This delicate Hebridean Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii subspecies hebridensis). As it has a longer central tooth petal I reckon it is not the Heath Spotted Orchid which is very similar.
It was growing on the isolated coastline on the island of Scalpay, now accessible across a bridge from the main island of Harris but still extremely remote. Totally dependent on the ecological balance of the isles.
It was chosen as the County flower of the Western Isles following a poll by Plantlife in 2002 and is often seen on the open machair (sandy grassland) of the Outer Hebrides
Location: Outend, Scalpay, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm. Macro programme. Captured in RAW, post-pro conversion, crop and adjustments in Adobe CC with NikColorEfex.
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