Spring is in the air!
I’ve been lucky enough over the last few days to spend some time in the company of two of the UK’s most iconic and colourful woodland species, the bluebell and the pheasant. The local woods here in Hertfordshire are carpeted in blue flowers and the air is ringing with the harsh two-note call of the male game bird, both announcing in their own way that spring is well and truly here.
But photographing the two in harmony was my ultimate aim. I wanted to capture the pheasant in a sunbeam, standing tall and calling skywards then finishing his display with a flutter of iridescent wings while surrounded by bluebells.
I missed the boat last year having been overseas throughout spring and I’m determined to make hay while the sun shines or, more to the point, make photographs while the bluebells are in flower.
It’s not just these two species that make spring in a British woodland so vibrant though. As I moved slowly and quietly throughout the woods, a red kite skimmed the tree tops searching for food, buzzards called and displayed to each other above me, tawny owls called throughout the day and a deer almost didn’t see me as it came bounding through the undergrowth.
It sounds cliched I know but I couldn’t recommend it higher – before it’s too late, find your nearest bluebell wood, take a short walk and find somewhere to sit quietly to open your eyes and ears.