Mon. 7th June 2010.
Yesterday was a humid day with periods of rain but we still set off into the Higher pennines around Ribblehead in upper Ribblesdale. Above 1000 ft spring still lingers on and the Bluebells and Marsh Marrigolds were still putting on a good show. Amongst the Blue bells we found the Mossy Saxifrage an alphine of high grassland. Audrey discovered the tiny Frog Orchid amongst the Twayblade Orchids and there was still a good showing of Early Purple Orchids and the tiny Birds-eye Primrose.
Pen-y-Ghent aross the valley
Early Purple Orchid
This was Audrey's best find of the day the Frog Orchid , it's very difficult to see because of its low height about 3-4 inches and its ability to blend into the surrounding foliage
The Frog Orchid is to the left of Audrey's shoe
Frog Orchid, because of the damp conditions the flowers and stem
tend to be green. In a drier location they take on a more reddish brown appearance
Twayblade Orchid the flower spikes are just beginning to open
Twayblades amongst the Marsh Marrigolds
Its June but the Marsh Marrigolds are in full flower at these higher altitudes
Bird-eye primrose in one of the small hidden valleys
My name is David Crossley I am married with two grown up children and five grandchildren. I am a retired Engineering Instructor, retired in 1999. I have many interests - I am a member of Burnley Film Makers, an amateur film maker and photographer, a walker,all aspects of the great outdoors, wildlife gardening, wild life ponds and wild orchids. The highlight of my walking was probably trekking through the Himalayas in Nepal.
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