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Spring-ing into action

June 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Bluebells in Blickling Great Woods, Norfolk

Regular readers of my irregular blog may remember me talking last November about a commission of autumnal images that I had just completed for the National Trust here in the east of England. Fast forward to today and there's no prizes for guessing what this post is about.

The brief this time was to capture the various signs of spring at three of the splendid National Trust properties in the region - Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire and Blickling Estate in Norfolk.

Apple blossom and wild flowers in the orchard at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

I love winter, it's full of inspiration for outdoor photographers but after a while it can become a little bleak and lets be honest, ugly. So, by the time spring comes around the fresh greens and warm colours are more than welcome. Also, just between us, flower photography is a guilty pleasure of mine so I was pretty keen to be out shooting bluebells, blossom, blooms and bouncy lambs.
 Little beauty tulips amongst the Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
It wasn't hard to find spring colour either, in fact I was spoilt for choice. Between them the three properties have tens of thousands of spring bulbs, acres of bluebell carpeted woodlands and wildflower meadows coming out of their ears but perhaps the best part was being able to photograph the newborn lambs on the farm on Wimpole Estate.
I'm still working on several other commissions so look out for more of these mini updates in the autumn although I can't guarantee they'll have the same cute factor as this one!


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Justin Minns is a part time photographer whose award winning landscapes have been widely published.



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