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melanieylang

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This is not an image, although worth a read regarding Orchid hunting Downunder

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10...ng-in-populairty-but-tread-lightly/100496800?
There was much discussion about this on the group I've joined, and it's certainly something which has been on my mind. Where I visit, few feet ever tread, but hearing about sites being degraded is quite worrying and I'm mindful that even my careful feet might not be very welcome.

Incidentally, I find it amazing how often these flowers are right alongside tracks and roads, blooming away merrily, and most people would have no idea as they're practically invisible!
 

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Alan our Waratah is so different to the mainland version.
Then theres the hybrids created for nurseries.
There's also white ones

I have a few recent photos of white ones. If I get a chance I'll process them and share one.

The Waratahs are also popular with the birds.

Red Wattlebird
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There was much discussion about this on the group I've joined, and it's certainly something which has been on my mind. Where I visit, few feet ever tread, but hearing about sites being degraded is quite worrying and I'm mindful that even my careful feet might not be very welcome.

Incidentally, I find it amazing how often these flowers are right alongside tracks and roads, blooming away merrily, and most people would have no idea as they're practically invisible!

Yes, we've had issues in the past in our local area, particularly with the Duck Orchids. Sure many get eaten by wombats etc., but they generally only eat the flower and not dig them up. About 2 years ago it was also reported a number of Ghost Fungi in our area were also being destroyed. Last year I didn't hear of any more deliberate vandalism.

Image of Duck Orchid (Caleana major) for those not familiar with them.
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Image of Ghost Fungi (Omphalotus nidiformis) for reference to comments above
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There was much discussion about this on the group I've joined, and it's certainly something which has been on my mind. Where I visit, few feet ever tread, but hearing about sites being degraded is quite worrying and I'm mindful that even my careful feet might not be very welcome.

Incidentally, I find it amazing how often these flowers are right alongside tracks and roads, blooming away merrily, and most people would have no idea as they're practically invisible!
Agree on where they thrive
This one was growing in the verge. I just stepped out of the car and could have easily trampled them
Pheladenia deformis - Blue Fairy Orchid - Tasmania
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And these just grow wild, right upto the edge of the bitumen
Trigger Plant - Stylidium graminifolium
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Yes, we've had issues in the past in our local area, particularly with the Duck Orchids. Sure many get eaten by wombats etc., but they generally only eat the flower and not dig them up. About 2 years ago it was also reported a number of Ghost Fungi in our area were also being destroyed. Last year I didn't hear of any more deliberate vandalism.

Image of Duck Orchid (Caleana major) for those not familiar with them.
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Image of Ghost Fungi (Omphalotus nidiformis) for reference to comments above
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Awesome wildflower photos.

That Red Wattlebird is a classic.
They are such fascinating birds. We don't have that one but similar.
Love having them about.
 

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The first couple are from a few weeks ago. Just for reference to an earlier post.

The last lot are from this morning, out in the rain before work :)

#1 Waratah
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#2 Waratah
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#3 Purple Donkey Orchid (Diuris punctata)
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#4 Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus robertsonii)
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#5 Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus robertsonii)
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#4 is a candidate for

Faces in things (pareidolia)​

The first couple are from a few weeks ago. Just for reference to an earlier post.

The last lot are from this morning, out in the rain before work :)

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#4 Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus robertsonii)
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Agree on where they thrive
This one was growing in the verge. I just stepped out of the car and could have easily trampled them
Pheladenia deformis - Blue Fairy Orchid - Tasmania
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And these just grow wild, right upto the edge of the bitumen
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I remember being impressed by the size and abundance of the triggerplants at Strahan cemetery. Ours are pale and feeble in comparison.
 
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It's not often I take photos of our little natives with anything other than my macro, but I had my P14-140mm II on the camera when I met this tiger/hornet orchid, diuris sulphurea.

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Some of these flowers look like conventional garden blooms, but they were along a tree lined track, so have posted them here.

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Here come my favourite local sun-orchids, the spotted ones, thelymitra ixioides.
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These sun-orchids run a bit later than the other native orchids in our area, and I'm always foaming at the mouth, waiting for them to open! As they are taller than other local species, and so deeply coloured, they really show up well in the landscape.

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Smaller and less showy than the blue spotted sun-orchids, the salmon sun-orchid is my favourite colour of the thelymitras. Thelymitra rubra.

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Previously I have lamented that I preferred the render of the PanaLeica 45mm macro, but the Olympus 60mm macro has really grown on me - I think due to the affect of the length on the background. Here's a lovely purple beard-orchid, calochilus robertsonii.

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Though I pretty much have only eyes for the orchids, there are still plenty of other lovely natives, including this papery-petalled Blue tinsel-lily, Calectasia intermedia. It's very shiny, and I find it hard to make a nice photo of.

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