Bee's Bottom

17th June 2014
Very late posting this evening but we have just arrived back from a long day out in the Burren, Co Clare. The purpose of our trip was to visit the Caher Bridge Garden, Fanore and then to go and try and find and photograph the Bee Orchid.
The Bee Orchid has a fond place in the McCarthy family memories. I first saw a Bee Orchid over 30 years ago, the following year I got married and we moved to live in Scotland . Children followed and before long there were four of them. Every year we would come for a family holiday back to Ireland and would usually spend a week in fan ore Co Clare. Every year the whole family would go on several Bee Orchid hunts! Of course our holiday was in July every year so we were actually a couple of weeks late for Bee Orchids . The children had never seen a Bee Orchid and so they would spread out across the fields looking for a" Bee's Bottom" as this was the only way I could describe a Bee Orchid to them, A pink flower with a Bee's bottom sticking out. every year I promised a Mars Bar to the child who would find the Bee's Bottom, in all the years I never had to pay out!!

If they had been with me today I would have lost a whole bag of Mars Bars !! We had been told that if we visited a certain field there were so many that if we threw a stone in the field we would surely hit one! It still took us ten minutes to find one, they are so small. But of course once you find one then suddenly you see another and then another!

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