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Freckles, yes! I LOVE your description. The Victorian native orchid group on Facebook has been giving me an education, and today I learned (sort of) about axillary lobes, which thelymitra ixioides have. I haven't done botany since primary school!

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Thanks Melanie
That's a useful chart
The LS, lateral sepals, then are what are fascinating in the way some bend down, others upwards. Those very slim ones add to the beauty of them, like ballerinas in a way, flexing and graceful.
 

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Giant thistles.

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I didn't see as many salmon sun-orchids, thelymitra rubra, this spring as usual, and now they seem pretty much done for the season.

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I took my mum out into the scrub to look for orchids, and was rewarded with a nice clump of speckled sun-orchids, thelymitra ixioides. You can see just how "insignificant" they look from afar, as she takes a photo of them with her phone. Getting in close, I noticed a tiny spider in the top flowers.
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This one I only see in a few isolated locations - it's tinsel lily, calectasia intermedia. The irridescent petals are papery to the touch.

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This one I only see in a few isolated locations - it's tinsel lily, calectasia intermedia. The irridescent petals are papery to the touch.

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all lovely again Melanie
Certainly showy flowers.
those salmon sun-orchids are very pretty. Lovely colour

Your mum looks supple. I used to take my Dad out with me and he loved it.
Hope your trips are as rewarding
 

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This is the flowering spike of one of NZ’s native orchids.
Pic taken as it got dark in the evening. I lit this with my new led ring light.
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"Blue pincushions", Brunonia australis, in a mass flowering after a wet spring in southern Australia.

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Those delicious beards of the purple beard-orchid, calolchilus robertsonii!

Peak orchid season is over now, and I haven't seen much of interest in the past week or two. I've actually been a bit "off" lately, my mental health has taken a dive, and my passion for photography (which also usually includes a delight in GAS) has really waned. I'm getting some help, and know this will pass. The pandemic has been hard on everyone, so I know I'm not alone in feeling weary and depressed.

I hope you're staying afloat, and that these blooms lift your spirits too. There are lots more for me to process and post here, that I've taken over the past month.

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Those delicious beards of the purple beard-orchid, calolchilus robertsonii!

Peak orchid season is over now, and I haven't seen much of interest in the past week or two. I've actually been a bit "off" lately, my mental health has taken a dive, and my passion for photography (which also usually includes a delight in GAS) has really waned. I'm getting some help, and know this will pass. The pandemic has been hard on everyone, so I know I'm not alone in feeling weary and depressed.

I hope you're staying afloat, and that these blooms lift your spirits too. There are lots more for me to process and post here, that I've taken over the past month.

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Thanks for more of the beauties of the bush Melanie. They're lovely, particularly the first.
That'd make a lovely illustration for a book.

The bush is full of lovely and delightful surprises. Sometimes when least expecting.
You've certainly found some.

Been a tough year in difficult times.
Trust you can still find time and inspiration for some photography and writing.
All the best.
 

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Couple from last night with my magic ring light…
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Erodium Gutattum. Wild.
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A beautiful salmon sun-orchid, thelymitra rubra.

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Another selection of spotted sun-orchids, thelymitra ixioides (probably).

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One of the smallest of the pink fingers orchids variants I've seen, caladenia ornata.

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Sun-orchid in its natural environment, and with my hand for scale.

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A triggerplant, probably Grass triggerplant (Stylidium graminifolium).

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I think this is one of my favourite shots of the year, when I found a little native bee grooming itself inside a native bluebell, Wahlenbergia stricta.

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