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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 12th May, 2021)

Bluebells in Elnup Wood

Bluebells in Elnup Wood
Crowds flock to Fairy Glen to see the bluebells, while the spectacle here goes largely unseen.

Photo: David Long  (Sony DSC-RX10M3)
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Comment by: Mick on 12th May 2021 at 03:54

Ive seen them Rev, Elnup/Mill Dam wood is such amazing wild wood Shevingtonians are so lucky to have it on our doorstep.

Comment by: Maureen on 12th May 2021 at 07:57

I just love this shot,it's almost 3D..I bet there's little fairies here too..thank you David.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th May 2021 at 08:34

The classic image of a Bluebell Wood one of my favourites. The smell of them is overpowering... lovely to walk through the woods at this time. ( all English ones!)

Comment by: Edna on 12th May 2021 at 09:01

Lovely David..I saw a host of bluebells, they began to ring. Standing up so proudly, in the early spring. It made me feel so happy, as they played along. Ringing out for me, their lovely springtime song...From a poem by William Worthless 2015.

Comment by: John G on 12th May 2021 at 09:07

David: Very pleasing to the eyes, I agree with Maureen it does have a 3D effect going on. Nice one.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th May 2021 at 12:34

They are beautiful. They are the same in Borsdane Wood in Hindley. They appear to like growing in shade.

Comment by: Jembo on 12th May 2021 at 14:37

It’s nice that. Well shot sir!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 12th May 2021 at 15:57

Irene - I think they are seen mostly in woods because they are left in peace there (well, apart from in Fairy Glen), so they prosper. In fields they'd get ploughed up or trampled down by livestock.
Maureen - with the mining history there, it's more likely you'll see dwarves.
Thanks for the comments. When you see masses of them like this, they seem like a floating ground mist - magical.
Mick - you're right - as most of the woods (and bluebells) are in Standish, you Shevington folk are lucky to have them on your doorstep.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th May 2021 at 17:02

I'm always astonished how they spring up in my garden as I have never planted them. Perhaps being close to a wood they find their own way... they are very welcome I must say until I have to thin them out.

Comment by: Mick on 12th May 2021 at 17:21

Yes we are Rev, all on the west of the Brook is Shevy, and then we are also blessed by having Grieves Wood, Lawns Wood and Otters Croft Wood which our forward thinking parish council bought from ICI for Shevingtonians and visitors to our village to use.

Just remembered I made a video of the Bluebells in Otters croft wood a few years ago which is still available to view on YouTube https://youtu.be/FRZ-tneJuao

Comment by: Maureen on 12th May 2021 at 17:24

Hello Rev,you want to be very careful the next time you go through the woods..it's a well know fact that fairies don't like having their existence questioned lol.

Comment by: Anne on 12th May 2021 at 18:12

Are they English or Spanish? {:-)

Comment by: Elizabeth on 12th May 2021 at 19:03

I've heard that too Maureen !

Comment by: Rev David Long on 12th May 2021 at 19:07

Maureen - I think I'd be more afraid of dwarves than fairies - one of them dies if you say you don't believe in them. Dwarves just go, Heigh-ho!
Anne - the wind whispering through speaks to them in English.

Comment by: broady on 12th May 2021 at 19:45

Lovely to see. I have three snowdrops at present. Everything will burst through shortly.

Comment by: Cyril on 12th May 2021 at 20:26

Ode to the Spanish bluebells or English if you want.

Blue Spanish bells
Dewdrops are falling from your Spanish bells
Please, please don't cry
This is just adios and not goodbye
Soon you'll return
Blooming with all the love your bulb can hold
Please say, "Sí, sí"
Say you and your fellow Spanish bells will bloom again next Spring.

A delightful photo David - nature, God's beautiful creation all around us.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th May 2021 at 20:46

The Spanish ones don't smell as sweet Cyril and the bells aren't as dainty...

Comment by: Veronica on 12th May 2021 at 20:54

Plus the English bluebells are a more pleasing deeper blue with curled back petals, whereas the Spanish hybrid is a paler blue and pinkish with thicker leaves. I pull them up if they come in my garden...

Comment by: Edna on 13th May 2021 at 10:44

Love that Cyril, Is that from the same tune as Blue Spanish Eyes. Brought back memories. Your so right about God's creation.We are blessed.

Comment by: Cyril on 13th May 2021 at 15:05

I wouldn't know Veronica I don't go around smelling flowers anymore as I've an allergy to certain types of pollen.

It is the same tune Edna, there was a discussion about Bluebells before and I put the same on then. I remember when pubs could have been very busy with everyone chatting away, but as soon as Blue Spanish Eyes came over from the juke box everyone went silent then began listening or miming the words to themselves. I can imagine it to be up there with My Way as the most listened to song, or song sang at karaoke's.

Comment by: Kim on 13th May 2021 at 16:00

Yes Edna,you're right ,we are and not only if you live in Shevington or Standish as Mick likes to imply.

Comment by: Maureen on 13th May 2021 at 18:51

I have that song on. CD..I still love it.

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