Images taken at:
Row 1 – Broomy Inclosure, Linwood, New Forest
Row 2 – Itchen Valley Country Park, near Eastleigh
Row 3 – Exbury Gardens, New Forest
Row 4 – Hinton Ampner, Alresford
Other nearby locations to find bluebells:
Micheldever Wood, near Winchester
Roydon Woods, near Brockenhurst
Stoke Park Woods, near Eastleigh
Upperford Copse, near Wickham
We love heading out to the woods when the carpets of bluebells are on show, they are a sure sign that summer is on the way! I often try to capture some nice shots of our children among the bluebells, but have found the more natural shots usually work better than ‘posed’ ones. However, the following points may help if you are hoping to capture a nice portrait:
- Find a tree stump or fallen log for the kids to sit on.
- Get down to their level rather than taking the photo while you’re standing.
- Avoid asking your child to say ‘cheese!’, a natural smile usually looks better.
- If they don’t want to smile and look at the camera, a photo of them gazing at the bluebells can work just as well.
- Don’t just wait for one or two perfect pictures which may never happen, take plenty and you might be surprised which ones work best when you look back through them later.
- Get creative – a ‘picture frame’ prop made from twigs could make for some really fun photos. See what you can come up with.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with editing afterwards. A simple crop, brighten, soften or sharpen can work wonders.
- Last but not least, when you’re in the bluebell woods try to stick to paths where possible and avoid trampling on the flowers.
The best time to see bluebells is usually around the last few weeks of April through to the first few weeks of May.