I love Spring, new life and colour coming back to our landscapes, days getting longer, and the temperatures (hopefully) getting warmer. One part of Spring that I am particularly fond of is the bluebells we start seeing around mid April. My favourite colour is purple so it’s no surprise really!
I first saw the stunning carpets of bluebells at Spring Woods near Whalley last Spring and was amazed. The wild garlic flowers were also out at the time too. It didn’t take much to work out what they were as the smell in the air made it very obvious! I shot there for Firespiral Slings last year, this year I made sure to head over there with my children to get some shots amongst the flowers.
We got there later on in the day when the light is softer and the woods are quieter. Spring wood never feels too busy even when the car park is full and the area not being huge. This evening was no exception. When we were shooting we were very careful to mind the bluebells. We used the natural pathways between the flowers so as not to trample them. The flowers are very delicate and also protected, making it illegal to pick them. Trampling them can stunt the growth of the plants or even worse stop them flowering again at all. It’s very easy to enjoy them without damaging though and being careful will mean they’re around for everyone to enjoy for generations to come.
Matilda and Corben were very patient. Being the children of a photographer they do get put on quite a lot. When they did start to flag I must admit that a fair amount of shameless bribery went on! If you would like a family shoot in the bluebells this year it’s not too late. Make sure you get in touch quickly to book a session with me as the flowers are gone by late May.