Ancient Bluebell Woods

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At the end of the road, a path through the palace gates leads you over cobblestones, past a golden sandstone chapel and on into the deep woods. A choir of spring birds fills the air with bursts and waves of song, and high overhead the soft newborn leaves flutter in a sun warmed breeze. If you follow the path onwards, it will lead you through the trees, deeper and deeper into the ancient woodland. Here in the deep heart of the woods, bluebells burst like ocean waves across the earth floor.

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They rise miraculous, like asparagus spears, piercing the soft dark skin of the earth. Sunlight peels the bells open and paints them vivid blue, and their sweet scent swirls in clouds into the still air. Sitting here among the bluebells, in the dappled shade of the trees feels like falling into a scented dream. This scene is as ancient as our ancestors, yet repeats fresh and entrancing each year, for just a few short weeks in Spring.

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No visit to the bluebell woods is ever the same. Each day new flowers will have burst open, different bird tunes wave through the air, and the light and warmth shifts hour by hour. Each moment begs to be noticed, to be drunk in and savoured, before it passes into the next. To be truly alive, to have your senses wide open, is easy in this timeless beautiful space. Waves of fresh inspiration roll through these woods, and if you let them they will roll through your mind too. Little bells of creative delight, ringing out from the ancient heart of the forest. Can you hear their tune, and their message to surrender to your wild creative passions?

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One of the markers of ancient woodland, there are many places across the UK where you can enjoy the bluebells. These photos were taken in Dalkeith Country Park, one of our regular dog walks. Click the link to find out where else you can enjoy the bluebell woods.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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60 Responses to Ancient Bluebell Woods

  1. Now this is a spot to where I’d love to bring a blanket and book and read(I mean snooze the afternoon away).

  2. Heather says:

    I would just LOVE to wander through those woods. Looking forward to more wildflowers as spring progresses here. Your shots remind me of one of my flickr contact’s – https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaketurner92/13929205310/
    Beautiful!

  3. All beautiful, but the last photo is my favorite! Can’t believe how they cover the entire forest floor like a lush blue carpet ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. poppytump says:

    Fabulous Seonaid ! You’ve really captured their very essence …
    I found my bluebell wood today ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Deena Kakaya says:

    So beautiful. There’s a bluebell wood not too far from me, I’m going to take the toddler…see what your post did ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  6. Ahhh … such a beautiful place. I’ve taken just the right few minutes out of the day to look at your wonderful photos. They convey such a feeling of warmth and comfort, somehow. What a contrast to my part of the world today. We have a large, wet, weather front passing through and as I compose this comment I’m looking out at a wet and very soggy world. We had to relight the woodstoves to keep us warm. Brrrrr. D

    • We have been blessed with a wonderfully warm and sunny spring this year, however its all due to change tomorrow for the next few days….rain and chills….so the pictures will keep me going too as we shiver in the rain ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Beautiful imagery, and images. Love.

  8. LB says:

    The sun on those woods and the bluebells is so warm and inviting. Lovely!

  9. ashokbhatia says:

    Words so lucid! As if creating a visually rich picture!! Reality might leave us speechless, though.

  10. gwynnrogers says:

    I loved the lyrical beauty of your posts as it describes the pictures so well. Thank you. The U.K., Scotland, and Wales have such beautiful areas. I did love traveling there.

  11. the images were inspiring themselves, the words made it even more so. beautiful.

  12. Anne Lene says:

    Oh my, that’s really pretty, and bring back fond memories of a trip one weekend in US ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Susan Scott says:

    Mother Nature showing off her bounteous beauty – how great is she. And how fortunate to be able to witness! Only 2nd hand on my side – but thank you for sharing. I enjoy vicarious pleasures.
    Garden of Eden Blog

  14. Reblogged this on The English Professor at Large and commented:
    I want to share this magical woodland with you. Thanks to breathofgreenair for giving me permission to do so. Take a walk into faery land.

  15. Do I have your permission to re-blog this so that I may not only have it at my fingertips to raise my spirits, but also to share the magic with others?

  16. Leya says:

    Breathtaking, Seonaid! Spring is the most wonderful time of the year!

  17. colonialist says:

    A world famous sight I would love to see in reality. Until then, thanks for the pictures!

  18. Sharon K. says:

    What beautiful images and words, Seonaid. Your interpretation of nature is truly inspiring. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. ladyfi says:

    What a magical sight.

  20. Lucid Gypsy says:

    There are few more wonderful sights than a bluebell wood!

    • I totally agree Gilly…..it’s hard to put into words….beautiful just keeps springing to mind, and I have a kind of crazy grin as I wander among the sun dappled bluebells ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Amy says:

    Beautiful sight! Lovely, delightful flowers!

  22. I am lost among the bluebells of the forest, charmed by their magic and grateful to you for this most beautiful post. Thank you.

  23. pbmgarden says:

    What a special place this must be. It must make your spirits soar.

  24. Lovely. Ancient woodlands are such amazing and sacred places! Thank you.

  25. Rachael Charmley says:

    As usual, you take me with you, bringing back fond memories. Truly, there is nothing like a bluebell wood. Thank you so much for sharing the beauty you found.

  26. Wow, amazing and deliciously delicate. The way you describe these little fragrant bluebells is so full of love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Colline says:

    Such a beautiful sight to see these flowers in one spot.

  28. jill245 says:

    This post was so magically peaceful for me. I am in a nerve wracking process of looking for smaller housing, and this sense of utter beauty and peace was exactly what I needed. I will hold these images in my heart as I walk forward now. Beannachdan.

  29. dadirri7 says:

    remarkably lovely, thanks for your rich description that transports me there in sound and senses Seonaid, through so many years of our evolution we enjoyed these spring delights, so that now even when they are distant they chime in us with certain resonance ๐Ÿ™‚

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