BOLSOVER CASTLE (1)

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This archway lies inside the grounds of Bolsover Castle, an impressive early 17th century castle built over the site of an earlier mediaeval fortress. The castle dominates the skyline as you approach the small town of Bolsover, and would undoubtedly have been more impressive during its heyday when it was owned by the Cavendish family.

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COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID

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This is the third orchid in the series of those I photographed at Scarborough Castle. It is a marsh orchid, the Common Spotted Orchid, Dactylorhiza Fuchsii,   though not nearly common enough in my opinion! Elegant spires of flowers rise up from the ground, and each flower looks as though it has been delicately painted by a very steady hand.

PYRAMIDAL ORCHID (2)

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Another gorgeous Pyramid Orchid, this time the more ‘common’ (if I dare use that word in the context of these relatively rare wild flowers) purple variety. Again, it was growing in the wild flower meadow of Scarborough Castle, and I can only be grateful to the custodians of this ancient monument (English Heritage) for leaving this patch of land uncut to encourage the wild flowers to flourish.

PYRAMIDAL ORCHID

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A white Pyramid Orchid, slightly past its best but nevertheless a beautiful sight. This specimen was found in amongst the long meadow grass inside the walls of Scarborough Castle in North Yorkshire along with purple orchids, scabious and a host of other wild flowers.