Thursday, 13 May 2010

Bluebells

You can see the faintest tinge of blue on this photograph of Hirst Woods, Saltaire, taken from the side of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. We are right in the middle of bluebell time here, and I think the haze of bluebells in a spring woodland is one of the prettiest sights there is. But you have to know where to go for the best pictures and you have to find a day with the right lighting - too sunny and it doesn't work, too dull and it doesn't really work either. The bluebells in Hirst Woods don't form a really thick carpet - Middleton Woods in Ilkley is generally a better bet for photos, but I haven't had chance to venture over there yet this year. Nevertheless, Hirst Woods, just on the edge of Saltaire, is my local patch of ancient woodland and I am fond of it. For a photo of the woods at the other end of the year, click this link.

8 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful photo. I can't help being reminded of my mother when i read your blog. You mention things and places that i remember her talking about. She loved bluebells and she used to sing a song about Ilkley Moor.

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  2. You're so right about light levels. In this case, I love the way it seeps down through the foliage into the woodland scene.

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  3. Snap! I went to Hirst Wood yesterday too! One of the loveliest places in Shipley - http://bit.ly/aWBPaS

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  4. Yes, I so agree with you. It is that haze of blue that is so breathtaking and very difficult to capture well in a photograph. I always find that my own photographs tend to dilute the visual effect.

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  5. I understand that you like this place. it's so beautyful and peaceful! your picture makes me think of the Jane Campon's movie, "Brightstar", so romantic!

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  6. Magical -- those bluebell woods. I have planted a few and they return every year but they don't spread and prosper as one would like. We don't have that misty weather that they probably would prefer.

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  7. Yes, the blue in the picture heightens the vibrancy of the green!

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