Describing A Forest   47 comments

Describing a forest is made easy by looking at the post below.

If you wish to access the full chapter in PDF, click here: DESCRIBING A FOREST

This extract is from the book ‘Writing with Stardust’. If you wish to know more about it, just click on any of the book images below. Enjoy the post and I hope it helps you whether you are a student, teacher or a parent.

                                             THE FOREST




LEVEL 1         LEVEL 2         LEVEL 3         LEVEL 4         LEVEL 5          OTHERS

bamboo-brown forest teak-brown forest conker-brown forest umber-brown forest mahogany-brown forest
nut-brown forest tannin-brown forest oak-brown forest beech-brown forest almond-brown forest

1. The bamboo-brown forest was a leafy paradise.

2. The teak-brown forest was a woody heaven.


creaking trees crinkly floor clacking boughs crackling leaves rustling foliage
crunching twigs crispy grasses crackly ferns snapping branches phut-phutting nuts

1. The aged trees had creaking branches.

2. The ancient trees stretched away from the crinkly floor.


castles high rises fortresses caretakers sleeping souls
towers skyscrapers citadels guardians pulsing hearts

1. Trees are the castles of the wood.

2. Trees are the skyscrapers of the glades.

                          ANIMAL SOUNDS OF THE FOREST

snuffling boar scampering hares screeching jays shambling badgers loping wolves
slinking wildcats scurrying squirrels scuttling rabbits skittering mice lumbering bears

1. Snuffling boar ate under combs of feathery moss.

2. Scurrying squirrels searched for food under bristles of wispy moss.

                                  THE SHAPE OF STARS

luminous petals lucid snowflakes lambent asters luminous pin pricks lucent pentagrams
of silver of  silver of shiny silver of glinting silver of flashing silver

1. Luminous petals of silver freckled the sky.

2. The stars were like lucid snowflakes of silver as they sprinkled the night sky.


mushrooms berries wild basil stinging nettle plantain
nuts wood sorrel wild garlic chickweed fairy ring champignon

1. Mushrooms grew under the shady roof of the forest.

2. Berries lay ripening under the leafy dome of the forest.

                                               OTHER IMAGES

moss-veiled trail shady glades clumps of moss hoary boughs leafy canopy
leaf-carpeted path reaching trees secret groves drumming woodpeckers Jurassic ferns”>Writing with Stardust.


1. The forest was nut-brown. COLOUR
2. The twigs were crunching under my feet. SOUND
3. The trees were the towers of the forest. METAPHOR
4. I heard a wildcat slinking away. ANIMAL SOUNDS
5. The morning stars shone like silver petals. THE STARS
6. Nuts were scattered on the floor of the forest. FOREST EDIBLES
7. We took the leaf-carpeted path home. OTHER IMAGES
8. The beauty of the forest comforted our hearts. SENSATION
9. The smell of the forest was pulpy. SMELL
10. We picked some berries and they tasted orchard sweet. TASTE

The forest was tannin-brown. The grass was crispy under our feet. We looked up and the trees were skyscraper tall. Hares were scampering away from us up ahead. The morning stars were shining like silver snowflakes. Wood sorrel flecked the blanket of grass. We walked in and out of shady glades. The peace of the morning was soul soothing. The forest’s smell was fresh and organic. We picked some wild pears and they were meadow sweet.

The forest we entered was oak-brown and primitive. The grasses we stepped on were crackly beneath our feet because of the recent dry spell. We were in awe of the size and majesty of the trees. Their knotted arms rose ever upwards, as far as my head could lift. They were hoary fortresses and stood proudly. The orchestra of birdsong we could hear from them suddenly stopped. A pair of jays was screeching high up in the canopy of the trees. Jays are the scavengers of the bird world. Their cruel, corvid eyes are always on the lookout for a feathered meal. In the winter, they raid squirrel stores for their nuts, often damning them to starvation. They drifted across our vision in a flash of flesh-pink and warlock-black, trying to size us up. That was the last we saw of them, as they are a furtive bird, full of suspicion.
The morning stars peeped down at us like silver asters, glinting and shimmering. They looked happy in their solar-silver isolation. We could see wild basil growing freely on the clumpy, mossy mattress of the floor. The simpering wind carried a fragrance with it. It was spirit refreshing to smell the mulchy mix of the forest’s perfume. We ate a few windfall apples and they were mead sweet with a bitter twist. It was only after we got the stomach cramps that we regretted it.

