30 Days Wild – Day 13

Day 13 of 30 Days Wild is pretty grim and overcast here in the midlands, but don’t let that put you off getting out and about! The rain awakens so many scents from the earth and vegetation that you get a heightened awareness of the land.

A few raindrops also make for interesting photographs of wildflowers, looking at how the drops settle or hang upon the flowers. I took a photo of these ox-eye daisies in the garden on the way out this morning

Ox-eye daisy

Last week, I sat in the car waiting for a heavy rainshower to pass, then went out to a Warwickshire Wildlife Trust site as it started to ease off, to see my first bee orchid of the year, as well as the stunning greater butterfly orchid which was also fully in flower. With an umbrella to keep the rain off the camera, I think the droplets on the flowers and the surrounding vegetation give a luscious almost tropical feel to the scene.

Bee orchid flowers after a heavy rainshower
Butterfly orchid flowers after a heavy rainshower

Getting out and about in unusual conditions when you might otherwise choose to stay inside, is a surefire way to make the mundane seem a little more exceptional and #30dayswild is a great excuse to do this!