The first time I saw the bluebells at Enys Gardens in Penryn happened to be when I was a freelance photographer for the Falmouth Packet. I was blown away.
I was assigned a job to photograph the annual bluebell event which happened to fall at the same time as an art fayre. The weather had not been in favour that year but it was still incredible.
Yesterday, I went back because I had heard that the bluebells were at almost 90% open. I wasn't disappointed and, while I only really took snaps because I was having an afternoon off from serious photography, I was still happy with what I got.
Enys house is quite the hidden gem and it is well worth visiting.
There are 30 acres of garden which offer a tranquil place to visit. At this time of year, the meadow known as Park Lye, is carpeted with bluebells which makes for spectacular viewing.
As a local photographer, I always try to visit this wonderful place at least once a year.
6 Facts about Bluebells:
- Bluebells are a violet-blue. In the old days of film, it used to be one of the harder colours to photograph accurately.
- If you walk on bluebells and damage their leaves, they can take years to recover. Their leaves are vital for photosynthesis that give them energy. If you do want to photograph Bluebells, take extra care not to tread on them.
- The bluebell is predominantly found in the British Isles, with almost half of the world's bluebells found here.
- The bluebell loves ancient woodland best of all.
- It is against the law to intentionally pick bluebells and to collect their bulbs.
- The bluebell has many other names that it goes by, including wild hyacinth, wood bell, Lady's Nightcap and Witches' Thimbles.
6 Top Tips for Photographing Bluebells:
- Plan your trip: Depending on the season, bluebells are at their best from late April to Early May. This year, they are peaking right about now. If you're doing more than snapping, do take a tripod to stop camera shake.
- Look at the weather. A bright but overcast day will bring out the colour of the bluebells and will make it easier to get the right exposure.
- Think about your lenses: A wide angle lens will help you take in the sweeping views of the bluebells, a macro lens can get you in really close. A telephoto lens (70-200mm, for example) can shorten the perspective of the image, therefore making the bluebells look like they're a much thicker carpet of flowers.
- Composition: Do think about using the rule of thirds when taking your photograph. Look for trees that can help frame your image or when using a wide angle lens you can look for leading lines that direct the eye into your shot.
- Angles: try different angles for different effects. Taking photographs from about head height can give you a good view the best of the carpeting effect of the bluebells.
- Don't forget to look for some close-up shots of the bluebells. It can be so easy to ignore the little details when you see such an amazing view around you.