Prompted in part by Annie in Austin’s musical tribute to Lady Bird Johnson and wildflowers, and in part by the nice July day in April (93°F), I had a marvelous time yesterday once more surrounded by Virginia Bluebells at Bull Run Park.
I’ve written about this spectacle twice before (2006, 2008; it’s becoming a biannual chorus) but it bears repeating. If you’re in the DC area and you’re at all interested in wildflowers, you owe it to yourself to see it. Yesterday seemed to be near peak bloom and I think the flowers won’t last long in this heat wave. If you plan to walk on the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail or Bluebell Trail, be prepared for mud. But there are other areas of bluebells visible from the park road and close to parking areas.
It’s almost impossible to convey in words the sight of millions of bluebells completely covering the ground as far as the eye can see, so this year I tried something new – panoramic photos.
I only had my old Fuji FinePix camera and no tripod, but I was still able to piece together some panoramas in Photoshop Elements. Because they’re such huge files, I uploaded them to Flickr instead of trying to show them all here. Be sure to click on the “All Sizes” icon and view them at original size. It’s a poor substitute for visiting the bluebells in person, but better than not seeing them at all.