Saturday, 13 August 2016

Bee Orchid - Ophrys apifera

One of our most beautiful flowers, the Bee orchid can be found along dry, chalk and limestone grasslands from June to July. It is found throughout the U.K. but is rather scarce in the North of the Country. 

Bee Orchid - Ophrys apifera, photographed with a Nikon D4, Nikkor 105mm F2.8 macro lens, tripod and cable release.
Bee Orchid - Ophrys apifera

Photographed with a Nikon D4, Nikkor 105mm F2.8 macro lens, tripod and cable release.   





Saturday, 30 July 2016

Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis

A beautiful little orchid that flowers throughout June and July. It grows in chalk grassland as well as scrub, road verges and coastal regions.


Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis, Nikon D4 with Nikkor 105mm F2.8
Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis

This particular orchid was found amongst a field of Birds-foot-trefoil and grasses, the yellows, greens and purples really seem to compliment each other.

Shot with a Nikon D4, Nikkor 105mm F2.8 macro lens, tripod and cable release.


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata

Another beautiful orchid, found in damp meadows especially on acid soils. The heath spotted orchid is similar in appearance to the common spotted orchid except the middle lobe of the three petals is smaller than the two either side of it. The common orchid has three lobes of roughly the same size. 

Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata, Nikon D4 with Nikkor 105mm F2.8 macro lens
Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata

The heath spotted orchids lip markings are often more streak or loop like and less dot like than the common spotted orchid. 


Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata, Nikon D4 with Nikkor 105mm F2.8 macro lens
Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata

 Nikon D4 with Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens with tripod and cable release.