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Newbury Green Flowered Helleborine

After work tonight, I took a bit of a detour, well 40 miles of detour actually, in order to photograph Green Flowered Helleborines (Epipactis phyllanthes) at a site next to the A343 just south of Newbury.

There were loads of GFH at this site, but as there isn’t much in the way of verge its […]

Violet Helleborine

Tonight I called in at the Funtley Deviation site to look for Violet Helleborine (Epipactis purpurata). I knew that these were a late flowering species and so wasn’t expecting to find any in flower.

This flower spike was in fine fettle and was right next to a well worn path down the embankment, so I […]

Small Skipper & Agapanthus

I was out in the garden this morning when this small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) flew right past me and landed on the Chard in the veg patch. I grabbed a few shots gradually edging closer before it finally took flight.

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

I’ve recently got hold of an EzyBox Speedlite and […]

Broad Leaved and Green Flowered Helleborines

I’ve been waiting for the past couple of weeks for some Broad Leaved Helleborines (Epipactis helleborine) to open up in full flower. This morning, I called in to see what they were looking like, and was pleased to see that they were in full flower.

Broad Leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

Broad Leaved Helleborine […]

Marsh Fragrant Orchid & Marsh Helleborine

I made an early start this morning, and on the way to a job in reading called in to Mapledurwell Fen next to the M3 at Basingstoke.

According to the Natural England SSSI citation (http://www.sssi.naturalengland.org.uk/special/sssi/sssi_details.cfm?sssi_id=1001308), “Mapledurwell Fen is an extraordinarily rich site which is the last relict of a formerly much more extensive area of […]

Sundew Flowers

I have to confess that I’ve got quite a collection of carnivorous plants and some of my fork leaved sundews are in flower at the moment.

Most of the flowers are white, but the flowers of Drosera binata var. multifida have a gorgeous pink blush to them.

Drosera binata var. multifida flowers.

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Pale Butterwort & Bog Orchid

Tonights flower is a lovely little Pale Butterwort (Pinguicula lusitanica) which is so much smaller than all of the cultivated butterworts I have at home. It took a bit of searching to find it.

Pale Butterwort (Pinguicula lusitanica)

Some lovely bog orchids out here too.

Bog Orchid (Hammarbya paludosa)

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