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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II || Lens: Canon 24-70 f/2.8 (at 24mm) || Exposure: 1/125 f/22 (ISO: 1600)
Prehen Woods is a small wooded parkland area close to Derry City, N. Ireland. It has taken constant campaigning by local residents to protect the woods from threats of clearance for housing.
Once again the bulldozers and chain saws have entered Prehen Woods this week (February 2012) to destroy another corner of the woods to make way for more houses. A local campaign: No to housing development in Prehen Woods has a Facebook page and an online petition
It is an ancient woodland dating back to 1600.
It has always had a wonderful display of Spring flowers. These bluebells are at their best for only a few days each year.
Having missed them last year I was delighted to catch them this time around.
Botanical Name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta
There are three types of Bluebell found in the wild in Ireland. These Native Bluebell, the Spanish Bluebell (Botanical name: Hyacinthoides hispanica) and a hybrid of the two.
The cream coloured anthers visible in close-ups of these bluebells is one of the features that allows the native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) to be distinguished from the Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica).
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 24-70 zoom f/2.8 (set at 24mm)