For me, woodlands are a special part of the landscape: a place where we may play out our stories and dreams, enjoy physical and mental recreation, immerse ourselves in the sights, sounds and scents of nature, and breathe the pure clean air of trees…
It is bluebell time beneath the trees – a profusion of delicately scented flowers wherever one looks. And all around are fresh green leaves, and the sounds of trickling water and gentle birdsong.
Like many of us, I like to walk in the woods, with friends or alone, and I also like to take photos and make small land art works with the materials I find lying around.
At other times, I like to wander amongst the trees doing absolutely nothing at all. I have done this since long before the current media interest in the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing. The difference is that I prefer to be alone, and I haven’t told anyone about it, until now!
So what is it about, this desire to head for the woods seeking silence, stillness, solitude and a sense of spaciousness?
It is perhaps just a simple need to quieten the mind in the seclusion of the woodland environment, far away from everyday human noise.
In the serene atmosphere beneath the trees, there is beauty and peace.