Virginia Bluebells At Bull Run

Virginia Bluebells at Bull Run

Canon EOS 5D, 28-70mm, f/3.5, 1/320

After a night of rain showers, I ventured to Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia in hopes of capturing a good shot of Virginia Bluebells.  This was my first visit to this park and I had read most of the flowers could be found along the river.  I had been warned the trail to the river bank would be muddy since it was along the river’s flood plane, but had no idea just how muddy it would get.  Donned with my ‘work’ jeans and hiking boots, I started down the muddy trail.  After a dozen yards or so, the trail better resembled a long, stagnant stream than a hiking trail. 

Finally making it to the Bull Run river, I chose to venture left down the path less taken.  Almost immediately, I found myself surrounded by an array of Virginia Bluebells.  While a beautiful display, I think the blooms will peak in another week.  In order to get decent close up shots, I was forced to lower my tripod to only a few inches off the ground.  As a result, I myself had to crawl around in the mud in order to see through the view finder.

I ended up not sticking around for very long as a rather large photography club arrived on scene.  Since they were cramping my style, I packed up the gear and called it a day.  While I’m not all that satisfied at the outcome of my bluebell shots, I did get a couple of C-level shots.  More importantly, it was a pleasure spending some early morning time in the woods.

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