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.
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.
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.
Every now and then I come across an orchid that may not be the most beautiful, but it triggers something in me, something that once I see it, well it just won’t go away. Say hello to the common white bunny orchid, Eriochilus dilatatus subsp. multiflorus, or as I like to call it, the angry baby bird orchid.
No, not another troopy post! Well I haven’t done one in a while, and this post is long overdue. Yes I have a “thing” for troopies and this was going to be a post about converting a troopy into a camper after buying this lovely old girl you see above. Since selling my troopy poptop about a year ago I’ve had withdrawal symptoms. driving the sprinter van around is ok, but it’s a bit of a bus. Then one day while scanning online listings for troopcarriers I found the one above. One of those situations where the seller had listed almost no information and included only a couple of blurry photos.