We were walking through an umber-brown, ancient forest. It reeked of age. Its woody incense was from centuries of snapping branches crashing to the forest’s floor and rotting silently. The composting, organic smell rose up in waves like a miasma. Every sprawling tree we passed under reminded me of a watchful guardian, a silent sentinel of the groves. We decided to venture deeper into the tangled heart of this primeval forest. We hoped that it would reveal its dark secrets to us.
The further we went, the more mystical and spellbinding it became. Huge roots spread-eagled the ground, twisting like the great backs of sea dinosaurs. The foliage became thick and lush, forming an arch of fairytale-green above our heads. Arthritic boughs, gnarled with age, dripped their bounty of nuts onto the path. Briars, brambles and berry trees flanked the trail, making it impenetrable on either side. Shuffling noises came from deep in the interior, deadened by the cunningly woven web of leaves. A troupe of shambling badgers crossed the winding trail in front of us at one point. They were finishing up their early morning foraging and looked startled to see us.
We arrived at a wide glade, where the trees fell away, revealing the bespeckled sky. The last of the morning’s stars were glinting like silver pin pricks, luminous and bright. An ore gold moon hung quietly in the distance, casting a honeyed sheen over the trees. We sat down with our backs against a lightning blasted tree trunk and watched it fade away. As if on cue, an avian aria erupted from the knot of trees. The solitary songbird was soon joined by his beaked companions, creating a symphony of song. The heart haunting melody was an elixir for the soul. The sap sweet fragrance of the forest washed over us and we were seduced by its comforting goodness. We placed some stinging nettle leaves into the broth we were brewing and it added a tingling, chlorophyll flavour. When we were leaving, I risked a glance over my shoulder. The forest glade looked freeze frame perfect in the enhanced light of the full dawn.

The enchanted forest beckoned me into its pulsing heart. How could I resist such a lush Garden of Eden? The deep, haunting ballad of its ancient song called out to me. As old as Adam, the forest was still steeped in plushness and opulence.
With a light heart, I plunged into the over-arching vault of leaf and limb. It was not what I had expected. The exquisiteness of the dawn’s light had not yet lanced to the lush, green sward. Because of this, hoods of black shadow hung in the groves.
Coils of vaporous mist enwrapped the shaggy heads of the oak trees. They writhed around them like a conjuror’s milky smoke, sensuous and illusory. Sieves of mist caressed the lichen-encrusted bark. Adding its phantasmal gas to the damp breath of the forest, it glided with deadly intent. It deadened sound, haunted glades and poured into empty spaces. A sepulchral silence overhung the hallowed ground where the trees dared not grow. Nothing stirred, nothing shone, nothing sang. A hollow echoing, like the hushed tones of a great, slabbed cathedral, entombed the wood.
Then a finger of supernal light poked through the misty mesh. It was followed by a whole loom of light, filtering down in seams of gold. Like the luminal glow of the gods, it chased the shadows, banished the gloom and spilled into spaces where the mist once stalked. The fluty piping of a songbird split the silence just as the forest became flooded with light. A fusillade of trilling and warbling detonated all around me as the primordial forest came alive with the troubadours of the trees. I darted between shafts of lustrous-gold light as I went, admiring the butterflies. They pirouetted in the air, their wings a-whirr like little ripples of silk.
The glory of the forest was revealed in the birthstone-bright light. Almond-brown trees stood serenely, awash with a tender glow. Their bark looked like riffled toast and gems of amber clasped their crusty exterior. The first blush of the morn gave the leafy bower a green-going-to-gold complexion.
Idling past suede-soft flowers, I caressed them softly, getting tingles in my fingers. My ears perked up at the metallic, tinkling sound of a stream. It flashed with a tinsel tint through the lace of leaves. When the trees parted, I could see it was sliding into an infinity-pool. The pool looked like a polished mirror of silver, with skeins of swirl-white twisting slowly on the surface. A shiny spillway led to a choppier pond. Boulders colonized the edges of the pond, buffed with pillows of moss. They caused a rocky gurgling as water met stone; a swish, a clunk, a swell and a clop. Sweet fragrances, alluvial and palliative, seemed to flit in and out of my awareness. Sight and smell vied for attention in this soul-enriching dream world.
I put my back against a knobbly boulder, leaning my head against the mossy pillow. I closed my eyes, let my stream of consciousness take hold, and drifted into infinity. When I awoke, I couldn’t remember my dream, but softness and silvers still lingered in the memory of it.

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47 responses to “Describing A Forest

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  1. Very helpful! thank you!

