Mells Snowdrops

Snowdrops - Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7685

Snowdrops – Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7685

Mells

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.

Snowdrops - Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7520

Snowdrops – Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7520

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.

Snowdrops - Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7682

Snowdrops – Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7682

In the shade the flowers are soft and gentle.  But backlit against the sun, during a break in the clouds, they come alive.

Snowdrops - Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7609

Snowdrops – Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7609

And Finally…

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.

Snowdrops - Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7688

Snowdrops – Mells, Somerset, UK. ID 824_7688

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