2010 News

Orchid Challenge

Greater Butterfly Orchid, Co Antrim
Learning and Photographing Antrim's Orchids
This summer I am attempting to see, learn to identify and of course photograph as many of County Antrim's Orchid species as I can. I have to say that so far I have been enjoying it. I don't intend to see them all this year, but as many as feasible.

Worldwide there are some 30,000 species though thankfully Northern Ireland has considerably less to get your head around. Whislt lacking the highly conspicous flowers of the tropical species those found here are very beautiful in their own way (and for all you gull lovers out there are plenty of hybrids, varients and possible splits to keep you entertained during the summer months).

Amongst those I have seen so far this year are Early Purple, Heath Spotted, Common Spotted, Green winged (Co Down), Early Marsh (several sub species/varieties), Pyramidal, Northern Marsh, Fragrant, Bee, Common Twayblade and most recently Greater Butterfly Orchid.

Over the next few weeks I hope to expand this website and add more gallaries including one dedicated to Orchids.

Red Kite in Autumn

Capturing the Beauty of Nature
Capturing the Beauty of Nature