I always enjoy Bluebell time and can’t wait to get out with my camera, having said that I always find it difficult to get a picture I’m really happy with, what you see doesn’t always translate in to an amazing image. But that’s the challenge!

My first trip out was going over to Pamphill near Wimborne and part of the National Trust Kingston Lacy estate at the end of April with a friend. We went early evening and it’s a good job we did as there were so many cars and people, but luckily they were just leaving for home. We spent some time enjoying the Bluebells and taking images but many were trampled with all the feet, people aren’t careful and much of the time it is photographers trying to get a picture and not considering the flowers and habitat, it makes me very cross.

Bluebells, Pamphill
Bluebells, Pamphill
Bluebells, Pamphill
Bluebells, Pamphill
Bluebells, Pamphill
Bluebells, Pamphill

A few days later I went to my favourite Bluebell wood, Bonsley Wood on Okeford Hill in the afternoon to see how the Bluebells were there. To get to them you have to walk a distance from the car so it’s so much quieter and the Bluebells are not trampled.

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The Bluebells were well out and the leaves on the Beech were just out and complemented the blue of the flowers with the lime green leaves. I decided to go back for sunrise, quite a trek but worth it, of course I had to take my tripod as it was quite dark under the trees and I wanted nice sharp images. The sun was was coming through the trees which help in the composition of the images. I spent a little while just walking around and finding the light. It was lovely at this time I heard a Cuckoo and spotted some Roe Deer in the wood.

Bonsley wood just after dawn
Bonsley wood just after dawn
Shaft of sunlight through the trees
Shaft of sunlight through the trees
Bonsley wood early morning light
Bonsley wood early morning light
Bonsley wood early morning light
Bonsley wood early morning light

Before the Bluebells were over I went for a walk in Piddles wood, with Tilly early in the morning, this is definitely not the easiest place to take photos of Bluebells there always seems to be a lot of tree debris and scrubby bushes around but I managed to get a couple of images and enjoyed the walk and the wonderful scent of the Bluebells. I always feel sad when they are over, the canopy of leaves fill in above and the Bluebells disappear for another year.

Edge of Piddles Wood
Edge of Piddles Wood
 Piddles Wood
Piddles Wood

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