Spring Orchids

I like to photograph flowers – and orchids are obviously quite attractive. Finally, with some hints from Michal Vytlačil, I made a first trip aimed to get some orchid photos. The target was the Baba natural reserve near Brno, Czech Republic. Luckily, it was not that hard to find some decent flowers and the timing was almost perfect. The weather was also quite ok with no wind so shooting from tripod was possible.

Spring forest in bloom
Spring forest with bright green colors and spring flowers


Bird's Nest Orchid
Bird’s-nest orchid (Neottia nidus-avis)

Bird's Nest Orchid
Bird’s-nest orchid (Neottia nidus-avis)

Elder-flowered Orchid
Elder-flowered Orchid (Dactylorhiza sambucina)

Elder-flowered Orchid
Elder-flowered Orchid (Dactylorhiza sambucina)

Spring forest with path
Typical Orchid-bearing forest

Flowers and flying bugs

The original plan was to make some Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) photos. But chasing hairy bugs was a bit more fun, some results are bellow. It took a while to get couple good pictures.

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Hairy bug refuelling at the Grape Hyacinth

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Another one from the side, not sure what it is. But they are slow and that is good!

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Flowering Primula farinosa

Spring in the forest

Finally, the spring arrived also to the wilderness of the Moravian Karst. Snowdrops are everywhere and first Hepaticas are also coming out. The next two weeks will be full of flowering Hepaticas, Anemones, Pullmonarias and some less common forest plants. This is my favourite part of the year when the forest floor is fully covered by flowers for a short period.

flowering hepatica nobilis

Typical flowering Hepatica nobilis coming out of the old leaves.

flowering snowdrops in the forest
Group of common Snowdrops (Galanthus) are the first flowers of the early spring in the karst.

entrance to the cave

View from the Sveduv stul cave into the forest, this cave used to be home of the early humans.