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As time goes on and this blog fills with posts things get lost, they get buried in the past under the weight of all the new posts, new pictures, new projects, new travels and experiences. Here’s a random series of photographs from different posts over the last 7 or 8 years. See something interesting? Click on it, who knows what you’ll find. Continue Reading

Early orchids for 2024

Another orchid season in the south west of Western Australia starts to get underway for 2024 and two of the early orchids are the banded greenhood (Pterostylis vittata) and the winter spider orchid (Caladenia drummondii). Continue Reading

Nature and bits

Say g’day to Barry! Barry was just hanging around on this smooth lipped spider orchid (Caladenia integra) looking cool. I figured perhaps he was stuck, maybe on a spiders web. Continue Reading

orchid season 2023

Starting with a slightly biblical feel as Easter is almost upon us. Not that it means anything to me apart from the fact that I get paid a lot more to work and there are a lot more tourists in town. This selection of orchids are all from last season, 2023. Continue Reading

Ducks or aliens

 

These flying duck orchids are freaky things, they can look almost like aliens with their odd shapes. Insects seem to love them, check out the aphid on the stem of this one. You know how small aphids are? Now have a look for the tiny aphid nymph in the ‘crutch’ of the flower just a little higher up. Continue Reading

Dragons in the morning mist

Dragon orchids, Caladenia barbarossa, a widespread orchid around the south west of the state though they can be tricky to see because they’re not exactly huge nor very colourful. However, they are quite beautiful in the early morning smothered with dew drops amongst spring wildflower. Continue Reading

queen of sheba

The Queen of Sheba orchid, one of the most highly prized finds for those who have a penchant for orchid hunting, and for good reason with their striking colours and scarcity. These flowers above are all Thelymitra speciosa, the eastern queen of sheba variety.

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Sigmoid orchids

The sigmoid orchid, Caladenia sigmoidia is a tiny little orchid growing in what looks like very dry barren land under scattered salmon gums or amongst mallee scrub.  I spent many hours looking for these little guys out near Lake King unsuccessfully at first, until I realized just how tiny they are. Continue Reading

More Orchids

Orchid season has been rather busy and I’ve been trying to capture as much as I can, traveling all over the south west of Western Australia as the season progresses.

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Orchid season 2022 begins

The 2022 orchid season kicks off with the first ones to emerge here in W.A. The leafless orchid, the white bunnies and hare orchids. Although slipper orchids have been around for months during the warmer weather, you can see this is the beginnings of orchids for the year, there are flowers of a few and there are new leaves emerging. Continue Reading

A new camera

After many years I decided it was time for a camera update. So I caught the bus up to Perth and scored myself a brand new Nixon Z5 camera and a 105mm macro lens to suit. This is quite a step up from my old Nikon D5500 in a couple of ways, firstly it has a full frame sensor, which means that it takes clearer pictures in lower light, which is one of the main reasons I sprung the extra money to take this step up, better quality pictures. Depending on my operation of course. Continue Reading