25 Aug 2015

Enchanting Ancient Woodland

There is something magical about old woodland, especially those that are so densely packed with trees that only golden slivers of light pass through the canopy.  They remind me of story books like The Magic Faraway Tree and The Minpins that I read as a child, which were as fantastical as they were unnerving.

I recently found myself with the most beautiful of evenings, the sort with light so rich and warm and with a calm stillness in the air.  I had been working all day and therefore desperate to get outside and be in nature, so with not long before the sun was due to disappear for the night, we hurried to a wood which we hadn't explored before.  

The trees were old and tall, with thick trunks covered in fungi which resembled little steps climbing up the bark.  The ground was a mixture of sparse earth dotted with fallen nuts and seeds and ferny undergrowth which rustled every now and again with the sound of birds and squirrels.  The gaps in the canopy were like spotlights on the forest floor, highlighting small, but perfectly formed patches of tangled plants on the ground.

As we followed the maze of paths we reached a small clearing with an area brimming with cow parsley and thistles.  Dragonflies hummed near a small pond and bees and butterflies hopped from flower to flower.  The light in this clearing was glorious and felt like the epitome of summer; such a stark contrast to the shadowy wood we had just been in.

Soon the sun quickened its decent and in turn we quickened our pace back to civilisation.  A brief, but undeniably enchanting woodland walk.


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  1. What a lovely description of your walk!! I can totally imagine how walking through it would feel like. Definitely enchanting!
    Love the photos too, the way the light leaks through the leaves, and the way it hits the flowers, is just amazing!

    x Carina
    Running White Horses | A Travel + Fashion blog

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    1. Thank you so much! Dappled sunlight is definitely one of my favourite things x

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  2. Beautiful post, your descriptions are very immersive :)
    I've saved this so I can share it in my 'Snug Edit' soon.
    x

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  3. This looks so luscious. I love it.

    Aisling | aisybee.

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    1. Thanks! I want to head back soon and see it as the seasons change x

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  4. I'm in love with that shot just before the last one. The lighting is so pretty!

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    1. Thank you :) It was the perfect light for photography that evening x

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  5. I love how walking through the woods makes you feel miles away from the rest of the world.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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    1. Yes that is exactly true, such a good place to recharge and reset. x

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