Because of the prolonged and cold winter and a late spring, Bluebells have been late in flowering in Scotland, but I found this little patch of them in the woods near New Lanark.
The native British Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is a protected species in the United Kingdom under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Landowners are prohibited from removing common bluebells on their land for sale and it is a criminal offence to remove the bulbs of wild common bluebells. This legislation was strengthened in 1998 under Schedule 8 of the Act making any trade in wild common bluebell bulbs or seeds an offence, punishable by fines of up to £5000 per bulb! However, the species is not protected in the Republic of Ireland.
H. non-scripta differs from H. hispanica, which occurs as an introduced species in the British Isles, the flowers of the latter being paler in colour and the flowers more open and with less parallel sides.
In the workshop you can see a closer view of the native British Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), this specimen photographed in our own back garden!
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lousat (94786) 2013-06-04 3:52
Hi John,these flowers are common in the forest of my village too,but there aren't a lot like in your,a fantastic blue-purple carper,in delay in this crazy and cold springtime and always nice to see and to hear the perfum.Magnificent capture whit a great exposure in a difficult situation and impressive details too,i can count the hyacinthoides one and one...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
macjake (70519) 2013-06-04 4:07
wow, they are a protected species! the government has taken serious steps in keeping them safe, i like that.
I also like the new MAP feature on TE, its fun to see where you have taken your photos :)
I take it this is a nice area for walks? Our dog would love it here!
A freshing change of pace, nothing like waking up early in the morning and smelling some flowers.
thanks for this one John
timecapturer (49288) 2013-06-04 4:10
finally flowering and looking wonderful. It is great when you find a patch and stand amongst them, and your image and POV captures that moment superbly. Strangely I found from all the images I took recently that it was difficult to actually capture the atmosphere but this shot does that perfectly. Magic!
papagolf21 (105410) 2013-06-04 4:19
Très belle image printanière. Les fleurs du sous-bois sont très joliment mis en valeur.
Très bon cadrage. Belle réalisation.
P.S. : Merci pour le WS.
Porteplume (3464) 2013-06-04 4:25
Here I'm again because, just back from the UK, I'm into all kinds of "British Items" for another tour... Next year maybe? :o)
Also the blue of the Blue Bells attracted my eyes. We had also a walk in such a wood - Roseberry Topping woods, Yorkshire - but it will take another few days before I'm ready to post it.
The only pity of a vertical photo is that I have to scroll from to top to bottom w/o getting the complete view but even though it looks like I can smell the yacinthes. Also a great idea to post the close view as a WS, it's such a lovely "bell" that you must have a closer view on it.
* Here a little present: :o)
Amicalement - Viviane
Noel_Byrne (32544) 2013-06-04 8:43
There is something special about these flowers, tehy seem to signify an end to winter and a few months of nice warm sun to look forward to :) Similarly, here in Ireland they were very late this year, and for some reason did not seem as vibrant as normal. Still, the sun has arrived at last, and your fine forest floor shot speaks of warm days and short nights. Something I think we will all welcome this year!
All the best
carlo62 (52174) 2013-06-04 9:43
la natura sa quando fare festa e questo giorno è stato una gran giorno di festa, i fiori hanno dato il loro contributo ed il fotografo ha saputo cogliere il momento giusto.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-06-04 22:35
Ce printemps froid et tardif a eu du mal à fleurir chez nous aussi. Tu as très joliment exploité ce tapis de fleurs protégées (l'amende est très dissuasive!!!)dans cette belle composition verticale.
emka (102708) 2013-06-04 23:32
They are so lovely! And how fortunate you have them even in your garden! Fantastic! We have such carpets in forest with white and yellow anemones or in the mountains, crocuses. They are also protected.
I saw some bluebells when I was in UK, but only small amounts.
I have still no flowers in my garden, I am busy with my photos and it rains, rains, ...
delpeoples (59186) 2013-06-05 3:51
Ciao caro Giovanni
This is a breath-takingly beautiful photo, not just for the wonderful subject (which I have never witnessed myself) but the extraordinary light management and photo skills that you've displayed here. The vertical frame is well-chosen, the light is magical and I love the low POV and large foreground that add a very artistic aspect to the image. Beautiful natural colours and pin-sharpness. An impressive photo, one we would all covet for our Galleries.
willperrett (11470) 2013-06-06 4:30
Good front-to-back sharpness. The blues for some reason don't look very vivid, and they're sort of the point of the image, which is a small shame. I wonder if using Image>Adjustments>Selective Colour>blues and cyans would have helped?? But a very pleasant Spring scene.
marabu61 (11189) 2013-06-06 4:47
Gorgeous carpet of bluebells in the woods. Over here they have flowerd long since.
I can't imagine as to why they should be a protected species as over here they are such a commmon sight during the spring.
have a good day
mjw364 (1464) 2013-06-08 8:45
Moving on from being grumpy about grumpy photographers I will say happily that this reminds me of the wood over the road from my house which up until recently had a a beautiful carpet of bluebells throughout. They have all died down a bit now.
I like the way you have filled the FG here and provided sharp detail of the flowers. The trees act as the backdrop here with a glimpse of path to give the eye a moment to linger in the BG.
mehranjahangiri (347) 2013-06-10 21:18
very nice point of view.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (26138)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-31
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/22, 1/2 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-04 3:09