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wildflower trip

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

Angry baby birds or bunnies

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.

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Summer plant pictures

About time I made a post of flowers and plant photos, there’s been a lot of vehicle and work posts lately. The middle of summer isn’t a great time for photos of plants and flowers, things are dry and most plants are not exactly at their peak, so this has a bit of a summery dry feel to most of it. Continue Reading

Playing with light and water

This is a post filled with pictures just messing around with some Drossera plants. It started as a wet day, but then I added to things by using a squirty bottle to add extra water to the plants and the results were really interesting. Little upside down images of sky, the red dirt road and bush in each water droplet.

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Sun orchids

There aren’t many orchids around the Ravensthorpe/Esperance area though there are a lot of Sun orchids. I spent 2 days in Helm’s arboretum and saw many thousands of blue sun orchids, now according to the orchid book there are only 9 different species of blue sun orchids in W.A.  and perhaps only 2 species which could possibly be where I was, but the variety I found in both colour and form across the arboretum was stunning.

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A break from orchids

As the orchids have petered out traveling further east I’ve started looking at other plants and flowers. This image above may look like a boring little everlasting type flower but it’s when you look closer at numerous individual flowers and think about them, study them, that it starts to get interesting. This flower is like a little multi rocket launcher, rocket tubes opening up from the centre and the individual flowers begin to unfurl twisting their way up out of their launch tubes.

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Send in the clowns

Starting to get towards the end of my orchid adventures for 2021. As I’ve moved further east the orchids have been thinning out and they are getting harder to find in these lower rainfall areas. I still have quite a few photos from the last week or two to post though here I’m going to concentrate on clowns, Caladenia roei. Continue Reading

Orchids and others

The orchid hunting continues as I travel east along the southern region of the state though heading into the area around Fitzgerald River national park, it’s hard not to photograph the stunning array of other plants.

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The Lazy Spider

The lazy spider orchid or Caladenia multiclavia, perhaps my favourite of all the orchids I’ve seen so far. I’m not sure why they call it lazy, I guess because of it’s reclined pose. I found lots of these in the area from Jerramungup through to Ravensthorpe, almost anywhere that there was some tree cover especially sheoaks was worth a look.

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Dragons with attitude

I’d never really understood why these were called Dragon orchids until I took a photo of the orchids from above. As someone pointed out to me they do look a bit like dragonflies with their wings spread, but then take a look at those cute little dragon faces. Continue Reading