Bluebells in a hazel coppice in West Woods, Wiltshire
Shafts of sunlight illuminate a carpet of English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) in a hazel coppice in West Woods, near Huish, Wiltshire.
West Woods is a remnant of ancient beech wood which is managed and replanted with the same native beech trees (Fagus sylvatica). On a glorious late Spring / early Summer day in early May, the juvenile leaves of the young beech trees glowed with an almost radioactive luminosity and the scent of the thick carpet of bluebells underfoot was intoxicating.
Date taken: 02 May 2011.