Bluebells in an ancient beech wood, Wiltshire
Filtered sunlight illuminates drifts of native English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) under young beech trees in West Woods, near Lockeridge, 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.