#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 16/May/22

Bourts Inclosure, Forest of Dean. Dark under shadows soft ground hides heavy footsteps paced by lone walkers (((((((((((----)))))))))) These posts were scheduled to continue the series, as I’m offline at present. I can’t respond to comments, likes, follows, or questions. But, please interact. I’ll do my best to catch up with everything on my return. …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 13/May/22

Beech saplings in the Forest of Dean. Young trees sprout the fresh green of spring as they line a wandering path through the Forest of Dean. Walkers and mountain bikers have made this track over the years. Sometimes, if it’s quiet, deer can be seen here. They’ll stop grazing and look across with curiosity rather …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 09/May/22

A Favourite Path through the Forest of Dean. Today, I tip over into 74 years, so I thought I’d treat myself with a picture of one of my favourite paths through the forest. I can’t define why this particular sloping trail through the tall pines so readily speaks to me, but it does. In a …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 08/May/22

Fresh Green Growth. At this time of the year, the forest renews itself, the trees sprouting their new growth with fresh green leaves to brighten the days and bring pleasure to those with time to dwell a short time among them. Their slow growth and their stillness, their silent root-based communications, and their experience of …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 04/May/22

Beech trees in the Forest of Dean Dappled May sunshine on a narrow path winding between beech trees in the Forest of Dean (((((((((((----)))))))))) I’m offline till 19th May, so can’t respond to comments, likes, follows, or questions. But please interact and I’ll do my best to catch up with everything on my return. Also, …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 27/Apr/22

A natural fence/handrail? I love the way this eccentric wooden barrier blends so well with its location. The whole place carries the air of an imaginary fantasy scene. +++++++++++++++++ Much of humanity lives among natural wonders, though many millions also dwell in ugly, overcrowded, unsanitary slum cities, of course. Some people ignore and others actively …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 21/Apr/22

Calm windless days gift natural pools of water a mirror surface to reflect the beauty surround them. Here, a larch has tumbled but remains held by roots still lodged in the ground to prevent it falling into the pond. It’s an interesting feature of the photographic image that a reflection off water invariably produces a …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 19/Apr/22

A rainy day in the forest. This puddle is a more or less permanent feature in this spot. So much so that local amphibians (we think either toads or newts) have taken to laying their spawn there. We often used to walk past and watch the tadpoles wriggling. But, recently, there’s been work carried out …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 12/Apr/22

Decades past, this small bridge once carried steam trains loaded with coal, iron, and stone, hacked from the ground that bears it. It crosses a defunct watercourse, altered to flow a different way, and now occasional home to some unusual fungi. It bears a small wooden label to identify it as ‘Horton Bridge’, but who …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 09/Apr/22

A day without wind. The pond lay still and silent. Nothing moved to disturb the peace. Until. Plop! Unseen, some creature of the water rose to take the air, or look around, or seek food flying overhead. Who knows? It vanished with as much speed as it appeared. Mystery. +++++++++++++++++ We live among natural wonders. …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 05/Apr/22

Quiet flows the Wye this daythrough a vale of natural beautywhere it leaves the forest for a whileand flows through farmlandwhere graze sheep and cattlewhere narrow boats carrycurious paddlers with the currentand walkers tread soft pathsthat follow curves and bowsBut some days this benign flowswells with rain fallen ondistant hills in our neighbour Walesand floods …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 31/Mar/22

Tomorrow brings the first day of April, known in many lands as ‘all fools’ day’ or ‘April Fools’ Day’. It’s a strange custom, making fools of people, but there have been memorable instances of mass foolings here in the UK. Our renowned public broadcaster, the BBC once convinced most of the nation that spaghetti grows …

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A New Memorial is Unveiled.

Last weekend a new monument was unveiled in the Forest of Dean, at a location we often visit on our walks. We’ve been watching the construction over the months, and discovered it’s now complete.This is the Waterloo Colliery disaster monument. The mine had two shafts, 70m (230 feet) deep. The main shaft had an inclined …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 30/Mar/22

March comes to a close soon. Here in the forest, the sleeping trees begin to wake. They’ve spent the winter months at rest, some wrapped in the living green blanket of moss that, indiscriminate in its choice of support, will just as happily coat random rocks and fallen branches. The fresh green always brightens the …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 26/Mar/22

Unseen here, the trees to the left harbour the nest of a buzzard pair. And, around the corner at the end, the path drops steeply toward the village. A short time ago, some trees were felled and then the trail was rutted by the tracks of heavy vehicles, the silence rent by the noise of …

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