Orchids and other wild flowers

Another outing took me to the south and two excellent sites for rare UK orchids.


At the first of these I saw Fly Orchid, Common Twayblade, Military Orchid, Common Spotted Orchid (in bud), and some other species in leaf which I couldn’t ID.  At the second, I found Lady Orchid, Monkey Orchid, and the hybrid between the two.

Finally, I took in a quick visit to Dry Sandford Pit near Abingdon, an old favourite I hadn’t visited in some years.  Though the weather was warmer, there were sadly few butterflies to see, though commoner wild flowers were very much in evidence.  Some shots from the day below.


Fly Orchid




Ophrys insectifera


Stack of 3 frames

ISO 100 1/2 f/5.6



Military Orchid




Orchis militaris

Nikon D800E/200f4micro/cpl

Stack of 12 frames

ISO 100 0.3″ f/14



Monkey Orchid




Orchis simia

Nikon D800E/200f4micro/cpl

ISO 100 1/20 f/14

(could be sharper: was windy, should have upped the ISO and shutter)



Red Campion




Silene dioica

Dry Sandford Pit BBOWT Reserve


Nikon D800E/200f4micro/cpl

ISO 250 1/160 f/8

White balance reading taken using mid-grey camera-bag insert


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