Woodland Photowalk - Clowes Wood Report
On Tuesday 5th April, we held the fourth of the new monthly woodland photography walks. The idea is simple. Visit different woodlands on the first Tuesday of every month, in 2019, and spend a couple of hours together on a meetup, exploring the woodlands and taking photos.
This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
The woodland walks are aimed to promote our senses and connection to trees/woodland/nature - as we walk, observe and take in our environment we may decide to make a photograph, or not.
Clowes Wood - Earlswood, Solihull
Woodland Trust Clowes Wood and New Fallings Coppice SSSI
Broad-leaved woodland on acid soils bisected by railway line. Diverse habitat includes heathland and wet meadow. Bluebell, lily of the valley, cow-wheat and bilberry. Woodcock and all 3 woodpeckers
Although I have been around Earlswood Lakes a number of times over the years I had never ventured into the woodlands, accessible via Terry’s Pool if you are around the lakes. Or, use the car park on Wood Lane between the Earlswood Craft Centre and Earlswood Methodist Church.
You don’t need an array of equipment for these walks. Ideally, you will have a tripod and a polariser filter will help massively with controlling the reflective highlights on foliage and enable a much greater tonal range. As for lenses, I took the 24-70mm and 70-200mm but only used the 70-200mm on this walk.
The day started very wet so we delayed the start for a couple of hours and timed our arrival about right with just a small shower at the start before it passed and the sun came out.
As for the shots made on the day…
I hope you will be able to join me on the next or any future woodland photo workshop. These are different from my normal photography workshop format in that they are not restricted to six participants with my focus being the tuition and guidance of the participants. Instead, these walks are about meeting like-minded people who enjoy photography and woodlands who want to explore, share ideas, chat and enjoy a gentle stroll together. Of course, I am on hand and happy to advise, guide and answer any photography questions along the way.
Woodland Habitats to explore in 2019
Only £10 - Places filling quickly so don’t delay
2019 Remaining Dates:
Tue 7th May - Millisons Wood - Meriden
Tue 4th Jun - Snitterfield Wood - Stratford Upon Avon
Tue 2nd Jul - Ryton Wood - Coventry
Tue 6th Aug - Tocil Wood - Coventry
Tue 3rd Sep - Elkin Wood - Coventry
Tue 1st Oct - Piles Coppice & Brandon Wood - Coventry
Tue 5th Nov - Crackley Wood - Kenilworth
Tue 3rd Dec - Hay wood - Solihull
Take a look at what others took on the day
A good selection of photos from each person, working alone to create an image conveying their connection and vision of their surroundings. Wonderful images from a lovely group of people. Thanks to everyone who attended, it was a special morning and I hope to see you again on another one soon.