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Yellow star, Hypoxidaceae species.
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This one is a surprising favourite of mine, Coarse twine-rush, Apodasmia brownii, female flowers.
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As usual, I only saw these diminutive dwarf greenhood orchids because I had knelt down to photograph a larger small wildflower!
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Telopea speciosissima (aka, the Warratah).
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Every year I keep a close eye on the nature strip outside our place for these golden moths orchids, Diuris protena, - I get so excited to see them, as they're not particularly common, and in fact classed as endangered in Victoria. How lucky am I, to have these growing so close by!
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Portrait of a golden moths orchid (taken at sundown, whoopsie about my ISO).
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Melanie I'm enjoying your wild flowers. They are lovely. Orchids are such delightful treasures of the landscape and you are fortunate to have access to all.

This last one is really nice IMO. You mention high ISO and it shows a bit noisy. I grabbed it and ran it through Topaz Denoise and it came out so clean and detailed.
I'm always wary of saying things and respect the need to be sensitive or even refrain, so please tell me to find a quiet corner if comments are inappropriate or similar.

Don't you have Waratah in Vic? I know that is the NSW one above. We have ours which I'm looking forward to.
 
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Melanie I'm enjoying your wild flowers. They are lovely. Orchids are such delightful treasures of the landscape and you are fortunate to have access to all.

This last one is really nice IMO. You mention high ISO and it shows a bit noisy. I grabbed it and ran it through Topaz Denoise and it came out so clean and detailed.
I'm always wary of saying things and respect the need to be sensitive or even refrain, so please tell me to find a quiet corner if comments are inappropriate or similar.

Don't you have Waratah in Vic? I know that is the NSW one above. We have ours which I'm looking forward to.
Thanks for your comments, you're welcome to give me pointers and suggestions :) As I edit almost entirely on my phone, I stick mostly with Snapseed app for this - I've never learned Photoshop or Lightroom, so trail a bit behind the field, but am generally pretty happy with the photos I share here. Denoise does sound very useful, although I often I add grain, as I often prefer less 'clinical' results.

There are no waratahs out west, sadly. But we have lots of other glorious things to be pleased about! ;)

Here's one now, the commonly seen dusky fingers, Caladenia carnea:
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A selection of my recent finds and some of what are currently in flower at local reserves. I can't wait for restrictions to be lifted so we can venture outside our current 5km limit from home.

#1 Orange-tip Fingers (Caladenia aurantiaca)
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#2 Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus robertsonii)
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#3 Pink Fingers (Caladenia carnea)
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#4 Hare Orchid (Leptoceras menziesii)
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#5 Brown-clubbed Spider Orchid (Caladenia parva)
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#6 Red-beaks (Pyrorchis nigricans)
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#7 Donkey Orchid (Diuris orientis)
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#8 Wax-lip Orchid (Caladenia major)
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#9 White Fingers (Caladenia catenata)
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#10 Common Bird Orchid (Chiloglottis valida)
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A selection of my recent finds and some of what are currently in flower at local reserves. I can't wait for restrictions to be lifted so we can venture outside our current 5km limit from home.

#1 Orange-tip Fingers (Caladenia aurantiaca)
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#2 Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus robertsonii)
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#3 Pink Fingers (Caladenia carnea)
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#4 Hare Orchid (Leptoceras menziesii)
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#5 Brown-clubbed Spider Orchid (Caladenia parva)
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#6 Red-beaks (Pyrorchis nigricans)
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#7 Donkey Orchid (Diuris orientis)
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#8 Wax-lip Orchid (Caladenia major)
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#9 White Fingers (Caladenia catenata)
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#10 Common Bird Orchid (Chiloglottis valida)
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Really beautiful series. No 1 isn't something I've seen. Very pretty and to me unusual colouring.
You've certainly got a collection of various types.
If you had access how much more variance would you encounter.
These really are first rate. Well done.
 

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Really beautiful series. No 1 isn't something I've seen. Very pretty and to me unusual colouring.
You've certainly got a collection of various types.
If you had access how much more variance would you encounter.
These really are first rate. Well done.
Thank you.

It’s hard to say regarding the number of orchid varieties if I could travel further than the current 5km distance, but it would be dozens.

The forecast for this Saturday should see quite a number of sun orchids open, this will add some nice colour to the local reserves. I have the new body configured, battery charged, and will put it through its paces over the weekend.
 

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An outstanding set Richard.
Beautifully photographed and a nice little tease for us, working out why they're so named; fortunately most are really appropriate :thumbup:
 

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An outstanding set Richard.
Beautifully photographed and a nice little tease for us, working out why they're so named; fortunately most are really appropriate :thumbup:

Thank you

A couple of the ones I've shown are not so common colours.

For instance, #7 Donkey Orchid. This is what they usually look like
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Wax-lips #8. These are usually purple, and come in a wide variety of shades of purple and sizes. You can also occasionally find a double flower on the one stem, as can be seen at the front of the first image below.

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A selection of my recent finds and some of what are currently in flower at local reserves. I can't wait for restrictions to be lifted so we can venture outside our current 5km limit from home.

#1 Orange-tip Fingers (Caladenia aurantiaca)
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#2 Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus robertsonii)
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#3 Pink Fingers (Caladenia carnea)
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#4 Hare Orchid (Leptoceras menziesii)
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#5 Brown-clubbed Spider Orchid (Caladenia parva)
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#6 Red-beaks (Pyrorchis nigricans)
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#7 Donkey Orchid (Diuris orientis)
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#8 Wax-lip Orchid (Caladenia major)
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#9 White Fingers (Caladenia catenata)
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#10 Common Bird Orchid (Chiloglottis valida)
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That's an outstanding selection in just 5km radius! I'm glad you elaborated about the colourings, as I hadn't seen a donkey orchid so un-marked, not many white wax lips. Like you, I'm looking forward to the appearance of the sun orchids. Thanks for sharing, here's hoping you can move around more freely soon :)
 

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That's an outstanding selection in just 5km radius! I'm glad you elaborated about the colourings, as I hadn't seen a donkey orchid so un-marked, not many white wax lips. Like you, I'm looking forward to the appearance of the sun orchids. Thanks for sharing, here's hoping you can move around more freely soon :)
Thank you. I have photographed a few more varieties than what I've posted, but I didn't want to overload the thread with too many photos. There are plenty of orchids in bud, including sun orchids and beards. I've missed quite a number in flower due to the current restrictions, but there is always next season. The ducks should be plentiful this season, there are a heap in bud and should be open over the coming weeks.

Here is one from last season for those who are not sure what we're taking about.

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