What a difference a year makes!

I took these photographs of a woodland near Crossgar almost exactly a year ago.  It was once part of the Great Wood of Dufferin that lay between Downpatrick to the south and Bangor to the north.  This remnant is just over 14 acres and is a haven for birds and butterflies.  The trees are mainly oak and ash with willow and alder in the wetter areas.

6 paths

9 paths

15

13 seat

Today whilst the gales are blowing in from the south-west I can only dream of this lovely woodland and hope that it won’t be too long before I can return there.

19 thoughts on “What a difference a year makes!

  1. I hope you’ll be able to have some woodland walks before too long. I’ve been very fortunate that where I’m staying at the moment I was able to cycle to some bluebell woods nearby.

    1. You were lucky to see bluebells! I’ve seen none this year. Along with other things, last year I was looking for Ash Dieback and found it in that woodland. I’m not sure I will be able to do much voluntary work this year.

  2. Looks like a fantastic place for bird and butterfly watching/photographing! Be sure to take photos when you go back. Stay healthy!

  3. That path through the trees is very inviting – and who knows where different paths will lead us?

    1. Thanks Peter for your comment. You are lucky to have lots of paths to follow where you are now. Enjoy them whilst you’re there! What a contrast it will be when you return to this island.

    1. It would be interesting to visit the wood again now particularly since we have had a great deal of rain. Perhaps the paths would be overgrown making the little woodland even more magical. Thank you for your comment. Perhaps I too should take a drawing book.

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