Bluebells in the Woods

One of the most rewarding sights in spring is discovering that cobalt blue haze in the woodland. We are very lucky in the British Isles as we have around 40% of the world’s bluebells, so what we take for granted is actually quite unique.

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All photos taken in Godolphin estate, nr Leedstown, Cornwall.

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  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    They are simply lovely flowers, especially when there’s enough to make an cobalt carpet in the woods.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Darn difficult to photograph though! I hope this cold wind disappears soon as there is another place I want to visit to see them.

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        I’m off today and so far there’s been wind, rain, hail and glorious sunshine and I’ve got the heat on! I posted on my favourite bluebell spot two years ago, it’s an ancient hill fort called Blackbury Camp in east Devon.

        1. Heyjude says:

          No rain here since early morning, but still very windy! I hope the sun shines for us this weekend (not that weekends matter much to me now I don’t work) so I can get some work done outside!

  2. They’re so pretty and…. blue.

  3. joannesisco says:

    I agree, Jude. The blue carpet of early spring is a beautiful sight after months of greyness.
    … and their magnificence is pretty hard to capture in a photo! I love your close-ups!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I went the close-up route because I wasn’t happy with the carpet shots, even though I got really close to the ground. My knees hurt so much afterwards that I think I am going to have to start shooting landscapes!

      1. joannesisco says:

        I’ve tried several times to photograph bluebells and the lushness that I can see just doesn’t translate to the photograph 😦

  4. How beautiful. I’ve only seen bluebells once, in the Blue Mountains. Lucky you to have them so close to home.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I remember as a child picking bluebells in the woods near where I lived. of course that is probably frowned upon now.

  5. Lynn says:

    Your bluebells remind me the beauty of our trilliums in the spring, laying a gorgeous carpet of colour. So lovely Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      That must be quite a sight too.

      1. Lynn says:

        It is Jude. Heading to the cottage for girls weekend in 2 weeks. Hoping they will be out in full bloom!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Then you must take some photos to show us 🙂

  6. restlessjo says:

    They are beautiful aren’t they? I managed a morning in the woods at Durham last weekend and they were just opening xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hope to see some more this weekend. Probably best to keep away from the coast 🙂

  7. Beautiful – flowers and photos! I had no idea that we had 40% of the world’s bluebells here, so I will look at them with more respect now.

    1. Heyjude says:

      But our native bluebells are being invaded by the Spanish ones – see here for the difference
      http://www.plantlife.org.uk/about_us/faq/bluebells

      1. I was reading about that just last week, and meant to include mention in my post of the fact that the bluebells I saw are the native ones rather than the invaders. We have bluebells in our garden, but of course they are the Spanish ones, so I am thinking I should dig them up!

  8. Beautywhizz says:

    Gorgeous. The bluebell wood is a beautiful sight.

  9. pommepal says:

    You’ve made my day with these gorgeous photos of a tiny blue flower that I never see over here. Thanks for sharing them Jude.

  10. Sue Slaght says:

    Jude it appears you have moved to a magical land. Wow these photos make we want to sing, well that would likely not be happy for any nearby listeners, but still the images inspire me.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think we Brits always look forward to seeing the bluebells – a sign that summer is on its way. Though you wouldn’t think so this year with frost and snow in a lot of the country (not here I am glad to say).

  11. beetleypete says:

    There are not so many bluebells around here, but the sight of a great spread of them on a forest floor is heartwarming indeed. Close to London, Epping Forest was a great place to see them, and when I was young, we would be taken on an afternoon drive there, to enjoy the sight. We used to pick big bunches of them too. I am told that it is no longer permitted to do that, as they are rare.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      As long as you don’t dig them up I can’t see the harm in picking them. It is the Spanish invaders that are the biggest problem and they are the ones you usually see in gardens.

  12. Really gorgeous shots, Jude. Lucky you to be there for the bluebell season. 🙂

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