|The path leading to the secret bluebell woods|
Located not very far from Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds is a secret bluebell wood. It’s virtually impossible to find and as the locals don’t want hoards of walkers, trekkers or naturalists any sign erected to direct people to the site is soon removed. The woods is also a haven for bats but frankly I wonder how many of them find it as the location is such a closely guarded secret.
Today I visited the woods being careful to ensure I was not being followed by people in bobble hats. I took a circuitous route to throw off any would be sleuths keen to discover the wood’s whereabouts. Clutching cameras, lenses and a tripod I walked the last half mile to this woodland treasure anticipating the rich carpet of bluebells that awaited.
|Someone had been busy.|
Imagine my surprise to discover the woods were devoid of all but a few token bluebells dotted among the vast green openness. Had there been a blight which had wiped out the bluebells? Had I got lost and wandered into the wrong wood? Was I too late, had the bluebells been and gone? Perhaps they were magic bluebells which hid on the approach of a photographer!
|Hardly a bluebell to be seen.|
None of the above. I was too early, about a fortnight too early. Although bluebells are out in vast numbers on roadsides nearby the millions of bulbs in the woods have yet to blossom. I will have to return in a week or so and check progress by then, of course, it will be raining.
Isn’t nature so inconvenient.