Sunday, 24 April 2011

Springtime in the Woods

Springtime in an ancient English wood is a place that's hard to equal for tranquility and beauty. One of my favourites is Kingswood, near Bedford, which dates back some 6000 years to the last ice age. Reputedly used as a hunting ground by Henry VIII, it's sadly now much smaller in extent compared to times gone by, but it's SSSI status will hopefully give the protection it needs to continue to bring pleasure to future generations.

The main attraction at this time of year is the carpet of bluebells which, in the warm morning sunshine, makes for a fantastic photo opportunity, aswell as a welcome food source for newly emerging butterflies.

Blue carpets

Greater Stitchwort

Lesser Celandine

Wood Anemone

Yellow Archangel

Orange-tip  (female)

Orange-tip  (male)

Speckled Wood

Green-veined White

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