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Gower Woodland Walks

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The Ford at Ilston    Limited edition signed mounted print £45

It’s still winter here in on the Gower peninsula, Wales. However, the days are starting to get noticeably longer. Instead of night arriving at 4pm, now on a clear day it doesn’t go dark until 5.30-ish.  There are more sunny days now too. It’s still very cold, but sunny. Spring is round the corner. Nature has taken note. Tiny snow drops gather in little crowds along the river bank where we often walk in the woods near the ancient Ilston village in Gower. I can also see sturdy green shoots pushing their way up through the mud. Hundreds of them. There is lots of mud as it has been a very wet winter. The path is inaccessible unless you are wearing Wellington Boots (“Wellies”).

The stream is full and rushes across the Ford at Ilson. You have to be very early to catch the sunlight on the water here. For most of the day it is in shadow. I really like painting the woodlands in spring.  Before the leaves have comes out there is still lots of light on the ground and reflecting on the water. Even when the bright green leaves pop out there is still plenty of light in the early morning light. Every time I visit the woods the light is different. The plants and flowers change. The blossoms will go through nature’s spectrum: white, yellow, blue and white again. The snow drops will be replaced by clumps of small yellow daffodils and primroses, then by the violet bluebells and finally by a thick carpet of white wild garlic. They each make a fantastic and hurried show before the foliage of the beech trees casts heavy shadows throughout the woods in May.

A Bridge in Ilston Cwm
Bridge at Ilston Cwm    Limited edition signed mounted print £45

For a fantastic map of Gower click here.

If you are interested in seeing more, prints of my Gower Woodland landscape paintings can be found here  or double click on any of the images in the gallery below.

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22 thoughts on “Gower Woodland Walks

  1. Beautiful paintings.
    Very alive.

    1. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Love the paintings. excellent post

    1. Thank you, Kelly.

  3. I love walking the dogs in Ilston Cwm – and your paintings do it justice!

    1. Thank you. I had no idea you were so close by! It is a wonderful walk and I never tire of it.

      1. Yes, I’m lucky to have it so close – I’m just over the road, on Sandy Lane!

      2. Oh, Lucky you!!

  4. Wonderful paintings, Emma. They’re so refreshing to look at and I love how you captured the water in the 2nd one. Can’t wait for spring!

    1. Me too, Gabriela!

  5. Love these colors. They carry the promise of spring.

    1. Thank you. Spring can’t come soon enough for me!

  6. You’ve almost made me homesick, Emma. The snowdrops were just peeping through when I left but I love a carpet of them, and aconites, in Spring sunshine. Funny- my husband just asked me today if there was anything I missed about England. 🙂 🙂

    1. Ha! Ha! Don’t be homesick the weather is horrible at the moment cold, wet gales at the moment.

  7. These are lovely. They say so much utilizing so little detail.

    1. Thank you, Alli.

  8. Prachtig werk at mensen vrolijk stemt

    1. Thank you, Marylou.

  9. […] is the first woodland painting I have done for quite a while. This is a section of pine woods called Canisland Woods, near […]

  10. […] we revisited the Parkmill end of the woods (you can read about the Ilston end of the woods here). These trees are technically part of Kilvrough Manor woods, although Kilvough Manor itself, is […]

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