The Power of Curiosity

Are there times when you have set your heart on something, feeling relieved knowing that a choice has been made? When I made the decision to specialise in trees, I thought to myself, 'Great! I can finally settle on one thing and not try to do everything'. Alas that has not happened, though much to... Continue Reading →

Don’t Let Your Mind Grind You Down

It was a tough day yesterday, a very physical work day that had left me in complete exhaustion.  Interspersed in all of that was news that I hadn’t done very well in a trial project report which I’ve been trying to deliver. I’ve had a really busy few weeks of site surveys, cramming data, learning... Continue Reading →

Starting Point

When I posted my first Instagram image for @inalandofgiants.blog on the 30th of October 2020, never would I have imagined how positive the response would be! I think most people relate to trees and the people who spend time with trees. There is something quite alluring about seeing a tree in its natural surroundings and... Continue Reading →

Into the Wilderness

The wild and the boldTrapped in between the formedthoughts and actions of the worldThe wild need escapeCasting their senses upon their enemiesThey bolt amongst the impending doomof restraints as they close inThe wild start to tunnelTracking a path through the woodsThe wild run and don't look backOnly having trustin the company of treesBlinded by the... Continue Reading →

Helping Hands

When an idea or feeling creeps up on you, it is almost impossible to ignore. This was what happened about six years ago, when I had been caning the David Attenborough BBC documentaries, watching one series after another - reminiscing with the gorgeous imagery of coral reefs, lush rainforests and mountains - and really missing... Continue Reading →

Reflections

One of my favourite spots to go and contemplate in is my local woodland reserve. I remember how I was feeling on this day a few years ago. I was at a crossroads in my career, having been through a few setbacks despite knowing deep down that I was good enough for progression but just... Continue Reading →

Lock and Release

I am close to completing a carbon sequestration sampling and woodland surveying job with my mentor in a lovely Cornish woodland. By estimating how much carbon a woodland can capture, you gain knowledge of the potential a woodland has in order to better manage it for the onset of climate change. It's been fun learning... Continue Reading →

Last and First

As I'm writing, we are officially sailing through the first day of 2021 in the UK, so firstly a very Happy New Year to us all. Yesteryear was probably - for a lot of people - a branch that we'd like to snap across our knee. Although our boundaries and freedom have changed drastically, a... Continue Reading →

The Fading Light

The trees are calling I move my feet A foot in front of the other Round the fringes I proceed Step into the sanctuary A place I recognise Through my darkest hour In the evening's disguise My eyes are holding onto The last remaining light As I listen to the water My heart gently burns... Continue Reading →

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