Bluebell season

‘How the merry bluebell rings,
To the mosses underneath…’
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

A bumblebee feeding on bluebells

The UK is home to almost half the world’s population of english or native bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). Synonymous with ancient british woodlands, these iconic flowers are at their most spectacular in spring, usually flowering from mid April onwards. Nothing says spring quite like the sight of hundreds of bluebells carpeting great swathes of our countryside.

Here in the little welsh village I call home, this particular patch of bluebells discovered on a recent walk just had to be photographed. Beside the Vicarage Lake (my new ‘patch’, more about this later) the bluebells have crowded into almost every available patch of space on the forest floor creating a quite dazzling spectacle.

Bluebells at Llanilar Vicarage Lake

Using my telephoto lens to capture the great expanse of violet blue flowers, I used a shallow depth of field to create out of focus areas and isolate small areas of the scene, my favourite way to shoot landscapes!

English bluebells – Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Experimenting with a shallow depth of field with pleasing results
Bluebells crowding the forest floor

All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography © 2022

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