A bank holiday trip over the border of Somerset to Duncliffe Wood in North Dorset.
Early spring morning in an ancient magical bluebell wood.
You know that you got up early when you are the first to arrive in the car park. Duncliffe Wood is a large wood sitting on top of a pair of hills that overlooks the Blackmore Vale.
This was my first visit to this beautiful wood – something I find hard to believe. The first visit is all about exploring and seeing each view for the first time. With fresh eyes there is a photograph around every tree.
As the sun rises over the hills it starts to shine down the slopes bathing the bluebells in growing pools of light.
Some of the trees are very old, kept going through centuries of coppicing.
This must be one of only a handful of woods that has open carpets of bluebells.
The woodland floor is covered in bluebells as far as you can see. However, there are extra little gems such as these wood anemones, yellow celandines and early-purple orchids.
Of course, as soon as the sun warms the hill sides, the usual butterfly suspects are out and about.
Its always nice to see the butter coloured brimstones flying around.