Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Blog posts are like bluebells: better late than never.

Ever faithful to our tradition, Albert and I set off to Blackbury Camp in late April, for our fourth annual photo session among the bluebells (see previous excursions here). It was beautiful, but the bluebells were a little late this year and not in full bloom yet, so they didn’t show up well in the photos. So we waited. And waited. Two weeks later we went back – and our patience was well and truly rewarded by Mama Nature!

There are many reasons why it has taken me nearly half a year to get this blog post up, but chief among them is procrastination. Whittling 250-ish photos and videos down to 35 was a task so daunting that I found I had no problem with postponing it. The day we visited this ancient, enchanted bluebell forest back in May was so beautiful that everything my eyes landed on became a magnificent motif, and selecting just a few favourites was nigh on impossible.

Still – better late than never – and what could be better than photos of a magical meadow of bluebells on a rainy November afternoon? I hope you feel the same way – enjoy!

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

(If you can’t see the video above, click here to experience the atmosphere in the bluebell woods.)

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
Happiness is… a bed of bluebells and a nice, chewy stick.
Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
Spot the monkey.
Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
I can see your halooo…

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
Mr. Wagtail
Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
Pose for the camera now, click, click.

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
Official bluebellfie of 2018.
Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
Another game of spot the monkey.
Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
The definition of bucolic.

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
Inside the ancient hill fort Blackbury Camp

Blackbury Camp is an English Heritage site, but the National Trust is also very important to the preservation of English bluebells. Their habitats are threatened by Spanish bluebells who have spread past private garden boundaries, as well as by new hybrid varieties. Click here to find a list of National Trust bluebell woods in your area that you can visit in the spring.

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
I do love his earses when he runs!

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Beautiful bluebells as far as the eye can see…

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
Time for a break.

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
This is one of my favourite photos of Albie.

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
Heading home – or as we say in Norway, turning the nose homewards! Nothing makes me happier than seeing this waggy tail in front of me.

 

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never
You know you’ve had a good outing when your forehead is blue with pollen!

By the way, we’ve already been back to Blackbury Camp for our autumn photo shoot – I’ll try not to be as slow with that blog post as I was with this one! 😉

Love, Neens xx

4 comments Add yours
  1. Truly beautiful. Ive heard that the climate change has really affected the bluebells. So happy to see Albert is doing so well and enjoying the annual trip. Happy Holidays!

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