This post has been a week in the making so I hope you like it. But it is only one photo you say! What’s so hard about that?
Well this is a photo of a Blue Sun Orchid, so named because these little lovelies only show their faces on a nice day when the sun shines brightly on them. Yes, it has been sunny all week, that is not why the photo took so long. I’m confessing to the fact that it has taken a week between me noticing they were ready to flower in the backyard and me getting coordinated enough to be out in the backyard with my camera when they are open. It was just as well that I took the photos when I did as the weather changed the next day and they will probably go back into hiding for a while.
When the sun is not on them they are tightly closed and pretending to be just another piece of grass, if slightly lumpier. Not a very exciting photo for you!
Some years they are bright blue with tiny dark spots although this year they all seem to have gone for the pale blue look. In the past we have also had salmon pink ones as well. Unfortunately I have not seen any of them for a few seasons, hopefully they are just on holiday.
There are over a dozen of these shy little guys in one open section of the Hill and, as the Man has been forbidden from mowing up there for a while, the grasses have grown up around them so they are doing a pretty good job of hiding. I actually thought there was only one or two and was worried that something had happened to kill them off. When I went up there to check them out I was amazed, and very happy, to see so many. There are other single ones scattered under the trees but they get so little sun I am unlikely to ever be organized enough to get a picture of them. 😉