Paul By: Paul
Early-purple Orchid (Orchis mascula)

23rd April 2012, Stocking Grove, Hertfordshire, UK.


Last year I didn't photograph these orchids until 1st May, when they were past their best. I wanted to catch them earlier this year, and as the weather forecast was for rainy days for the foreseeable future, I decided it was 'now or never'. I left home in drizzle. Rain was dripping from the trees when I arrived at the wood and the paths were muddy, but I took a few photos anyway.


Then I decided to look for the colony of E-pOs somewhere in Balls Wood. I've never seen them there, and I missed them last year because the season was early. On the way there the rain turned heavy, and I sat in the car outside the College Arms waiting for it to clear up. It didn't. So I came home again without having got out of the car. Happy days.

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  • Paul 3y

    Worth the effort Pual. I've searched for the Balls Woods plants in the past without success
  • Martin D. Parr 3y

    Nice catch Paul!! Worth getting damp for!
  • Steve Chilton 3y

    Now I'm getting seriously annoyed. My total involvement with nature over the last couple of weeks has been attending two indoor meetings and several hours at my computer :-(

    I have successfully transferred this, and a few others, to the HNHS gallery. Thanks muchly.
  • Paul 3y

    Thanks, all. I know only two sites for them so it was nice to find a few in good condition, even if they were dripping wet.

    Steve Chilton Don't forget your Moschatel visit to Sherrardspark wood. But generally speaking I don't think you've missed very much. I've not been out many times myself, and when I have it's been to look for something specific at a known site. I've not felt like wandering about just to see what I find - it's been too cold and wet for that. Maybe May will bring some decent spring weather.
  • Steve Chilton 3y

    I was planning a week under canvas in Dorset from 10th May. I may have to re-think that :-(
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Taken on April 23, 2012
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