I'm standing in the car park at the foot of Moel Famau, my local 'mountain', about half an hour before sunrise on a chilly morning in May.
The weather's been atrocious recently, and this is the first opportunity I've had to get out for quite a while.
As I'm preparing for my climb, lacing up my boots, the dawn chorus starts up and, without any background noise to distract, the birdsong envelops me in liquid sound.
I stop and listen in wonder for a minute or two, before quietly getting out my camera and recording three or four minutes of the birds as they herald the coming dawn.
Refreshed in mind and soul, I strap on my LowePro and head on up the hill, already blessed before I've even started to climb.
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