Picture Profile: 1410 Bee Orchids

Picture Profile

1410 Bee Orchids (Ophrys apifera)

Botanical Illustration. Bee Orchids (Ophrys apiferaArtist Code 1410. Completed November 2014. Original DONATED. Water colour. Unframed size 9” x 12”. Handmade wood frame, tortoiseshell finish 12” x 14”. 

Donated to a fund raising event for CAM Sight.

My Blog: “Re-draw—Bee Orchid project for Paxton Pits”

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, for whom I produce greetings cards of my artwork with their logo on which are sold in the Visitor Centre, asked me to provide a set of four coasters: otters, kingfisher, Nightingales and Bee Orchids. I already had artwork for the first three but had to do a quick painting of bee orchids to make up the four.

In 2014 there were many bee orchids growing at my home golf course, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, and so I had plenty of live resource material (plucked with permission). A beautiful little flower.


A delicate orchid of the bee
Is self-perpetuating, so you see
The busy bee which tries to settle
On velvet sheath and light pink petal
Is wasting time by landing there
Because this plant does not play fair

Boxed sets of 4 Acrylic Coasters made especially for The Friends of Paxton Pits to sell in the visitor shop.