Sheep en route

My Walk this Week 177 – Cefn Drum and Its Birdsong

My walk this week took me to the lower slopes of Cefn Drum where evidence of all the rain we have had recently was clearly to be seen with muddy ruts filled with flowing water.

Looking up the valley

Starting with a familiar gate and cattle grid, I followed some disgruntled sheep up the track and under the pylons to negotiate a route around deep wet ruts and puddles reflecting the cloud patterns of a clearing sky.

I enjoyed the details of this walk, both sights and sounds, but got my trousers soaked by scrambling through the overgrown bracken around the top of a rough track down to the valley floor. However, the value of light weight material is that it dries quickly!

Cefn Drum Soundscape

The climate atmospherics of this walk meant that distant traffic formed an intermittent audio backdrop according to the lie of the land but cheering birdsong came through regardless. Once again I was relying on my phone for both photography and sound recording.

So click the play button or soundscape title above to listen and then the first image below to see the full images in sequence (not available like this on the mobile WordPress Reader in which case click the Visit button via the … menu or open in your mobile’s internet browser).

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  1. Ahh, a breath of fresh air, walking through the rain-soaked countryside here, Alastair, thank you. I always enjoy the opening of the walk with the gate, and the sound accompaniment to the photos is a special extra dimension. Your plentiful rainfall shows itself in every single photo — love the “puddles,” which are practically lakes to us in dry California. The reflections, so beautiful. Wonderful view of the valley, the path, and sheep. My favorite photos were the dew drops and I found the cobweb with diamond dew drops truly exquisite. Sweet birdsong. Wonderful walk, and much appreciated.

    • Thank you Jet, you are very kind. If I had uploaded larger images you would be able to see me in those droplets on the spiders web! We are getting a little fed up with all the rain now but I still enjoy my walks.

    • Thank you Julian. The iPhone can certainly give satisfactory results, it is very sensitive to wind and as a result this soundscape took more time to edit than some do. Glad you enjoyed it.

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