  2. Excellent! This really helped me improve my essay!

  3. Thanks Liam .This helped me with my homework.


    • You’re very welcome, Jade. I hope your teacher appreciates the effort and time you put in to your homework. I’m delighted you found the blog helpful and I wish you the best with your writing. Thanks for the nice comment.

  4. thanks sir this really helps students to increase their knowledge in creative writing . and helps us to get a good grade. I really appreciate your help sir .

    Thank you.


  5. Thank you so much for this! I was stuck until I saw this🙂

    • You are very welcome, Diana. I’m glad you were able to get what you needed and thanks for the lovely comment. Best of luck with your writing for the future. Liam.

      • Thank you so much! This site has really helped me for my creative description assessment and has “enriched my vocabulary” as my English Teacher would say. Please keep on doing more!!!

  6. Hi Chou. You must have a great English teacher. ‘Enriched’ is such a beautiful word. Thanks for your kind words and I hope you do really well in your creative description assessment. Don’t worry, I intend to add a lot more posts to the ones I have in the future. Hopefully, they will help you. Cheers for now and thanks again. Liam.

  7. thank you so much Liam. this has helped me with everything know I know how to right a perfect paragraph. Jack d

  8. Hi Jack. Thanks for the kind comment and I’m glad it helped you out. Delighted you are happy with it and I hope your writing goes from strength to strength. Keep well and ‘bye for now. Liam.

  9. Perfect site for my homework this week! Totally helped me write a great paragraph. Thank you so much! Karine

  10. Hi Karine. I hope you are well. It’s great to see people getting value from the posts and I’m thrilled it helped you. Thanks for the considerate comment and keep well. Liam.

  11. Amazing , thank u very very much🙂

  12. Hi Ako: I hope you are well. You are very welcome and thanks for the nice comment.

  13. Awesome!! This really helped me with my writing excersize, thank you so much! I got full marks!!

  14. Hi Lucy: I am delighted that the post helped you to get full marks in your exercise. Well done, thanks for the lovely comment and I hope you keep thriving at your English skills. Thanks. Liam.

  15. Thanks so much!

  16. Thanks helped me with the home work

  17. Hi anandu:
    I hope you are well. You are very welcome and glad I could help. Take care and cheers for the nice comment.

  18. Thank you for this great resource, i show it to my students very often.

  19. Hi Katie:
    You are very welcome and thanks for the positive feedback. I uploaded a free workbook for students called ‘Blue-Sky Thinking’ in case you didn’t know. It comes with a ‘Teachers’ Guide’ also which contains the solutions. I hope you find it as valuable. You can access it through my blog or just type in ‘JCSA English books’ and look for my blog site. Best of luck with the teaching and thanks for the appreciative comment. Cheers for now. Liam.

  20. This is VERY helpful!! Thank you sooooooooo much, Liam!!!

  21. Hey Liam! I tried clicking the PDF but it didn’t work….I need it😦 Thanks

  22. this was very helpful ! thank u soooo much🙂 i was stuck for about an hour and am terrible a descriptive writing, so this really helped😉

  23. Hi Ishana:
    I hope you are well. Thank you very much for the kind comments and I wish you the best in your descriptive writing. Cheers for now and farewell. Liam

  24. its fantastic🙂🙂

  25. Hi Afshan:
    How are you? Thanks very much for the nice comment and I hope that the post helped you in some way. Be well. Liam.

  26. really good, hope there were more….but this really helped me a lot

  27. Very nice work sir.pls can i put some of ur descriptions into my story.pls

    enunuaye destiny
  28. Hi Enunuaye:
    Thanks for the compliment. Of course you can and I hope it helps with your assignment. Take care for now. Liam.

  29. Nice!

  30. Hi Aryaman:
    I hope you’re well. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. All the best. Liam.

  31. I have a writing assessment, and I’m having trouble with describing the scene. This is very helpful, thank you.🙂

  32. This is awesome stuff! You are so super talented at this! I love imagery but never seem to get it to the tee, this sure helps out A LOT! I’m definitely sticking around!!

  33. I really like your choice of words and it did help me in my essay. The way you describe is so beautiful ! Thanks Liam.

  34. Hi Kin:
    Thank you very much for your kind and considerate comment. I’m delighted you found the post so helpful and I will keep uploading information like this. ‘Bye for now. Liam.

  35. Beatiful and very insightful.
    It has helped me with deeper understanding of words and polished my presentation
    Thank you very much
    Would like to follow you on twitter and other social media platforms.

  36. Best essay for forestwhile reading it give us deeper meanings

  37. Hi Aryan:
    I hope you are well. Thanks for the positive comment and I wish you all the best. Cheers for now. Liam.

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