|Field full of Green-winged Orchids, Anacamptis morio, and Meadow Buttercups, Ranunculus acris,|
with a Wild Service Tree, Sorbus torminalis, in the distance. Marden Meadow, 25 May 2013.
They are probably best known for their Green-winged Orchids. Two of the fields are full of them; more orchids than I have seen in one place before. Most of them are purple, but some are pink (or "salmon", as the official accounts have it) and a very few are white.
|Green-winged Orchid, Anacamptis morio. Purple, pink and white specimens. Marden Meadow, 25 May 2013.|
The walk was led by Irene Palmer, who is something of an orchid specialist and also has a good eye for a photo. It was she who lined up the image at the top of this entry, which I think is a very satisfactory composition, and combines the orchids, the meadow, and a scarce Wild Service Tree.
Irene also found a bumblebee with an exciting feature; pollinia from the orchids attached to its face. Again, Irene found the creature and I took the photo.
|Bumblebee, Bombus pascuorum, with Green-winged Orchid pollinia, Anacamptis morio.|
Marden Meadow, 25 May 2013.