A study in Purple and Pink



Yesterday I was back at Ainsdale Local nature Reserve.         

The irruption of White Satin Moths that I witnessed last  week  was all over and all that remained were a few dead bodies and empty pupa cases. 

However there was plenty to see as the Orchids were  coming into bloom. All in delicate shades of purple and pink


Here are a few of my images.

Orchids 1

Orchids 2

orchids 3

As I approached Freshfield the habitat changed as I entered the pinewoods. The sand gave way to bracken and there were plenty of foxgloves.


Everything was beautiful but my find of the day was a couple of spikes of Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera.

Bee Orchid

The flowers always make me smile. They are supposed to resemble a bee but I think it is a large, jolly bee lying back and having a laugh.


What do you think ?


About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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3 Responses to A study in Purple and Pink

  1. Marie says:

    I think you’re right!

  2. You would not believe that all of this is on our doorstep.

  3. Anne marie says:

    Loved the pictures of the orchids. I agree it looks just like a bee having a good night out with his bee friends on the Amber nectar 😄

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