So I’m back! I’ve enjoyed having a break from blogging while my non-orchid life has been busy and full of pleasant surprises. Anyway it has been lovely to see that people are still looking at this blog, but I do feel a bit guilty for having not posted recently. I’ve heard from others that they know someone who reads this, and I find that really nice to know that I make others happy by sharing orchids. Please say “hi” and let me know where you are. I would love to hear from you all.
So for today’s post, I’m just going to re-share a few of my favourite pictures from this year. I did not get out as often as I would have liked, but I always looked forward to hunting for orchids.
First off we have Eriochilus cucullatus. A friend told me about a lovely patch of Eriochilus cucullatus and gave me the coordinates to find the colony. There were well over a hundred plants scattered across quite a distance. I really like this pictures with the pollen sitting on the labellum. I still don’t know how the pollen arrived there.
In June, my digital camera tricked me into believing that it had stopped working which worked out very conveniently because I was able to upgrade to a digital SLR camera with multiple lenses. It’s been great fun to learn to use it properly.
The picture above was lots of fun to take. The orchids are in a pot, and I set up the camera on the tripod, and zoomed in from a long way away. The picture was actually taken indoors with the window to the front garden as the backdrop. There was just enough afternoon sun to capture the golden colours. This image has not been edited.
I was really excited to see the Arachnorchis rigida this year, after not having seen it for awhile. I love the crispness of the flowers. At this point I had not learnt how to colour correct the camera so there is too much blue, but I think it kind of worked for this picture.
Eventually I learnt how to colour correct. The bush does have a beautiful golden colour which I feel has been captured in the above picture. I did not realized that these two spider orchids had different coloured stems until I was looking through my pictures later. I took this picture when I was planning to photograph a field of cockatoo orchids. That day we were expecting a storm, and thankfully I was able to take my pictures before the wind had picked up and while the sun was still out! Below are the cockatoo orchids.
While the field was still spectacular, many of the flowers had already finished. Maybe next year, I can catch them earlier.
Everyone’s favourite, the large duck orchid.
This year finished by seeing both the duck orchids. These are always a favourite and every year I seem to forget that they are smaller than I think! The whole flower of the small duck orchid would be less than 1.5cm high. I particularly like how these two small duck orchids turned out.
Below is a gallery of other pictures that I enjoyed taking.
A tired flower
The labellum of the Bunochilus viriosous (also known as Pterostylis viriosous) can be triggered. Photographed in Hardy Scrub