My walk this week is really my walk last week when I ventured down to the misty marshes early one morning before the day warmed up and enjoyed capturing this beautiful place with stills, video and audio.
Any environment differs according to the weather conditions, but this can be perceived in different ways. Visually (and in a tactile way) the misty marshes are exciting to me. Even though the river is moving ever so slowly, the fog in the air is mysterious and the atmosphere is dank or clammy to the touch.
An excess of moisture is literally hanging in the air and this changes our experience of sound as well as vision. The short video clip above shows the this moisture and also transports the sound of traffic on the motorway very efficiently. The result of course is that on this day, at that time, the marshes were noisier than usual – not only with the busy road but also with the birds shouting over it.
In the soundscape below I have been able to focus more on the birds than on the background traffic and we do this with our ears (or rather our brains) as well – filter out or dim down the sounds we do not want to listen to and focus on the those we enjoy most. That, for me, is not only the birds and in this instance includes those wonderful gates as well.
And then there are the stills, an opportunity to capture a moment in time, a snippet of what is seen and felt, both of the broader landscape and also some of its details, textures, patters, nuances.
I hope you can enjoy the different aspects of this little corner of Wales as much as I did on my walk. Click on the first image and look through the carousel on a larger scale while listening to the soundscape.
Wow a daffodil in early March….enjoyed your shots of a misty morning.
That’s Wales for you Thank you.
Beautiful, thank you
Thank you Eoin
Wonderful Alastair, a real tonic,
Thanks Julian – a tonic is what I want right now, maybe with something else in it
Lovely impressions of nature!
Good morning, Alastair!
Here at 7,500 ft. I walk in snow. Daffodils remain a mystery yet to be uncovered.
What flowers will be uncovered when the snow melts?
They will be lovely too
I soaked up this bird-serenading walk thoroughly, Alastair. That daffodil in the fog was a true joy to behold. Our daffodils in No. Calif. are in bloom right now too. Loved the rushing sounds of the water and the creaky gate, footsteps, so lovely. All the marsh photos and the moody fog were a joy. But it was those cobwebs that I found profound. The geometric beauty, the beads of moisture, the utter magnificence. Thanks for sharing this serene early morning walk, Alastair.
Thank you Jet – the spider web was a classic wasn’t it. On this walk I did have my DSLR camera and a good VR 360 mic. It’s always best to get the best originals that you can.
What a wonderful way to start the day surrounded in mist! Lovely photos and sounds.
Thank you very much
Nice to watch the video..Thanks for sharing
Thanks for watching