We're off to have lunch with a friend soon, then go on to visit these Bluebell woods while they are still out. This is last year's photo.
There is something really strange about these woods which is verging on spooky, but I am sure it has a scientific explanation - which I am hoping one of you can furnish for me.
As you see, the photo was taken from the road. When I went into the wood with my phone-camera, it just refused to work. I lined up the shot and pressed the shutter, then the screen went white and eventually the phone simply turned itself off. I made about three attempts, each one ending up the same way.
The camera/phone had never behaved like this before, except once in a very small area of land in a yard. The parameters of this dead-patch were about 8 feet across, whereas they are about 200 feet in this wood.
I went back there a few days ago - a year later - and tried to take a picture inside the wood. The phone turned itself off.
All I can come up with is that either there is some underground magnetic force or something which disables the simple camera, or the fairies which inhabit the wood do not like having their picture taken.
Both seem as unlikely as the other too me, as the camera on the phone does not rely on a connection to a mast in order to work, so why should it shut down - and only shut down in that wood?
Your sensible/ridiculous suggestions would be most welcome.
After all that, the camera worked fine today.