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Bluebell woods at Stansted Park

by Clare Mansell
Bluebell woods at Stansted Park, Surrey

Earlier this week Theo went on an outing with his nursery to some local bluebell woods. As I signed the consent form I started to imagine all the missed photographic opportunities with a load of pre-schoolers frolicking amongst a carpet of wildflowers and immediately resolved to track down our own bluebells this weekend.

The best spots aren’t immediately easy to find. We tried to retrace the steps that nursery took to some local woods, but couldn’t find them (despite Theo helpfully shouting directions from the back of the car) and so decided to head to Stansted Park in the hope they might have a good spot amongst their many acres.

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The first place we found was good, but was deep in amongst the trees and far from the light with branches crisscrossing the view. Further on Jim spotted the perfect patch, just away from the grass clearing in front of the house which is known as The Avenue. Bluebells on mass are quite magical and despite Theo’s earlier rigid belief that there are “only two bluebell woods” he seemed delighted to have found a third.

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These beautiful spring flowers are only around for a few weeks every year, so if you can do make the effort to track some down locally. Many professional photographers offer mini sessions amongst bluebells too at this time of year which can be another great option.

The National Trust have a list of locations with bluebells near you and you can find some tips for photographing children in spring flowers here

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17 comments

Em @ snowingindoors May 4, 2015 - 2:41 pm

I love bluebells, they’re so pretty and a perfect backdrop for photographing cuties like Theo. xx

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Emma T May 4, 2015 - 2:59 pm

I didn’t manage to find any last year, and the weather hasn’t been good enough this weekend. Hopefully next weekend will be better and I’ll be able to get N out into some. I don’t think there’s many near me

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claremansell@mac.com May 5, 2015 - 7:29 pm

It was tricky this weekend finding a window. The sun did come out… just as we got home!

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Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) May 4, 2015 - 7:42 pm

We missed the bluebells last year so we went early this year. Not quite as much as this field but at least we caught the season!

Theo has got the loveliest smile always. When he smiles his eyes twinkles. #LivingArrows

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claremansell@mac.com May 5, 2015 - 7:33 pm

That comment really made my day. What a lovely thing to say, thank you.

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Sherry May 4, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Such beautiful photos! I missed the bluebells this year and they’re all starting to wilt. These really are lovely pictures and he has such an adorable smile x

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Carie May 4, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Oh those are beautiful photos – and stunning bluebells too! I’m hoping to find some for some pictures later in the month – I just need the weather to co-operate on the days when we’re all around!

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Mommy's Little Princesses May 5, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the list on finding bluebells near by.xx

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Erin @Yorkshiretots May 5, 2015 - 1:05 pm

What fantastic photos. I love his blue jackets against the bluebell background!

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Rebecca U May 5, 2015 - 2:39 pm

We’re national trust members so will have to see where the bluebells near us are – they look gorgeous! #pointshoot

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Baby Isabella May 5, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Love Bluebells! We’ve got a great wood by us too! Fantastic photos! #PointShoot

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Amber May 6, 2015 - 6:04 pm

LOVELY! Bluebell pictures are always my favourites. That’s a perfect patch – I hope that I can find one as good when I venture out at the weekend!

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Maria Noell May 6, 2015 - 8:58 pm

Awww love bluebells and that is such a happy little face. Beautiful photograph đŸ™‚ xxx

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Maria (One Tiny Leap) May 6, 2015 - 9:23 pm

What a spot! I love bluebells, they’re the best for photos. Gorgeous pictures, as always xx

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Donna May 6, 2015 - 9:59 pm

Those photos are absolutely beautiful. One day I’ll find a bluebell field to take the children to! x

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You Baby Me Mummy May 8, 2015 - 8:07 pm

Oh I think I need to find me some bluebells! Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x

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Sian May 9, 2015 - 8:43 pm

What gorgeous woods, flowers, boy and photos! A lovely moment to capture. I took some snaps of my nearly 1 year old amongst bluebells this week and she started to eat them!

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