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Copyright: Sue Rickhuss (snaphappy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 21 N: 233] (1948)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Tamron 70-300mm Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(blue) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 14:49
Viewed: 2813
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
true English woodland bluebells.
There are a number of factors threatening the survival of our native bluebells. About 70% are found in woodland, but worryingly, much of this ideal habitat has been destroyed for agriculture or converted to coniferous woodland.

They are perfectly adapted to cope with the shade created by the woodland canopy above. The first shoots emerge in January, giving bluebells a valuable head start over other woodland plants.

They can grow and sow seeds before the trees produce leaves, reducing space and light. However, temperatures are getting warmer, bringing spring forward by six days for every degree celsius. In other words, this 'head start' is getting smaller.

Interbreeding with Spanish bluebells and the resulting hybrids is also posing a threat to our native variety. The Spanish bluebells were introduced to British gardens in the 17th century, but it wasn't until the 20th century that they escaped into the wild. As a result, a third of bluebells are either a Spanish or hybrid variety, and one in six bluebell woods contains a mixture of all three species.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-22 15:17]

Hello Sue,
Bluebells are indeed a very chracteristic sight in English woodlands. I like watching such landscapes. Your shot gives and excellent close-up of this species. Very nice diffused light, saturated colours and beautiful blurred background - well controlled DOF. I also appreciate very much the accompanying note from which I've learned a lot.

I'm dealing with problem of invasive organisms and threats to local biodivesity so your info on the bluebell hybrids is very interesting to me.
Best greetings and TFS!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-22 15:34]

Hi sue. very good close up shot of the Blue bells, great detail and very good colour. TFS. well done. good notes to.

Hi Sue.
Very pretty shot. Excellent composition. Well done. tfs.stev

Hola Sue.
Una magnífica presentación, con un colorido excepcional.
Una nota bastante completa.
Saludos, JL.

very nice pic the frame color is very bad for the pic. TFS Ori

Hi Sue.
Very beautiful. Lovely tight crop and wonderful colours. A real poster shot. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-04-23 5:26]

Hi Sue,

My favourite of all our native plants, I love the facts that they are so very British too! I have posted a few shots of bluebell woods which you might like.
This is great, a veritable 'rack' of bluebells, with excellent composition and colours. I was out in my garden trying to get something similar yesterday, which i'll post later.
Thanks for sharing such a lovely image.


Beautiful shot of the bluebells which are wonderfully sharp with excelletn DOF, but I'm afraid I don't like the frame at all. It is way too large and detracts from the picture too much.


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