|Deep woods in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, County Offaly, Ireland.|
|Woodlands near Llyn Crafnant, North Wales|
|Slieve Bloom Mountains, Ireland|
|Oak trees, County Antrim, Ireland|
|Croaghan Breen Forest, County Antrim, Ireland|
|Coed y Brenin, North Wales|
But my futile search was redeemed when I reached my destination that night--a charming country inn close to the forest called Plas Dolmelynllyn Country Hotel which translates to something like "hall by the meadow at the yellow lake". The yellow probably comes from the fact that that gold was mined in the area and created yellow-tinted waste water.
At this point I've begun to wonder if I'm meant to find my vaunted woodlands. Perhaps I should content myself with the forests I've visited. With bluebells like purple mist beneath the trees, brilliant yellow gorse, stands of pink foxglove and grass and bushes and ferns and moss in a dozen shades of green to sooth and refresh my spirit. And trees, wonderful trees.