Though both DH and I have slight sore throats and muzzy headaches (it's either a bit of pollen fever or the fashionable swine flu), this morning we decided to follow coffee at the Botanic Garden cafe with a stroll round the woods.
It was reported that the woods were crowded with photographers at the weekend - they must have got the same e-mail as us, with the news that the bluebells were out earlier than usual. (Being retired, we are no longer limited to weekend trips to view the flowers.) Today there were only two other couples with cameras; one woman told us she had come all the way from Darlington to see the sight.
The sun was behind a cloud -
Then it came out -
Bluebells are notoriously difficult to capture with a camera, and none of these pictures really conveys the light, the air, and the glory.
Beside the path was this interesting dead tree - with holes possibly made by the woodpeckers that are often heard in the wood?