Gathering reference material for paintings... a few hours in the woods

As can be seen in the two pictures above it's bluebell time in some of the woods. This wood is in Derbyshire and this year they really have put on a special display. I've not seen so dense a covering and really the images can't do them justice.

The morning sun created some wonderful sunlit/shadow patterns as I moved around... looking for the ideal view - not always easy as there's always likely to be some odd tree that doesn't look right, a fallen tree or stump that looks out of place or the sunlight isn't on a patch as it's blocked by other trees. Bring on artists license...

Overall an interesting and worth while five hours, bar the time waiting for the odd cloud to move away from in front of the sun.