Cold winds and the first orchids

Ophrys sphegodes (early spider-orchid)
Anacamptis morio (green-winged orchid)

While my fellow photographers blessed with warmer climes have already been snapping away happily at the new season’s flowerings for several months, here in central Abruzzo, spring this year is slow and cold in coming. I’ve had to wait for the last few days to come across the very first orchids braving the bitter winds in the rocky juniper-dotted pastures that have recently become my “hunting” ground. Not the rarest species, not the best photos, but special as those first eagerly-awaited courageous flowerings always are.

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