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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 flash of white in the river

I am keeping an eye on my local Dippers. I listen for their distinctive calls and look for the flash of their white throat and breasts against the dark background of the river.

It did not take me long to find one. It was busy working its patch of river. Bobbing up and down on prominent rocks and then plunging into the water. They are amazing birds to watch. Perfectly adapted for their environment. Waterproof plumage, strong claws that can grip the river bed - even in full flow and eyes that can see under water.

As ever the Dippers I watched today were finding plenty of food. Mainly Caddis fly larvae.

Apart from a little meet up between the pair their was not a great deal of interaction or displaying today. They frequently called out to each other but eventually went their separate ways.

Dipper (Cinclus Cinclus)

About to plunge into the cold water

Calling Dipper


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