The arrival of snowdrops marks the start of the end of winter. A time when I stop following the starlings on the levels and start looking out for the signs of spring. My favourite snowdrop spot in Somerset is the village of Mells and the neighbouring valley down to Great Elm.
I had seen a few snowdrops out and about but mainly in gardens. I did not expect to see many flowers in Mells but I was wrong. This year they seem to out early and it was such a joy to photograph a few of them.
In the shade the flowers are soft and gentle. But backlit against the sun, during a break in the clouds, they come alive.
Down in the steep sided Wadbury Valley along the banks of the Mells Stream the snowdrops get very little light. These are still in bud but should be open next weekend.