I'm not necessarily the biggest fan of social media in general, but one of the positives can be connecting with like-minded people, which I seem to have done through Instagram over the last couple of years. It was a tip-off from one of these connections that took me to Vallis Vale early on Tuesday morning in search of Wild Garlic (big thanks to Nathan Hollingsworth).
I left without any expectations - I didn't have a great deal of time, and it was quite late in the season, and although the weather was bright and clear, I didn't think that would matter too much due to the fact that Vallis Vale was in a bit of a valley, which might mean some nice reflected light.
Vallis Vale is a popular dog walking route as it flanks the River Mells, which is nice and shallow and usually full of Doggos. I recall walking my dog here years ago, but I'd not clocked it as a Garlic spot, and I have to say, although the best of the Garlic was on the turn, I shall definitely be looking to come back next year as it really was rather nice (with some mist of course!).
If found a few compositions just by following the main path next to the river;
That Rhodenendron was quite the find, but when I did return a few days later someone had dug it up, which was probably a good decision, but it ruined the photo opportunity! Vallis Vale will definitely be on my list of locations to visit in future springs, so watch this space!
I have one more of my daily blogs left before I move to a monthly format to try and speed through the rest of the year. Maybe that'll be enough to snag a couple of readers - we live in hope!