Wytham Woods in Spring, Oxfordshire

These, above, were taken in April 2011, in bright but hazy sunlight.
The ones below were taken in 2010. In 2011 the bluebells came out much earlier,
due probably to a warm spring, but the leaves on the beech trees came out at the usual time
so there was more light coming through the trees.
The 2010 ones show purer colours, as the light was more even.

The 2010 photos were taken when the bluebells and new leaves were emerging.
It was difficult to get the balance between the bluebells being in full flower,
and the leaves cutting out light.

Wytham Woods is just outside Oxford on Wytham Hill.
It's a scientific laboratory used by the University of Oxford, but although it's managed much of that research
means leaving it in a more natural state than many woods.
If you have a good reason to visit, you should be able to get a permit.

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