Tuesday, 21 May 2013


After not being entirely happy with the  images taken on my previous visit to the bluebell woods I went back for another go. The only mistake I made this time was to go on a Sunday, even at 8am. the place was rammed full of people!

But first a bit of a rant!...Bear in mind that these people have made the effort to get up early on a Sunday morning to go and see the stunning beauty of a woodland  floor covered in a carpet of bluebells...so why, despite the signs asking them nicely not to, do they leave the paths and trample all over the flowers?  And then to get that perfect photo (with their iphones and their ipads) they insist on plonking their babies.. their kids..their girl/boyfriends..their parents/grandparents..their dogs (as well as letting them tear around unchecked)..push their pushchairs/wheelchairs(yes!)..ride their mountain bikes onto any pristine patch of bluebells that they can find!!

 I guess all they're concerned with is their own enjoyment and they're just too ignorant to think of other people?...nature's beauty is just wasted on these morons!!...phew!..rant over.

I managed to get a few photographs but after a short while I got p****d off with dodging all the people and walked to another, less populated!, part of the woods where I could work in peace.

After a while I noticed that there were quite a few other wild flowers out in bloom and waiting to have their photos taken!

Common Dandelion (taraxallum officinale)

Greater Stitchwort (stellaria holostia)

Ribwort Plantain (plantago lanceolata)

Wood Sorrel (oxalis acetosella)

Common Daisy (bellis perennis)

Red Campion (siline dioica)

Cypress Spurge (euphorbia cyparissias)

Despite the morons..er..people I had an enjoyable few hours getting down and dirty with some beautiful flowers!


ADRIAN said...

These are stunning. Thank you for mixing with the unwashed idiots. It was well worth it for these pictures.

Bob Bushell said...

Good old rant Trevor. But, you had an amazing day to show us the splendour of the forest.

holdingmoments said...

Exceptional images Trevor. I love the dark border round the flowers too. Really makes them stand out.

Agree 100% with the rant too. We should be allowed to carry guns in these circumstances.

Findlay Wilde said...

The pictures are so good and people can be so annoying. The sad thing is that they haven't even got a clue that they are doing any damage. From Findlay

The Herald said...

Thanks Adrian. I'm still trying to fathom out why you would make the effort to go and see something and then destroy it when you get there!...[;o)

Thanks Bob, it was an enjoyable few hours..in the end!...[;o)

Thanks Keith. I was in danger of saying something but was outnumbered!!...[;o)

The Herald said...

Thank you Findlay. Yep, you're spot on there, they didn't know or even care about the damage they were doing!...[;o)

Frank said...

I once thought that the 'great unwashed' were coming round to the fact that they need to take care of our environment BUT now I really wonder where their brains are located!

Super set of images Trevor and well done for persevering.


Trevor, i have seen many photos of bluebells over the years and in the last 2 years i have found that they are very hard to photograph, to show them to their best......You have done this with your photos, very well done !!!


Im back again.......that header, GREAT PHOTO TOO.I like the green letters.


The Herald said...

Thank you Frank. I sometimes wonder if some of them actually have brains?...[;o)

Thank you for the kind comments Peter.
You're right they're not the easiest of subjects to photograph, they change colour drastically, depending on the level of the light!...[;o)

Carole M. said...

wow, each of your photographs is a winner. I can well imagine the frustration at witnessing the throngs acting irresponsibly; it's hard to believe sometimes. Easier to get on out of there like you did and find your own quiet space. I was interested to know the name for Hoary Plantain, have seen it over the years and never knew. Will I remember it when I do get to see it again?

grammie g said...

Hi Trevor...What in the world is going on ...your previous post did not show on my blog...probably those Google Morons ; )!

Rant all you want, if it makes you feel better...sometimes I think I would like a blog for just rants, but I would not have a comment section on it !! : ))))
Well I am just overwhelmed with the beauty of this flower!!
Ever year I see them posted on one blog or another and I never get tired of seeing them!!
Your photos of them are outstanding, absolutely splendid!! I think your other post of them (which didn't find there way to this side of the pond)are great too!!
I also like that the others!! Wild flowers are the best!!


thanks for your comments..much appreciated : )

The Herald said...

Carole, thank you for your very kind comments.
At times I was tempted to say something, but you're right, it was best to ignore the morons and just walk away.
Now!...Plantains...I wasn't entirely happy with the ID I'd given, after having another look at the photograph and my notes/books I'm now confidant that it is in fact the Ribwort Plantain. You can clearly see the ribbed stem in the photograph! Sorry about the confusion..I've now edited the blog...[;o)

Hi Grace...It's a long way across that pond and all this newfangled technology gets confused and looses it's way sometimes. All sorted now...I hope?

A blogging site just for rants?...what a great idea, I bet there'd be no shortage of customers!

Thanks for the kind comments...morons aside, it's always good to see and photograph the bluebells every year and photographing wild flowers is easier than photographing birds...they don't fly away!!...[;o)

Margaret Adamson said...

I have never seen better photographs of Bluebells. They are truely outstanding. Well done Trevor.

Roy Norris said...

I was content with your last lot Trevor, but these are stunners. I looked out of the kitchen window the other day and observed 3 children not only pick tulips etc but uprooted some and their mother never bothered to even look let alone stop them and carried on texting on her mobile. It's the state of society as we have come to suffer unfortunately.

The Herald said...

Thanks Margaret...[;o)

Thanks Roy. Fortunately there's still a few people around who appreciate the importance and beauty of nature!...[;o)

ShySongbird said...

Absolutely beautiful Trevor, every one of them. The Bluebells really do look stunning. Love the header with them too.

I completely agree with your rant, I cringe when I see wild flowers being walked on. What you saw is bewildering, I would have expected people who appreciate the beauty of Bluebells to treat them with respect. Thick as two short planks...and that's the mild version!

The Herald said...

Thank you Jan.

I just can't fathom why people make the effort to go and see something that they obviously feel is worth seeing and then proceed to destroy it!...[;o)

douglas mcfarlane said...

That's a massive selection of wild flowers Trevor. Liked them all and the blog header is perfect too.
It's an odd thing when people come and enjoy nature, it should be encouraged, but when you see/hear of that sort behaviour you wonder why bother. We have a worse problem of people picking Bluebells and others planting non-native species I even saw a "white-bell" yesterday and that I think is worse as it threatens our native species.

The Herald said...

Thanks Douglas. It was sad to see the behaviour of those thoughtless morons, I forgot to mention in my post that some were also being picked and I noticed some had been discarded under the notice saying that it was an offence to pick or dig them up!

Were the Whitebells you saw native or non-native? I did see, and photograph, some native Whitebells thinking that they were just 'white' Bluebells but apparently they're quite rare!...[;o)

(I'll post a couple of (poor!) pictures later)

Poppy (aka Val) said...

A lovely set of photos, all the flowers here are so lovely. Glad you managed to find a quiet spot to enjoy the beauty.

The Herald said...

Thanks Poppy. Yeh, the quiet spots are there, if you know where to look!...[;o)

Norma Ruttan said...

I find myself feeling like a b--ch because of my feelings towards these kind of thoughtless ingrates who take no notice of what is around them whether they are walking, driving or rolling along on any kind of wheels. I am so glad you triumphed in capturing these breathtaking flower images!

The Herald said...

Thanks Norma, yeh, there's a lot of people around who have no regard for the beauty, and fragility, of the beauty and nature that surrounds us!...[;o)