I thought I'd post the completed marsh orchid picture that I started a few weeks ago.I added other plants -horsetails and grasses, to the background in graphite pencil to ground it and add to its wildness.The flowers are a little too pink in this picture-they are slightly bluer.
On my previous trip to Ynyslas I saw a lot of common blue butterflies flitting mostly around the birdsfoot trefoil-one of their caterpillars food plants. Heres a study I've completed of them,in watercolour and graphite with a tiny pearlescent shell,of which there were many.
The blues have lovely pink undertones with a blue irridescency and furry bodies.
We finally got a break from the rain the other morning so I went back to Ynyslas to look for Bee orchids -Ophrys apifera,(I'm not obsessed with orchids am I?).
They usually grow in sheltered dunes among the Marram grass here close to the boardwalk but I couldn't find any at all-not one.Apparently they do show up erratically from year to year,so I'm sure they'll be back or I could widen the search.I really hope no one has been picking them.
The marsh orchids were dying off but there were plenty of the beautiful Pyramidal orchids - Anacamptis pyramidalis among the marram grass and lots of tiny marsh helleborines - Epipactis palustris in the damp dune slacks.
I also found this gold chafer? beetle-if anyone knows what it is I'd love to know!
Lastly heres a photo of the view from the top of the boardwalk.