Fall in Gwent
This autumn I have been spending some of my spare time visiting my favourite spots in Gwent in order to try and capture the wonderful colours of the season.
I know lots of people rave about the "Fall" in faraway places such as the United States and Japan but there is a lot to shout about when it comes to our own part of South East Wales. Throughout my local part of Wales the autumnal colours have been nothing short of breath taking. The trees have been amazing wherever you go. From your garden, your street, your local park, your place of work, the town centers , valley slopes and hills and nature reserves everywhere has had a riot of trees turning a myriad colours of oranges, reds, greens, yellows and browns.
I've really enjoyed walking in some lovely welsh woods admiring the colours of fall and fascinated by how much the landscape and nature changes at this time of year. Getting out and doing some forest bathing has also helped me ease some of the stresses of everyday life.
This autumn season I have tried to do a mix of photographic equipment and styles, using my Nikon Z6 Mirrorless camera and 24-70mm Nikkor Lens , my Nikon D850 camera and Sigma 150-600 mm c lens and DJI Drones for aerial work. I am also finding that my iPhone has incredibly versatile camera and produces some great pictures.
|The Afon Lwyd.
This is one of my favourite spots on the Afon Lwyd River. The rock breaker really does thunder through the valley the waters flowing really quickly. This photograph was taken using a ND filter attached to the Nikkor lens and long exposure time of 30 seconds. I love the orange colours of the Beech Trees in the background and the misty effect of the water that emphasises a sense of movement in the scene.
|The wood looked like it was on fire.
The steep hillsides of Lasgarn Wood are covered in deciduous trees and during the autumn there is so much orange it looks like the wood is on fire.
|Looking towards Abersychan.
At this time of year it doesn't really matter what the weather or light is like as the colours of autumn look good in any light. I just worked with whatever the weather threw at me. For drone work I really need to be careful , safety is paramount and when winds are too high or its raining it meant I had to "fall back" to the more traditional camera in hand methods.
However when conditions were good for flying and the location was safe to do so the drone has been a real joy to use.
|Looking down the valley towards Abersychan
|The Old Sweet Chestnut Tree
|The tree canopy in Pontypool Park
|Looking towards the Ray Prosser stand at Pontypool Park.
The drone pictures give a far better perspective of the park and the surrounding town.
|My local walk
|An avenue of Birch Trees
|The canal near Pontymoil.
|A windy road near Lower Wyndcliff Chepstow
|The Eagles Nest
|A view across the Wye and Chepstow.
|Helicopter flypast at Tintern
|An autumn lane in Manmoel
|The view above Manmoel
The view from above Man Moel Road looking towards Tredegar and Ebbw Vale. Bedwelty Pits can be seen on the far left.
|Nant-Y-Cnyw stream runs down to Llanhileth
|An autumn patchwork
The nearby fields resembled a patchwork quilt to me of autumn colours. The trees almost devoid of leaves form grids and the fields are covered in blankets of reddy brown leaves.
A few miles away I explored the Marine Colliery area of Cwm. I explored along the cycle path towards Aberbeeg and walked some of the paths on the steep hillsides up above the River Ebbw.
|The River Ebbw runs down through the woods in the valley.
The area is really picturesque and reminds me of the Austrian Alps , the steep forest covered hillsides and river valleys with the terraced houses of Cwm looked amazing.
|Looking up from Aberbeeg towards Cwm
My last location this autumn has also been in Cwm. There is a lovely Gwent Wildlife Trust nature reserve called Silent Valley.
|Bridge across the Nant Merdogg
This reserve is a magical place to walk through and I am sure I am going to be back here again in the future.
This season I have really been blown away by how many amazing places there are in this area of South East Wales and there is so much more to explore and photograph.