Sense of Place

Observing details, expanding our knowledge of the world around us is something both of us enjoy doing. Often we keep these thoughts to our chats with each other, never ceasing to be amazed at the wonders of nature. We didn't have to pack our cases and travel across the world as anything we have found has been close to our doorstep. To find our senses are challenged within a few miles as we walked in two different environments in the same week.

Snow covered Divis

Snow covered Divis

We have always been observant of birds and have a wealth of them visiting our garden, singing from dawn to dusk and beyond! Last year we had a wealth of butterflies to observe in the garden and local parks and found ourselves the target of squirrels as they pitched acorns down from the trees!

I don't want to prolong this blog as I am sure anyone who reads it will know by now I could write a book length blog when I start to open up my heart. No matter where you live, don't think that there isn't anything to see or places to go. Both our adventures this week were located within the Belfast area and presented us with an education and anticipation to visit the areas again as the seasons progress.

Divis was crisp, cold with exceptional views yet we were only a short trek along the path when both of us noticed the lack of bird song. Trees could be counted on one hand and vegetation at this time of year was sparse albeit covered in snow. On our way down on the second day I spotted a little bird in the low land but the sound of silence was predominant with the crunch of our feet in the snow. The area will have butterflies plus we will investigate the bird life too but on a cold day in February we were met with a mainly barren land, holding on to promises as the Spring approaches to reveal a habitat we long to explore.

Counting trees on Divis

Counting trees on Divis

Our contrast was a visit to Colin Glen forest park, another first time visit for us. We were amazed such an area existed in the midst of a community in Belfast, providing the lungs of the city. The first thing we both noticed was the volume of the bird song from the minute our feet set down on the path. We could see and hear the birds all around us. We knew some of the songs and have added new sounds to identify. Long tailed tits were flying from branch to branch. Squirrels although sadly the grey species (sorry no reds) were out exploring almost landing at our feet. Larger birds dodged our view to identify them but we had no doubt there were many robins, bob, bob, bobbin along. The natural habitat held a wealth of food and nesting places. Trees which looked dead provided a home for shoots of green, new life springing up to encourage more wildlife and the future resources which are so important to everyone.

Colin Glen

Colin Glen

Waterfall, Colin Glen

Waterfall, Colin Glen

 Frozen pond, Colin Glen

 Frozen pond, Colin Glen

Flowing river, Colin Glen

Flowing river, Colin Glen

Take time to observe, challenging your senses to find something you have noticed before. An area will start to live and you will want to go back and watch as things change. It's a privilege to have an education on our doorsteps without thinking that far of fields are green.

Today we have grown taller by walking with the trees

I wandered but wasn't lonely : Colin Glen

I wandered but wasn't lonely : Colin Glen