Yesterday morning, I took the opportunity to go orchid hunting, as it will be raining for the next few days. Fortunately while I was out there, the weather was rather forgiving, but there was a very light shower. The birds seemed to be enjoying themselves, but were too fast for me to capture.
I really love it how these Linguella nana’s (syn. Pterostylis nana) are having a conversation. They were the first flowers I found of this species, after having seen plenty of leaves and buds.
I always find it interesting the height difference of Urochilus sanguineus (syn Pterostylis sanguinea). I am fascinated by the height difference that can be found at one site, though the actual flower size is the same. These look amazing with the sun coming through the flowers, but this time the sun was hiding.
I also saw the Bunochilus viriosus (syn P. viriosa), which is often found growing along side the Urochilus sanguineus.
I’m still getting used to the new camera, but it is nice when the orchids decide to grow in a clump. I always enjoy taking group pictures of orchids. The picture above is of some Diplodium robustum also known as the Large Shell Orchid. When identifying this species I get confused as it is not always clear with species is which. So this next picture I’ll just leave as Diplodium sp., though it could be a D. robustum.
Below is a picture of a spider orchid leaf, most likely Arachnorchis tentaculata. I love the texture from the water droplets caught on the hairs of the leaves.
I have a new camera, or rather my family has a new camera. It is a Sony Alpha 58, and it came with four different lenses. So I’m really looking forward to going out into the bush and shooting with it. However today it was raining…
… so that meant today would not have been a good day to look for orchids. Any way, I’ve been having fun walking through our garden at home, and taking pictures so that I can get a feel as to how this camera works and behaves. I’ve been enjoying manual focus, which was not practical on compact digital cameras.
The above picture of Grevillea superb and below I shot using the macro lens, while for the rain shot I actually used a telescopic lens.
Since this is OrchidNotes, I should probably be talking about orchids. Here is a short video that my brother, Joseph, made. He filmed before we bought the new camera. Hope you enjoy it.
Because I was not busy this week, I was really looking forward to looking for orchids today. It has been some time since I’ve been able to look for orchids, so it seemed a good opportunity. However it has been raining, which is wonderful for all the plants and orchids, I just didn’t get to look for them this week.
In my recent post, Nice and Early, I showed a picture of an Eriochilus cucullatus with some pollen on it labellum. It is not very often that pollen is found on flowers, so this was a slightly unusual shot from that perspective. In this case, it appears that the pollen was transferred to this plant, but was not placed on the right spot for pollination.
Some of the self-pollinating sun orchids, such as the one below from the Thelymitra pauciflora complex, will have a fine white powder over the flower which is its pollen.
Here is a video showing how the pollen behaves when being transferred by a bee from plant to plant.