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 a pretty scary place to set up the tripod and camera as the traffic flies by at high speed.
I donned a high vis vest, which I would recommend as a necessity for everyones safety at this site.
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.
I’ve recently got hold of an EzyBox Speedlite and had a bit of a play this morning using it to light this Agapanthus flower.
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.
Then tonight, I called into a location I’d been given the details of in Winchester to see Green Flowered Helleborines (Epipactis phyllanthes). This was a first for me, and I have to confess that despite these spikes being up for several weeks that the flowers weren’t open. I have read that the flowers are self-fertile and sometimes do not open at all, and I guess that is the case with these ones.
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 similar vegetation largely lost to drainage and motorway construction. The site holds one of the richest known associations of fen species in central southern England.”
I called in at this site to photograph the Marsh Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea ssp. densiflora) and some pale flowered Marsh Helleborines (Epipactis palustris var. ocroleuca).
Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris var. ocroleuca)