then began to descend into nearby Yew Tree that had plenty of berries on it.

Hawfinches are large big billed finches that migrate from Northern Europe to warmer climates during the winter.

These finches are wary of people and getting a close photograph is very difficult.

I am pleased with the photographs I got.

The Hawfinches also had company from Greenfiches, Goldfinches, Redwings and Mistle Thrushes.

I visited twice during the day and as the light began to dim a Sparrow Hawk circled overhead and everything left the church yard for cover.

I really must go to church more often, someone up there must be listening :)


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