Burren orchids

One of the most interesting things about the Burren is the the fact that the landscape is so hospitable to orchids—many, many orchids. In August, they were plentiful if you knew where to look. Mainly the pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyrimidalis), which tended to snuggle up to limestone rocks in coastal meadows. I think the rocks provide a radiant heat source and protection from the constant winds. Anyway, they are a beast to draw! Here’s my initial attempt. They don’t normally grow in clusters, rather, I’d see solitary orchids every 10-20 feet, waving in the breeze. But each one is truly different and that’s what I want to portray. We’ll see how this one plays out.

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