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Two Bluebells in Prehen Woods, Derry by George Row

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[bluebell, Canon EOS 5d, Card Sold, Derry, flowers, forestry, hyacinthoides non scripta, Ireland, Londonderry, N Ireland, postcard, Prehen, spring, trees, Ulster, wild, wildflowers, Wildflower Card, Woodland Trust, woods, >500 >1,000 >2,000 >3,000 views, Featured, two features, sold as card ]

  1. 28 th November 2014 View Count reached 3,000
  2. 13 th November 2014 Achieved its second feature in the group Ferns and Mosses
  1. 18 th May 2014 View Count reached 2,001
  1. 13th June 2014 Sold as a Greetings Card
  1. 17th February 2012 Sold as a Greetings Card

These wild bluebell were photographed in Prehen Woods, Derry, on a gloriously sunny blue-skied Spring day with sun beams cutting through the canopy creating a dappled shade.

The drooping heads of blue flowers are a classic characteristic of the native bluebell. The ferns below and in the background are also at home in the woodland conditions. Botanical Name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta

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

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.

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.

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 other closeups) and the curved edges to the flower trumpets seen in these bluebells are amongst the features that allow the native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) to be distinguished from the Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica).

History of this photograph on Redbubble

  1. 13 th November 2014 Achieved its second feature in the group Ferns and Mosses
  1. 13th June 2014 Sold as a Greetings Card
  1. 18 th May 2014 View Count reached 2,001
  2. 28th October 2012 View count reached 1,002
  3. 19th February 2012View count reached 504 – rejected by the 500 views group
  4. 17th Feb 12 Sold as a Greetings Card
  5. 23rd May 2011View count reached 100
  6. 6th May 2011 Featured in Wild Flowers of the World
  7. 26th April 2011 Uploaded to RB

Technical Photographic Detail
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 24-70 zoom f/2.8 (set at 58mm)
Exposure: 1/3200
Aperture: f/2.8
Filter: Polariser
ISO: 1250


  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 4 years ago

    How pretty! Love the light!

  • Karen, Thank you. I hope the search for a new/repaired Mac turned out happily! George

    – George Row

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 4 years ago

    Super lighting and colors George. Perfect!

  • Vickie, Thank you. George

    – George Row

  • Navigator
    Navigatoralmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely charming little plant! Makes me think of the wee folk! Lovely photo!

  • Navigator, Thank you. I suppose I was down at ground level taking it! George

    – George Row

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful colorful capture

  • Larry, Thanks for having me and thanks for the welcome. George

    – George Row

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 4 years ago

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning work…Congratulations George!!

  • Blair, Thank you for featuring this image – and thanks for all the work you do running the WoW group. George

    – George Row

  • celtusone
    celtusonealmost 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Celtusone, Welcome to RedBubble and Thank you for the comment. George

    – George Row

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Jessica Snyder
    Jessica Snyderalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful Blooms Challenge
    It’s What Moves Me Group

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 2 years ago

    This is really beautiful, George, the colours so rich and deep. x

  • Agnes, Thanks.

    – George Row

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