Foxley Woods Bluebell Trail

Location: The Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Foxley Wood is Norfolk’s largest and oldest remaining ancient woodland. Its wide rides, originally created to allow the movement of felled timber, make wonderful paths far into the wood.

At this time of the year the peace can be broken by the hordes of bluebell watchers - can't complain as I am one of them. But for the rest of the year this is a wonderfully peaceful place where you can easily get lost in your own thoughts - a pity though as there's a massive variety of wild flowers (dog’s mercury, early purple orchid, herb Paris, lily of the valley, meadowsweet, water avens, fleabane, etc.), butterflies and birds.

The Trail can be inspected and downloaded to GPS from alternatively go to the EveryTrail site at the bottom of this post.

Technique: Because woodlands are packed with trees, it's often a struggle to find a strong composition. However by looking for subjects that naturally lead the eye into the scene, e.g. fallen tree, path, etc., I think I found suitable resting points for the viewers eye to settle on.

Here the tree trunk takes the eyes away from the busy background, into the thick floor of bluebells.

The line of fallen silver birch and the right hand clump of trees act as a barrier forcing the eyes to travel up the centre to the blue horizon.

Here the rotten branch takes the eye to the pool of bluebells framed by the triangle of branches and fallen log.

Camera Work: Nikon D80, Raw(12 bit), ISO 400, Exposure: 1/15sec. at F8 with -0.7ev compensation, Focal Length 32mm

Post Capture: in Nikon Capture NX2. set Sharpening and Contrast to High in Picture Control. Color Noise reduction: Intensity set to 10% and Sharpness to 5.

Inspiration: After watching "The Mission" on DVD the previous night and listening to that haunting music by Ennio Morricone (esp. Gabriel's Oboe - ) I wanted to capture that smell of the Jungle - the rotting wood of fallen trees and the scent of exotic flowers. The nearest I could get was Foxley wood and as luck would have it the bluebells were out - and the wood was filled with their unmistakable heavy scent.

Style: Organised Landscape

Foxley Woods at EveryTrail

Map created by EveryTrail:GPS Geotagging

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