Naked Man Orchid

Picture courtesy of Ana Retamero Olmos – winner in European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2011

A truly arresting creature, the Naked man Orchid, or Orchis italica, originally blogged via Things You Wouldn’t Know if we didn’t Blog IntermittentlyI am a lover of orchids and had never come across this amazing specimen found across the Mediterranean. It brings to mind corn dollies, voodoo dolls and all other manner of magical totems used throughout our history. Another example of ‘as above , so below’.