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Durham, UK

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Durham bluebell update 2013

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

I haven’t been out shooting bluebells yet this year, but earlier today I dropped into the top of Houghall Woods to check on their progress.  Most flowers are out a little later than normal this year due to the cold March and April we had, but they’re out near the Botanic Gardens.  This is a grabbed snapshot I took with my phone, but should give you an idea of how they’re getting on.  Of course, slopes with different light levels and aspects will have flowers at different stages, but I would expect that you will find something suitable to shoot in the Durham woods right now.

Houghall Woods Bluebells 2013

Houghall Woods Bluebells 2013


Cast a cloot

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

The May is well and truly oot (in both senses) and I’ve cast a cloot.  Admittedly, I put it straight back on when the temperature dropped again, but the burst of warmth at the end of May and copious rain has helped the flora progress nicely.  (more…)

Blaid’s Wood Bluebells

Monday, April 16th, 2012

On Saturday I had a short scouting trip down to Blaid’s Wood in Durham and found the bluebells in full flower.  Photos after the jump… (more…)

Bluebells are here

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

I’ve been for a short walk through Blaid’s Wood (see this earlier post for details) today. The wood is full of bluebells in flower between the road and the old waggonway – it’s well worth a visit.  Photos will follow shortly.

Early Hawthorn…Or Not?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

When we were out on the walk when I noticed the first bluebells of 2012, I also noticed that the hawthorn blossom, or “may” as it’s also known, was out.  This seemed remarkably early this year too, but on reflection I realised I was wrong.  Here’s why… (more…)

Bluebell update

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Regular readers will know I have a soft spot for bluebells.  All the same, I was amazed when I spotted the first flowers of the season today while out on a family walk. (more…)

Durham’s Bluebell Woods

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The Common or English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is a popular photo subject but notoriously difficult to capture.  In Durham there are a few options when it comes to seeking them out – here are some places to try. (more…)

Macro shots from Houghall Woods

Friday, June 17th, 2011

OK, I’d better confess up front that these aren’t really macro shots.  But they are shots taken using just my macro lens in different roles on a photo walk from earlier this spring.  The bluebells weren’t quite in full flower, suffering from the dry spell it seemed.  All the same, I found some different angles and a couple of pleasant surprises.  More inside… (more…)

Spring Outings

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I visited Houghall Woods to photograph the bluebells last week.  They weren’t quite at their peak – there were some good individual specimens but the “carpet” wasn’t at its height.  I’ll publish the pictures from this trip soon.

At the weekend I met up with some family members at Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.  This choice was mainly a convenient location to meet, but it turned out to be a lovely place with some potential for a photographic project or just a visit.  It wasn’t a suitable day to be taking photos for the blog or galleries but I’ll certainly be back.

I also visited Cragside on another family outing, mainly to see how well advanced the rhododendrons blooms are.  I was lulled into optimism by some neighbours plants which were well in flower, but they must be early flowering varieties – some of the shrubs on the estate were in flower (some even past their best), but the main spectacle hadn’t arrived yet.  In the meantime, here is an example from our garden last year – click through to the gallery for more pictures:

Rhododendron Blooms

Rhododendron Blooms

Bluebells at Houghall Woods, Durham

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

I was down at Houghall Woods yesterday and noticed that the bluebells are starting to come into flower, which seems a good couple of weeks earlier than normal.  Did I hear someone say “global warming”?  I didn’t make it to what is normally the best stretch (between NZ276403 and NZ277407 – on the link, zoom in to 1:25,000 for the OS map) but I would guess that within a week they should be well worth a visit.  If you can’t make it, you can see some examples in the galleriesBluebell Wood 2, Bluebell and Bluebell 2.  You’ll also see that the wild garlic is starting to flower.

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