I made this video from my compact camera video mode so the quality is limited. I will post some images I made at the same time in another post. I thought it would be good to show what Ilston valley is like this time of year. The bluebells are fully out, but the wild garlic is not at its peak yet. I use the valley for one of? my Gower Photography Day Courses. Although it is only a small valley it has?a great selection of habitats – deciduous and pine woodland, open grassland, a small stream and regular hawthorne, bluebell and wild garlic flowerings. A path runs the length of the valley from the back of the Gower Inn in Parkmill to Ilston Church so access is easy, although it does get muddy at times.
The bird life is great and Kingfishers have been seen on the stream. The photographic opportunities for the kingfishers are difficult, they usually see you before you see them. Wild flowers are present throughout the summer, but some parts of the valley get quite dark under the tree canopy. In Autumn there is some good colour on the trees and fungi on the valley floor. Winter is also a good season for imaging?with frost coating the stark winter plant growth, and this is an ideal time to use black and white in your images.