April – The Time to Experience Fairy Thimbles

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Ancient woodland treasures

Bees, butterflies and other insects feed on the nectar of the ancient Bluebell. These wonderful  purple flowers provide an excellent source of nectar.

Bees can ‘steal’ the nectar from the Bluebell flowers, by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell and reaching the nectar without actually pollinating the flower.

Folklore

Bluebells have long been symbolic of humility and gratitude. They are associated with constancy, gratitude and everlasting love.

Bluebells are widely known as Harebells in Scotland. The name originated due to the Hares that frequented the fields covered with Harebells. Some sources claim that witches turned themselves into Hares to hide among the flowers. What an interesting thought.

So grab your camera and remember to charge your batteries. Pray for sunshine and go out and capture these wonderful little marvels. It’s a real hit for the senses. A real  sight and smell delight. You will almost feel giddy inhaling the Bluebells’ sweet fragrance.

The above captures were taken by me during a sunlit walk last year in Waresley Wood Cambridgeshire. Please feel free to check out my Flickr account for more Nature and Wildlife captures.

Check out The Wildlife Trust and Woodland Trust  websites to find your nearest ancient woodland experience. Enjoy …

Smudge.

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