Bluebells clinging to a steep slope in Burrator Woods

During May and into July I made repeated visits to Burrator Woods to photograph the bluebells. Like all the other native flowers the bluebells were late this year by a week or two. When they eventually came into flower at the start of June however, they did not disappoint. In previous years the bluebells have been a bit washed out and thin on the ground. I have watched with amusement as beginner photographers who likely hadn’t seen a good covering attempted to recreate the kind of saturation levels that are naturally possible through processing – with disastrous results!

This year the flowers were naturally spectacular and finding a nice composition a particularly steep part of the wood I shot a timelapse of the light pouring down the trees and across the swathes of bluebells.

I have a major issue with the resulting image at present that a few midges decided to fly around the front of the camera (I was nowhere near the camera at the time). This has resulted in what looks like a massive swarm of flies suddenly arriving in the middle of the timelapse. I’ve tried to rectify the issue through blend modes, but it is looking increasingly likely that I will have to close every fly from every frame individually or otherwise just put up with the flies!

I also captured a time-lapse in the evening of light moving across the bluebells.


  1. These woods in bluebell season are magical – truly one of the great wonders of the South West….and you’ve captured them beautifully…Your work has reminded me to plan to visit this season’s flowering very soon. Congratulations on all stunning work in the Dartmoor Timelapse portfolio.

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