Not all Bluebells are Blue……..

 

 

P1000703qqbb

P1000702qqbb

Our woodlands are starting to fill with Bluebells.  The largest number are the true British Bluebell, rich in colour, density and scent. But increasingly you can find invaders often called Spanish Bluebells and they are not always blue…. pale blue, thru pink to white is there colour range, nor do they have any scent.  But just like our British Bluebells they are not with us for long, just until all the light is blocked out by the new woodland leaves.

25th April

(C) David Oakes 2019

 

Advertisements

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge -Bridges

Connel-Bridge

Connel Bridge, near Oban Scotland.  Opened in 1903 it was built to carry a single track Railway line.  The bridge spans the Falls of Lora at the narrowest point of Loch Etive, the bridge was necessary to avoid a much longer route, avoiding mountains and water.  The railway was lost (so called progress) and the bridge converted to carry road traffic.  When it was first built it was also the longest cantilever span other than the famous Forth Rail Bridge, incidentally built by the same engineers.

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

The Miners Bridge, Bradford Dale, Youlgreave, Derbyshire is a great deal older. Not sure when it was constructed but there has been a ford and narrow bridge across the River Bradford for countless years. Tranquil as it looks today, Bradford Dale and the immediate surrounds was once an important Lead, and other ore and minerals, mining area.  The Romans had links to the area in their quest for the much coveted lead ore.

Sometimes called a Clapper Bridge, I guess because of the sound of packhorses and ponies clattering across the stone flags.

Just another idea for Cees Fun Foto Challenge – Bridges.  The link to Cees page is here:-

https://ceenphotography.com/2019/04/23/cffc-bridges/

cffc

24th April

(C) David Oakes 2019