Is there a more beautiful sight to behold than this? I mean, it’s not grand or austentatious; it doesn’t inspire awe to most as, say, a vast snow-tipped mountain range might. But to me, this little world that barely breaches ankle-height is no less awe-inspiring. It is the sight of June, these lush meadows full of green and growth and I realised it had been far too long since I last saw meadows like these.
This beauty is a pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) and was the reason for our evening walk. I love our wild orchids and try to make it out to see them whenever they’re in season. Having seen a few on the roadside verges as I whizzed past in the car, I knew it was the right time to seek them out. Upon first scanning the meadow, I couldn’t see them, until I trained my eyes towards the deep pink-purple splodges of colour that could be nothing else. After seeing one, I saw a whole meadow full.
When I say that this meadow was alive, I don’t just mean the flowers. Bees, beetles (can you see the cardinal beetle on the clover?), spiders and all sorts of winged insects were busily going from a to b as we watched.
Clover love. Our former neighbours used to cast aspersions at our lawn for having clover in it. There would be the odd pointed comment about how nice lawns looked if they have only grass in them… At which point I’d say how terribly fond I was of the pink and white clover that not only fed the lawn but helped to feed the bees that would hum busily around them.
This is a grass spider whose latin name, Tibellus oblongus, speaks of its long, oblong-shaped body. At first, I thought it was a grasshopper moving through the grass, as it was so big (large house spider sized), but lo and behold, once we got up close to it, we realised that it was a spider and that she was carrying a huge ball of her eggs around with her. Whilst I’m not a fan of spiders in the house (money spiders and zebra spiders excepted), I am quite happy to see them in their natural habitat.
Who says that pine trees are just green and brown?! I think I can deal with all of the pollen dust on the car for a few weeks of tropical-coloured pine trees.