Swamp Spider Orchid, Caladenia paludosa

This is an orchid that is found in winter wet areas and this one we found in the Busselton area around Ruabon Rd.

It was a rainy day so we had to dodge showers but it enabled us to get them with raindrops and water on them.

swamp spider orchid
view from above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When photographing any flower you should try to get as many angles as possible especially if you will be using the photos to identify the plant.

 

Caladenia Paludosa
Swamp spider orchid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Often the only differentiating features on an orchid will be the height of the fringe or the clubs on its petals so be sure to include these.

Caladenia paludosa
Full plant including leaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes it is the leaf that helps in the identification and it also helps us find them as the leaves come out first and then the flower, So it always pays to know what leaf you are looking for.

Caladenia paludosa
Side view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Often getting the whole flower in focus is hard, so if we shoot side on we get the most of the depth of field.

Orchids are often very small so please watch where you put your feet when you are walking in the bush and make sure you have pest repellent, water, a hat and wear sunscreen.

Happy hunting.

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