Longwood Bluebells

Longwood is the spring jewel of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  The wood is bursting with colour as bluebells carpet the woodland floor.  Amongst the flowers are butterflies such as this brimstone searching out pools of sunshine.

Bluebells and Brimstone - Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9680

Bluebells and Brimstone – Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9680

Longwood is best know for the bluebell and garlic slope at the start of the nature trail.

Nature Trail

Start of the Longwood nature trail

Start of the Longwood nature trail

This is a classic picture of the bluebells taken from the steps of the nature trail.

Bluebells - Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9931

Bluebells – Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9931

The afternoon light was very bright so I played with harsh shadows and pointed the camera straight into the sun.

Bluebells - Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9861

Bluebells – Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9861

Once you reach the top of the slope the trail levels off and meanders through the glades of bluebells.

Bluebell Path - Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9822

Bluebell Path – Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9822

The trail drops down a steep slope where the and open glade is full of ferns.

Bluebells and Ferns - Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9678

Bluebells and Ferns – Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9678

Next to the largest tree was a patch of bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) sitting in the sun that attracted the butterflies including this Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhombi).

Bluebells and Brimstone - Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9688

Bluebells and Brimstone – Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9688

Taking care to avoid the flowers I managed to get up close to the butterfly.

Bluebells and Brimstone - Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9731

Bluebells and Brimstone – Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9731

Then I was distracted by these beautiful white bluebells.

White Bluebells - Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0053

White Bluebells – Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0053

I hope to visit Longwood again in a week or two once when the wild garlic will be at its best!

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