The warm June breeze gently stirs the long grass, and shivers softly through the leaves of the apple tree behind me. Peace rests lightly across the lush garden, and a male Blackbird flutes his signature melody into the clear air. He is perched above where I’m sitting, sharing space together as I wait for the light, and he waits for a reply. A shaft of warm evening sun is slowly swinging towards my subject, which at first glance appears to be a large and exotic looking bumblebee, painted burgandy and gold, with pale wings stretched out either side, balanced on a bright green stem. It’s not an insect though, it’s an orchid. Named for its flowers remarkable resemblance to a bee – the Bee Orchid.

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