Scarlet Elf Cups at Snowdrop Valley

Scarlet Elf Cup taken in Snowdrop Valley, on Exmoor, Somerset
Scarlet Elf Cup taken in Snowdrop Valley, on Exmoor, Somerset

This photo of a tiny Scarlet Elf Cup was taken in Snowdrop Valley near Wheddon Cross on Exmoor, one of Somerset’s magical places. During February every year the floor of the valley is covering in thousands of beautiful snowdrops.

Snowdrop Valley
Snowdrop Valley

The snowdrops were apparently introduced into the valley in the 13th century by monks from nearby Dunster as a symbol of Candlemas (2nd February), the feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary. The Scarlet Elf Cups are only the size of a 20p piece and litter the valley floor growing on damp wood and within the leaf litter.

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