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


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.

24 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.

  4. Dear Ashley, your wonderful and atmospheric photos show one of my favorite months – May.
    I like it when everything is so fresh and green, when the flowers are blooming and the bumblebees are buzzing. Is there anything better than walking on a quiet path or sitting on a comfortable bench? And to see how everything lives and breathes around and is full of miracles?
    Ashley, I wish you a wonderful weekend….
    Rosie 😊

    1. I agree Rosie, May is a special month! Unfortunately, May 2020 and May this year so far have not been the best of times regarding the weather. Like this time last year, we’re having heavy rain and strong winds; a few days ago we had snow on high ground! Nevertheless, these are the days of the land greening up, and I look forward to once again getting out into the countryside. My pictures were from 2019 and since then the area of the wood has been increased by new planting. I must return and do an update. Thank you for visiting my post and for your lovely comments 💐😊

      1. Yes, Ashley, even our May has not been so warm so far, the May had rain and wind. But today is a very nice and warm day. Afterwards we will sit down in front of our garden shed and drink a glass of white wine in the evening sun….🍷☀️

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