“The path itself was narrow and wound in and out among the trunks. Soon the light at the gate was like a little bright hole far behind, and the quiet was so deep that their feet seemed to thump along while all the trees leaned over them and listened.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien describing Mirkwood in The Hobbit
A few weeks ago, I went to the Forest of Dean for a weekend. It was bliss, staying in a shepherds’ hut away from the city and in the middle of nature. The isolation was relaxing and peaceful.
Whilst there, I had the pleasure of going to Puzzlewood, a unique forest just outside Coleford. It was like walking onto a set. The whole wood, with its picturesque paths over and under the many embankments, was like a fantasy version of a forest. It was no surprise to learn it was supposedly the inspiration for Middle Earth, as well as where Merlin and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were filmed.
I had two new lenses and unfortunately went a bit snap crazy, shooting without really thinking. I did manage to get a few reasonable shots, which are below. I think nothing can compare to the grandeur and uniqueness of the wood.