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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

Dipping and Wagging along the river

I had a walk along my local stretch of the Afon Llwyd river today. It was a raging flow of white water as a result of all this rain we have been happening.

The skies had cleared and there was blue sky for a change. Autumn is most definitely here now and you can see the trees leaves changing into a kaleidoscope of different shades of green, yellow, brown and red. Carpets of leaves that have been shed from the trees cover the footpaths and there is that sweet natural smell of "change". Not a bad smell it's just you can sense whats going on in nature with your own nose.

It was not long before I heard the distinctive call of a Dipper as it hurtled upstream and landed on a rock in the river.  Its bright white breast easily stood out against the shadows of the river which struggles to get a lot of light at this time of day.

I watched the Dipper for a while. The torrent of fast-flowing water caused it no trouble at all as it dived under the water occasionally floating to the service and paddling before diving under again.
Every now and then it would dart out of the water to find a perch to consume a caddis fly larvae.

After a while, I left the bird to it and headed to another Dipper territory downstream to check how the Dippers were doing there. Unfortunately, I could not locate them downstream but I did find a lovely Grey Wagtail.

Wagtails and Dippers are regularly found in the same locations. The wagtail was busy feeding in amongst the rocks that border the river water. This bird looked particularly smart and was quite accommodating to watch from a distance.

I will return later in the month when I have some more time and try and get some closer pictures.


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