Thousands of Photos of Bees – Mayfields Lavender Farm

posted in: Outdoors, Photography | 18

A couple of weekends ago we spent some time running up and down the lines of lavender at Mayfields Lavender, an organic lavender farm situated in the lovely North Surrey Hills. It’s not somewhere I’ve heard of before, in fact I thought all lavender in the UK was grown in Norfolk (!), but since I posted about it on Instagram it turns out most of you have either been or are planning to go very soon.

Mayfields Lavender Farm, Surrey - Splodz Blogz

After we’d parked up (and paid our £1 per person entry fee), and tasted some lavender earl grey tea (I really liked it, LincsGeek not so much!), we had a wander through the fields. The plants close to the shop and café seemed a bit dull, and I wasn’t too sure about the positioning of a bright red telephone box in the field, I assume to give people something to photograph. It was a grey day, the sky was pretty angry to be honest, and it was like the lavender was past its best.

Mayfields Lavender Farm, Surrey - Splodz Blogz

Mayfields Lavender Farm, Surrey - Splodz Blogz

Once I reached the top of the hill the colour changed. Here the field was a beautiful bright purple colour – the colour that lavender should be. With that bright purple came the overwhelming scent of lavender, of course, along with the buzzing of bees doing their work. I immediately got snapping (on my phone, my every day camera, I love how powerful phone cameras are now) and ended up taking what seemed like thousands of photos of bees, the vast majority of which were pretty blurred. I did manage to get a few fluke shots before we had to run back to shelter as the heavens opened, and thought I’d share them here on Splodz Blogz.

Bees at Mayfields Lavender Farm, Surrey - Splodz Blogz

Yep, a phone photo 🙂 I have an iPhone 6.

Bees at Mayfields Lavender Farm, Surrey - Splodz Blogz

Bees at Mayfields Lavender Farm, Surrey - Splodz Blogz

Bees at Mayfields Lavender Farm, Surrey - Splodz Blogz

As shot! Not photo shopped 🙂

If you want to visit Mayfields Lavender you can find more information about them on their website.

Mayfields Lavender Farm, Surrey - Splodz Blogz

18 Responses

  1. Laura

    Although this is only maybe a 15 minute drive from me, shamefully I have not yet been! It’s on my list every year but I just don’t quite get around to it.Definitely next year…..!

  2. TheHelpfulHiker

    Fab pics, I love my phone for everyday snaps. I too have a million blurry photos of flowers, bees, spiders etc. It doesn’t matter though (no one needs to know!) when you’ve got a few that are so good. STill haven’t made it to a lavender farm, next year definitely!

    • Splodz

      Absolutely – phones (and small digital cameras) are great for getting the one or two instagrammable fluke photos in amongst the thousands! Love it 🙂

  3. margauxdoey

    Hey Zoe, I love these photos – very moody! I heard recently that nasty weather makes for the best pics 🙂 I think my fave is the one of the bumblebee’s butt 😉 They’re fun to photograph aren’t they? I once took a few nice shots of bumblebees and they’re among some of my fave ever pics. I’ll try find it and share with you on Twitter!

    • Splodz

      Thank you 🙂 I agree, dark angry skies do make for great photos, but the lack of light makes getting non-blurred photos of bees very hard! Thanks for sharing that photo with me on twitter, it’s fab!

  4. Hannah Spannah Coco Banana

    Apparently there is a lavender farm near me in yorkshire and every year I want to go and every year I forget! Love my bee shots and I too love my iPhone 6 for photos. Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare

    • Splodz

      Oh make sure you go – for some reason we’re all really bad at doing touristy things where we live but it’s well worth exploring the local stuff.

    • Splodz

      Thank you 🙂 I tried to grow lavender in my garden, but like everything I try to grow it just went all twiggy and now looks terrible. Ho hum!

What do you think? Comment below...