Wild Orchids from East to West

Common Spotted Orchid by the side of Bassenthwaite Lake

Over the last few weeks I have taken a few long walks in the countryside as part of my rehabilitation.  I have stopped many many times to photograph the flowers, nature and scenery that I pass along the way.

Over the past week I have fallen in love with the common spotted orchids that I have found both east and west.

The first Orchid  I fell across was this lonely orchid by the side of Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria.

Close up of Orchid.

The flowers are a delicate pink with intricate detail.  I have many orchids at home, I would like to say that I cherish them but to be quite honest they thrive on neglect,  flowering time after time providing an array of colour in my kitchen; however to see this beautiful delicate flower in the wild is enchanting.

 

Later that week I was walking by Ennerdale Lake I stumbled across a cluster of orchids in delicate pink and deep fuchsia.

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Earlier this week while walking along the Northumberland Coast I spotted a bunch of deeply coloured common spotted orchids however these ones were enormous in comparison to the ones I had spotted in Cumbria.

These orchids have been the inspiration for my latest piece of work.  I have created a background from small pieces of green fabrics in different textures including linen, hessian printed cotton and paper.  The entire piece of work has been machine embroidered.

How do your orchids grow? …. with fabric scraps and a sewing machine.

Here is my finished piece of work.

I have even found tiny orchid in my garden – can you spot it?

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