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My Walk this Week 161 – North Gower Walk

My walk this week looks back at a walk on the North Gower coast and the expansive and beautiful salt marshes of the Loughor Estuary. The walk was originally taken as part of the “Taste of Gower” project in 2015.

Salt marshes, North Gower

Sheep graze the marsh grass and herbs from day to day and when the tides cover the the greenery, they move on and off the marshes via “causeways” such as the one above.

The sense of space and the distortion of perspective gives the place a strange, unreal feeling. Distance is difficult to judge and I suspect you would need to be careful of the incoming tide if unused to the area.Continue reading

River's edge

Upside Down – Reviewing the Walk

A well known trick that artists (and others) use to help them see things afresh, is to turn their work upside down.

River Reflection

The reflection in the river is already upside down – so what does it look like turned around? Check out the last image below to see a weird take on this image.Continue reading

My Walk this Week – Woodland Wander

My walk this week takes me back to Penllergare Valley Woods. I have produced StillWalks videos of all four seasons here but that is no reason not to take another look. In this walk the conditions are inevitably different and as well as that, further work has been done in the park by The Penllergare Trust volunteers.

I don’t remember this arbour and arch being here perviously and of course, the next time I visit, it will have grown more and changed again.

willow arbour in the making

I wil  be posting just one or two sound clips from the woods through this week, but I have a soundscape for the walk to post on Sunday with the walk review.

Penllergare Woodland Sounds

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Thistle

Another image I like but that I did not select to go into the StillWalks video below.

Woodland Thistle

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Roadside Wildflower Biodiversity

Can wild flower varieties be called wild flowers if they have been planted by man?

In the last couple of years Swansea has been allowing various roadside verges and common areas of land to grow unhindered by grass cutting and has thrown a range wild flower seeds into the mix with a view to promoting biodiversity (and perhaps saving some money at the same time).

The results have been widely popular and most people have thoroughly enjoyed seeing these jewels by the roadside. The birds and the bees like it too, I suspect!

Roadside wildflowers

 

Roadside wildflowers

Roadside wildflowers

Rosebay Willowherb – Evening Light

As the light began to fade on my Summer evening StillWalks production walk around Lower Lliw Reservoir near Swansea, the challenge to my photography grew accordingly.

This is another of the photos that did not make it into the final StillWalks video.

Rosebay Willowherb

Wildlife Habitat

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The StillWalks video “Old Railway Track Walk” features many of the things you will find in a habitat like this – one that has been left to its own devices.

Over more than thirty years the trees have grown up, the brambles thickened, the wild flowers spread and I imagine the unseen wildlife is many times more abundant than that which we can see.

The photos below follow from yesterday’s post and are some of those taken for the StillWalks video.

Old Railway Walk-Cow ParsleyOld Railway Walk

Old Railway Walk-Spider