I finally managed to get out with my new camera and test it out, though only on it's automatic setting. I went to the local woods where I walk Archie, but there aren't many nicer places to be than here when the bluebells are in flower.
It's not a huge wood but it's big enough to walk a circular route and give Archie enough exercise.
I don't know what Archie was up to here but he's looking pretty sheepish.
The bluebells are just stunning, they're such a gorgeous shade of blue.
It's such a shame that the bluebell season it so short, though if it were any longer, perhaps they wouldn't be quite so special.
I wonder how many woods in the UK are named Bluebell Wood, there must be hundreds.
Like most flowers, the bluebells are later than usual this year owing to the prolonged cold spell.
It looks like this fallen tree has been here for years, the plants are growing all around it.
The ramsons or wild garlic is in flower at the moment too.
There's a hole in the trunk of this tree and if you stand very still and don't make a sound, you can watch a little bluetit go in and out. It's nest must be in there.
Here's the little hole. You wouldn't even know it was there unless you saw the bluetit popping out of it.
I love this photo showing the three stages of a dandelion, the flower, the seed head and the stalk after the seeds have blown away.
There was Lesser Celandine dotted around the woods too, it looked lovely intermingled with the bluebells.
We have to walk through a farmers field to get back home. Archie loves to run through here.
I think Archie's cheesy smile tells us that he enjoyed his walk.
I'm going to enjoy learning how to use my camera.