For the last two years we’ve been on unsuccessful bluebell hunting missions but yesterday we were in luck as we found the most amazing woods full of bluebells and all the other wonderful flowers of spring. We went to a place called Wayford Woods, it’s about 10 minutes from Crewkerne in Somerset and I had never heard of it before but my friends mentioned it to me and I’m so glad she did because it was the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. In amongst the woods are streams, a lake / swamp?!, a swing, large open grass area and lots of benches along the paths to sit down and take a rest on. It would be the perfect place for a picnic. It’s large too, we spent about an hour there and didn’t even get around one side of it. If you live locally then I would definitely recommend a visit. It actually made it into the media last year because the fairy doors had got out of control, they aren’t actually there any more but it’s still just as lovely.
The kids got to play their favourite game of throwing stones into water on our walk through the woods. It’s amazing how much they come alive when they are outdoors, Tiger especially, they love it so much.
And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better we stumbled across the most amazing area of bluebells.
I was actually inspired to go out and take some photos of spring flowers after reading through these photography guides on Clifton Cameras, they are full of helpful advice such as tips of shooting spring flowers, how to take photos in low light and how to edit them afterwards. I’ve actually been planning a post on how I edit photos for a while as I find the whole process so enjoyable. I shoot in RAW but my photos are never blog worthy until they have been through a lengthy process of editing. It is really time consuming but it can completely transform a photo.
I actually go through phases with how I edit, I used to like them quite dark and smoky but now I like them really bright with vibrant colours popping out. I’ve got no idea if there is a ‘proper’ way to edit photos, I guess it’s more of a personal choice and what looks good to me might not to someone else but this before and after gives you an idea of how I like to do things. I go through all the basic options like the ones in the guide I mentioned above but I also use Photoshop actions, I bought some of the A Beautiful Mess ones which I use on every single photo I take. This photo didn’t actually need *that* much done to it, the great thing with shooting in RAW is that you can take a photo that looks like it can’t be saved and make it look amazing. Obviously the idea is that you should take great photos that don’t need editing but I’m not a professional photographer, and I’m pretty sure even they edit their photos these days!
We had a lovely day exploring Wayford Woods and can’t wait to go back and see how it changes with the seasons.