After a few events came together, I decided to give myself the weekend off from work last weekend. It gave me the chance to let my back get better, enjoy my birthday and not think about photography for a while and have a rest after two day courses and one three day workshop on consecutive weekends for the last three weeks. As the weather was so good, I wanted to escape the crowds at the beaches, so I headed inland to Gelli Hir Wood nature reserve. I had the place all to myself, so there was no better way to spent the day sitting under a tree, enjoying the sunshine and being lazy. The birds are really vocal at the moment, so get a flavour of it yourself by playing the clip below of a recording taken in Ilston this week (Gelli Hir is too close to the airport so recordings during the day are ruined by aircraft sounds and engine revving).

[audio:|titles=Ilston spring day1]


As you can see, I couldn’t keep away from photography completely and made the few images above. The new growth in spring has great green colour variations, plus all the flowers as well, which I think are coming out earlier this year. It will now be a busy period for me trying to photograph what is happening out on Gower, so I hope that the back continues to improve so I can get back to carrying everything including the kitchen sink when I head out next!


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  • Such beauty in these forms. I hope your back is improving.

  • Nick says:

    Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for the comments. I’m glad to say the back is improving, but slowly. Managed to walk around yesterday with a bag closer to the weight of gear I normally carry. By the way the new hide at Oxwich has gate and not stile access, so pay it a visit as it is a great hide.

    Best wishes,


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