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Two Bluebells in Prehen Woods, Derry

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

[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 >4,000 views, Featured, two features, sold as card ]

  1. 18 th April 2015 View Count reached 4,000
  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. 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).
h2. History of this photograph on Redbubble

  1. 18 th April 2015 View Count reached 4,000
  2. 28 th November 2014 View Count reached 3,000
  3. 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
    h2. 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

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