7 hours ago
Do you have bluebells where you live in the world? Let me know where you are if you do! Love this shot from Hampshire, England by @jacklodgephoto.
These lovely 'fings are now popping up across the country. In fact, the bluebell is one of the ‘indicator species‘ of ancient woodland, meaning woods that have been in existence since at least 1600!
Did you know: Almost half the world's bluebells are to be found in the UK? They’re relatively rare elsewhere. They feature some really lovely names too: wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles! Perfect.
In folklore, bluebells were said to ring when fairies were summoning their kin to a gathering; but if a human heard the sound, it would be their death knell. There’s an interesting belief that wearing a garland of bluebells will induce you to speak only the truth. Not surprisingly, it was considered unlucky to trample on a bed of bluebells, because you would anger the fairies resting there (plus it's a really awful thing to do and the Queen will throw you in the Tower if she catches you!) Looking forward to all the vibrant, misty and magical bluebell shots over the coming weeks!
Great shot by @jacklodgephoto 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us, 'ta very much! 🇬🇧