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.
Longwood is best know for the bluebell and garlic slope at the start of the nature trail.
This is a classic picture of the bluebells taken from the steps of the nature trail.
The afternoon light was very bright so I played with harsh shadows and pointed the camera straight into the sun.
Once you reach the top of the slope the trail levels off and meanders through the glades of bluebells.
The trail drops down a steep slope where the and open glade is full of ferns.
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).
Taking care to avoid the flowers I managed to get up close to the butterfly.
Then I was distracted by these beautiful white bluebells.
I hope to visit Longwood again in a week or two once when the wild garlic will be at its best!