Driving up the M3, in England, yesterday – I could glimpse the beautiful, blue, forest floors. Yes, it is the beginning of May and we are truly into Bluebell time. It is not surprising that many people take the opportunities afford to them to try and seek out such spots.
This reminded me of the photos I took, some years back, whilst tramping in the woods opposite Ashridge Business School. The sun was shining, we enjoyed the landmarks and spotted the occasional herd of deer. Waving in the gentle breeze, the ground was a sea of blue.
Looking through the view finder I didn’t think i would manage to capture the bluebells in my photos, so (when I could examine them on a computer) it was with great delight that I discovered I had encapsulated the essence of the experience after all. Of course, it is always better to visit the groves yourself and to enjoy, first-hand, the aroma and wonder of our Spring woods.
It has an interesting (if depressing) story around it. I received a rejection from iStockPhoto when I tried to upload it to them for stock photo use. The grounds they cited were that it would be a breach of Australian law to sell this image.
When you consider that I can stand in public places throughout Sydney and take photographs that include the Opera House, this restriction seems pretty ridiculous. My original blog post actually got a response from Sydney Opera House, explaining they think they own the trademark in this image. That’s total poppycock, as an Australian lawyer confirmed, but it seems iStockPhoto would rather pretend it’s true than confront this abuse of the law by a Sydney landmark.