For once, a work site visit to Altcar Rifle Range coincided with the blooming of the stunning colony of Green Winged Orchids there today.
Absolutely incredible plants - you could see the purple haze (sorry Jimi) of about 1,000 flower spikes a good 400m away as we walked to the site on the ranges.
FIrst time I've ever managed to see 'em - other visits have always been too late in the summer.
I was surprised by the variety in colour, from a lustrous purple to bright white as they shook in the stiff easterly breeze and light rain.
Just a shame they don't occur elsewhere on the coast, but like all orchids, they are picky about the soil or sand they grow in.
Although pollinated by bees, there was none of that going on today in the cool conditions.
An early flowering orchid, many are going over already, but there were plenty to enjoy all the same during our brief visit.
What right-minded bee could resist that?
As ever, thanks to all the range staff for their hospitality and assistance.
Kinda quiet birdwise today, but Swifts still moving and good numbers of Wheatears on the Green Beach later in the afternoon.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...