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Native Irish Wild flowers, Early Marsh Orchid , Ballykeefe, county Kilkenny

Early Marsh Orchid
Dactylorhiza incarnata
Magairlín mór
Family: Orchidaceae
Ballykeeffe, Kilkenny
Nigel Borrington

Flowering May-July. Tuberous perennial. Native.

Flowers usually white, pink or purple. (Ssp. coccinea has reddish flowers.)
Narrow, cylindrical flower-spike, lower bracts longer than flowers. Sides of lip strongly reflexed, weakly 3-lobed, 2 U-shaped loops enclosing dotted patches. Leaves erect, keeled, usually unspotted. (Ssp. cruenta, leaves spotted both sides) Hollow stem. Very variable, links to subspecies below. Identifications by Ian Denholm

Damp calcareous soils, meadows, fens, marshes, dune-slacks. Also slightly acidic bogs, damp heaths. Declining due to habitat loss.


Nature without words (Bumble bees)- Solo images (Ballykeefe nature reserve, county Kilkenny)

A bumble bee collecting nectar
Ballykeefe nature reserve
County Kilkenny
Nigel Borrington


An evening walk – Ballykeefe, Kilkenny

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An Evening Walk In ballykeefe Woods

I finished working on some archiving photography about 4:30pm today, so took Molly for a Walk In Ballykeefe woods. What a great day for sunny autumn weather.

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An evening walk with Molly, ballykeefe KIlkenny

Kilkenny photographer, Nigel Borrington


Hoverfly feeding

Syrphus ribesli (Hover fly)

Syrphus ribesli

Nikon D90, 105mm macro lens

Hover fly – feeding on nectar.

Taken hand held using a very shallow depth of field from the Nikon 105mm f2.8 lens, so that I could focus in on the fly s head as it fed.

Kilkenny wildlife, Ballykeefe woods