Bee Orchids with no bees to love them

My son says there are Bee Orchids at Berry Head and that his colleague has seen them and given him exact directions to find them. I’d love to see them so we set off. It takes us an hour of searching and we have to ask in the Café, but eventually we find them and then – they are everywhere! It helps if you know what you’re looking for and then you can ‘get your eye in’. Now we know what colour they really look, and how big they are and which way they face and how high the flowers are we’re shouting ‘found one’ at frequent intervals.

I’ve brought my camera with a macro lens so I’m hoping it’s not too windy.

Bee Orchid - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I move in a little closer:

Bee Orchid - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And then closer still, hoping I can get the focus just right:

Bee Orchid - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lovely. What a cheerful little fellow this flower is. It’s tragic that the species of bee which pollinates the Bee Orchid doesn’t live in the UK. Bee Orchids are all alone with no-one to pollinate them.

Self-pollination it is, then.

Previous Post
Great Crested Grebe - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The tale of the Grebe and the Slider

There's a Great Crested Grebe on a nest in the middle of the Lake. I'm looking at it closely when I realise there's ... Read more

Next Post
The Lark Ascending - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Lark Ascending

It's a beautiful evening. There's half of the moon visible. The sky is deepest blue. Clouds are white. Then I hear a song; ... Read more

Feel free to leave a Reply :)