Early Purple Orchids & Germander Speedwell

Tonight I went back to Brockadale with the 24mm f/2.8 PC-E lens to reshoot the cowslip image that I did a dew days ago but most of these little yellow flowers were beginning to go over so, I turned my attentions to other plants. As the sunlight began to fade I shot a few images of early purple orchid (Orchis mascula) but these are not yet at their peak but it was fun to get low and flat with a 300mm f/2.8 to shoot some shallow focused images in an attempt to make the flower stand out from the background. Its amazing how quick the sunlight begins to go and as I headed back to the car thinking the light had gone, I came across a large clump of germander speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) who’s tallest tips were just catching the last rays of the sun. I use ‘tallest’ in the loosest sense as the flowers are only 2 or 3 centimetres tall! They are, however, very attractive with their tiny blue flowers carpeting the field edges in swathes of light blue. I used the 24mm shift lens to get in really close to the tiny plants, so close that the shadow of the lens will fall across the subject if care is not excercised!

early purple orchid (Orchis mascula)


Germander speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) at sunset. Brockdale YWT nature reserve

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