Yes this is a strange looking thing, exactly the same orchid as the previous posts first picture, a crab lipped spider orchid but with a genetic defect called hyperchromic or lutea, where the genes for colour are turned off and the only things showing are whites, greens and yellow. Essentially what we might call an albino. I’d found some magnificent spider orchids that had the same genetic condition, very impressive specimens and I kept going back to them over and over.
I never got tired of look at these and photographing them, and normally I never use photos on here that are portrait, I always aim for landscape, but hey, sometimes..
These are what they look like normally, still a lovely orchid.
I’ve now spent over two weeks in the Stirling Range National Park traipsing through the bush, or should I say carefully stepping through the bush, in fact sometimes you’re down to about 10 or 12 steps a minute because the orchids are so thick and you need to be careful of stepping on things.
The one and only flowering Queen I saw in the Stirlings, good find Tamara. I love their leaves.