Surrey Bluebells


Seclusion – 100mm; ISO 200; 1/250 sec; f/4.0 (click image to view larger size)

Seems like all I’m doing lately is photographing bluebells, but I suppose it is the season for it.

This year I decided to travel further than my back garden in search of bluebells. Internet research showed a couple of promising locations in Surrey within about 45 minutes drive from home.

So I started exploring in late March and weekly thereafter to check on progress. Places such as Ranmore Common, White Down, Leith Hill and Hatchlands Park.

I eventually settled on White Down as my favourite, partly due to the carpets of bluebells at various points but also the peacefulness of the place. It seems to be far less busy than other locations (except at weekends when the tiny car park can be overflowing).

As well as carpets of bluebells on the woodland floor, I wanted to capture some close-up detail of individual flowers. I especially liked setting them against a backdrop of the woods to give a sense of place.

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