Sunday, 1 May 2011

Bluebells


I've loved reading all your comments about the Royal Wedding.  It's so good to have some pleasant news to dwell on - even though it ran alongside more global natural and man-made disasters.  (The devastation from the US tornadoes looks terrible.)   It's a bit hard 'coming down to earth' - but here we are, the first of May already and that's my favourite month.  And here's another thing this country does well..... bluebells.

Is there anything prettier than an English wood full of bluebells?  Or in this case an English churchyard, since it surrounds the Church of St John the Baptist in Adel, Leeds.  I tried to find an evocative quote to go with the picture, but it seems bluebells don't inspire poets, as I could only find a couple of not-very-good ones.  Isn't that strange?

I was on my way to view a little gem of a garden.... more of that later.... and the walk from the car park took me this way.  I was enchanted.  It's only a 20 minute drive from Saltaire but I had never been here before.

21 comments:

  1. Perhaps the bluebells render even poets speechless!

    These are lovely. Happy May Day to you!

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  2. Happy May Day, Jenny! What a magnificent scene to set the theme...I'd love to have that in the bottom of my garden!

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  3. A truly lovely scene...awesome and inspiring!

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  4. It is true, English bluebells are beautiful. It looks like a carpet of blue. My favourite colour. The shot looks like out of a fairy tale book.

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  5. Hi jennyfreckles - I've just found your lovely site through diane b Your pretty bluebells are delightful!

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  6. England at its best, in one shot. Wonderful.

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  7. Your picture makes me think of the Jane Campion's movie "Bright Star", about John Keats..
    Happy mont of May, dear Jenny!

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  8. Lovely photo - Late spring at its best!

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  9. How I would love to sit under that tree with a good book - and a few chickens wandering about.

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  10. I didn't want the wedding :-( but am enchanted by this dreamlike photo of heaven on earth.

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  11. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I'd love to frame it and hang in on my wall!!!! Love the light and shadows and your composition is excellent.
    V

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  12. This is SO beautiful! It would make a great painting.

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  13. I'm going to bump into you one of these days Jenny! My wife sometimes takes part in archery competitions at the sports ground next door to this church. I always take a look at the church and churchyard when we are there.

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  14. I agree...a bit of happy news among the devastation! The bluebells are lovely! I've tried to grow them a few times without much luck. I should try again!

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  15. Jenny, this is a perfect scene, very British. Beautiful.

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  16. This shot is so lovely! Wonderful.

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  17. There are lots of poems about bluebells, and if you don't care for the Bronte's ones, I agree there isn't much else. Lovely composition in a difficult subject. Congratulations!

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  18. Oh to be in England, now that bluebells are there...

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  19. the picture almost seemed surreal. ^0^
    i love the lighting and trees branching out and you were right about the bluebells, it's really breathtakingly beautiful.

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  20. I love bluebells, they make me feel very nostalgic. The wooods I played in with my brother and sisters when we were little were full of them. Beautiful photo.

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  21. The moment you came upon this sight must have been breathtaking to behold! ~Lili

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