Ancient Woodland

18/05/2013
Spring is late this year and now everything seems to be happening at once. One benefit is that flowers usually separated by a week or two are flowering together. I found these exquisite drifts of bluebells and ramsons in Gopher Wood, on the chalk escarpment overlooking Oare in Wiltshire. I composed to give equal prominence to both species and included a wood spurge to frame the left hand side of the image, balancing the tree trunk on the right. The trees, being less temperature dependent, are fully in leaf, providing a backdrop that avoids any distracting elements of sky. Cloudy bright conditions give good detail throughout the image and avoid excessive contrast, though requiring an adjustment to the colour temperature to accurately record the bluebells. With intricate detail and diverse flora, the image shows a classic ancient woodland.