The difficulty in photographing bluebells here in the Lakes is capturing them at the right moment, especially in Rannerdale near Buttermere. Social media becomes a frenzy of “are they out yet?”, and many folk travel from all over to visit this colourful wonder each year in May. The problem is though, many don’t respect this limited window of opportunity, and it’s not long until the bluebells are flattened by smooching couples, and of course, dogs and children roaming free. So, the opportunity needs to be grabbed at short notice, and if the light is right, and you happen to have a midweek day free, you may end up with a cracking album of Lakeland in colour.
On this occasion we headed off to a few remote locations near Loughrigg Fell, before travelling to see the bluebells of Rannerdale and the gorse in Fletcher Fields. You could say, in photography terms of course, this is a ‘drive-by shooting’ day out.
Route 4 - Lakeland in Blue and Yellow - Map 1
Route 4 - Lakeland in Blue and Yellow - Map 2
“Passers-by sometimes tarry in the limpid coves of Crummock, or stroll along convenient paths in the bracken, but most hurry past, to or from Buttermere, unsuspecting that these few acres, now peaceful pastures, were once a scene of violent strife. Rannerdale has a lasting place in history as the setting of a fierce battle in which the Norman invaders were ambushed and routed by the English in the years after the Conquest.” Rannerdale Knotts 1