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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

As darkness falls on Goldcliff Lagoons

Ive been experimenting a little at Goldcliff Lagoons and due to when my free time is and the nights drawing in I am finding myself getting less and less hours of daylight at the reserve.

I am also trying to mix things up a bit and try some different styles of photography. The clear skies have been perfect for sunsets, silhouettes  and night sky pictures.

The sky at Goldcliff really goes a fantastic orangery red colour and I love the look of the wind turbines and power station in the background as they make fabulous silhouettes.

I tried to capture the hides and platform screens in a different light and I think some of the pictures turned out quite well.

The birds were difficult to photograph as the lights dimmed so I tried to use the most of the setting sun lighting up the water to good effect.

My last experiment was a first for me and that was taking pictures of landscapes at night. The planet Mars has been showing really well all week. Other than the moon its been the brightest object in the sky at night.

I managed to take a few pictures as a start but need to work on my set up concerning infinity focusing.

As ever Goldcliff never stops giving and I think I managed to get a few different looking pictures of the reserve.

Redshank Platform

Greenshank Hide ( Hide 2)

Setting sun over Monks Lagoon (Lagoon 1)

Incoming Curlews to roost

Lapwings, Godwits and Dunlins

Teal Ducks

The Curlew Hide and night sky. The brightest object is the planet Mars.

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