I spy…

After a walk around another churchyard in Phillack I followed a track on to the dunes in the hope of getting a view of the sea. I vaguely wondered whether I’d come across any orchids or common blue butterflies, but saw neither until I turned around to walk back and there at the side of the path were dozens of magenta¬†pyramidal orchids (Anacamptis pyramidalis). How did I miss them?


The name ‘pyramidal’ comes from the conical shape of the young inflorescence of this plant. Once the flower is fully developed it becomes more cylindrical or egg-shaped.


  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Hooray I’m so pleased you’ve found some orchids, they had to be there somewhere didn’t they?

  2. Stunning colour and such a lovely shot with the blurred green background.

  3. You really have an eye for shape and colour.

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