Friday, May 22, 2020

The Magic of the Bluebell Woods

I live my year seasonally. It might sound crazy to some but I plan my year around the seasons and plan our adventures around my seasonal flowers might be growing at any one time.

I don't know if it's my love of nature or photography that makes me do this, but the two really make for the most beautiful pictures and living seasonally makes me so happy.

With the worldwide pandemic and the restrictions put in place by the Irish government, our usual bluebell woods was out of bounds this year and I'm not going to lie, I almost mourned the fact that I wouldn't get to visit that beautiful place and see the bluebells.

I guess the fact that all these flowers only bloom once a year makes them all the more special to me. Also, the bluebell woods holds a special place in my heart as we first went there when I was 39 weeks pregnant with Beau and we've taken him there every year around the same time since.

We also had our annual Easter egg hunt in the bluebell woods too and it was so beautiful! Honestly, woodland covered in a sea of bluebells is one of the most beautiful sights you'll ever witness in your life.

While trying to find new places to take the boys within our 5k I thought of a place I had only been to once before, but that I knew would be quite. Imagine my surprise when we got there and saw that it was covered with bluebells!

It was stunning and I can't believe we've never been there before. We've been back since with Jacek and he loved it there too.

Tyler has asked to go back to our newly found woods many times because, in his words - "it's so beautiful there" and he's not wrong. It's a lovely place to go for a walk in peace and quiet. We've yet to meet someone there and it's great to know there's a place so close to home full of unspoiled beauty.

I must have taken a hundred photos on my visit to the bluebell woods, but it's hard not to take so many photos when the sights are so beautiful.

I never really share my photography on the blog, I generally just save my captures for my Instagram @dollydowsie, but I want to change that and have my blog become more personal again.

If you're in the East Cork area and want to explore this lovely little bluebell woods, it's located on Fota Island by the scouts campsite. It's a stunning place for a walk, but please, if you visit, respect the place and take your rubbish home with you. I've noticed far too many places now covered in litter since the pandemic began and I'd hate to see this little woodland falling to the same fate.

Beautiful places like this allow me to practice my photography. I'm really inspired by people and nature and the interaction between both, so seasonal settings really are amazing to me.

I love this capture I got of Tyler looking up to see where a bird was in a tree up above. The wonder of childhood captured in an image.

As a parent, I want to raise my children to love and care for nature just as much as their father and I do. I guess I'm kind of an 'anti-influencer' in that I don't try and influence my audience to buy many things as such, but want to share just how amazing and beneficial the free things in life can be - and nature is the best free thing you could ever embrace for raising children.

It makes us all so happy and I'll be sharing more of our seasonal adventures on the blog and on my socials too. 

I'm so glad that the pandemic allowed us to discover new and beautiful places so close to home - I guess there's a silver lining to everything!

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