Inspiration

Most of you know of my orchid images and love seeing them so I will add some at the end of the post as this is what this is all about.

As most of you would know from my absence that inspiration and motivation have been sadly lacking in my life since my hubby, Colin, passed away. Yes I am living, doing new things and trying to move on, but sadly inspiration and motivation have been a long way away, so what has inspired and motivated me to do this blog post?

Well a combination of two things, one a very inspirational person and two, injustice.

First let me tell you about this person who has inspired me.

He, yes it’s a good Aussie bloke, is a person who has a great love of native orchids and wildflowers in general. He has a wealth of knowledge and has found orchids that had never been photographed before as well as many new sites for some that were thought to be extinct or very close to extinction.

Now this in itself is pretty amazing, but this person doesn’t get paid for what he does, he heads out almost every day no matter what the weather and often on his own, to fight the mosquitoes, snakes and tics to survey new areas.

He could rely on what others have found, but no, he ventures out to new locations, exploring, sometimes finding very little and sometimes being greatly rewarded with a rare find.

Does this man keep the information to himself or write a book to profit from the knowledge he has gained?

No, he freely shares it with people in his Facebook Group, called “Western Australian Native Orchids.”

He has inspired a new generation of people to learn about our native orchids, to walk the bush carefully, looking where they walk, taking care when photographing so as not to disturb habitat.

He has discovered things that affect the orchids which no one previously knew.

Such as, that some of the methods of marking orchids for surveying were harming the plants and as a result, new methods have been found.

He has liaisoned with councils and raised awareness to stop habitat loss which is the greatest cause of orchids becoming endangered.

He has discovered that even using a flash can change the percentage of some flowers being pollinated.

He has shared this information freely and shown people to many sites, teaching them how to ensure we don’t harm the orchids.

Has the orchid community at large appreciated this?

Some have, but he has also been the target of much jealousy and people who want to make money doing what he does, harassing him and others in his group.

This in itself would be a great injustice, but on top of everything else his youngest son died this year, less that 3 months ago.

He has continued to be there for others as he quietly deals with his pain and grief and yet this is when some people choose to put the boots in.

What is wrong with the human race that we attack our own kind?

We see it constantly, people who give and care being attacked or vilified by others in the industry.

I would encourage each of you to think about the things you fight against and see if there is another way, can you educate people, rather than trying to control them.

Can you instill love rather than hate?

Can you be an example to others?

Terry Dunham is the man that has inspired me to write this post and I want to thank him for all the work he has done, in running the FB group, in opening up the wonderful world of native orchids to us, for giving his time and knowledge freely. For choosing to educate us, so that we too can educate our friends and the next generation, it is only as we learn to know what is around us that we will be able to preserve it.

Now I would like you to enjoy the following images.

such amazing detail

close up of the leafless orchid, aren’t the colors beautiful

Helmet Orchid

This is the tiny helmet orchid, it is about the size of a pinky fingernail and grows in moist damp areas close to the ground or in rotting tree stumps.

Tozers Bush Camp

Queen of Sheeba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hare orchid

Hare Orchid. I left the finger in to show you the size.

Blue lady a sun orchid

Orchid Season is here

Let the treasure hunt begin….

¬†For those of you who have been following my photography for a while you will know how much I enjoy going out looking for the tiny terrestrial orchids that grow in Australia.Well it’s that time again and here are a few we have found so far.
Common Bunny orchid

There are quite a few different bunny orchids, so the search was on to find as many as possible, This is just one of them, a common bunny

Hare orchid

Hare Orchid. I left the finger in to show you the size.

Leporella

Another shot of a hare, they really do look like a hare pooping up

Praecoxanthus

Leafless Orchid.
This shows you a close up and the environment they are found in.

such amazing detail

close up of the leafless orchid, aren’t the colors beautiful

Cyrtostylis huegelii

This is a midge orchid, it looks like little midges attaching the stem.

Helmet Orchid

This is the tiny helmet orchid, it is about the size of a pinky fingernail and grows in moist damp areas close to the ground or in rotting tree stumps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a few to wet your appetite, I will upload more as time permits, between searching and sleeping:))

Wildflower Country

We have had a week of travelling the wildflower way in Western Australia’s mid north and have had a ball and seen lots of beautiful flowers.

We have seen many traditional and well known wildflowers, but also some tiny and elusive orchids. I love hunting for terrestrial orchids, it feels like a great treasure hunt that is sometimes very rewarding and sometimes very disappointing.

This area of Western Australia is one of the most diverse wildflower areas in the world.

Lets go have a look…

ant orchid

Caladenia roei
Ant Orchid, Clown Orchid
Northern form

Antelope Orchid

Dancing spider orchid or antelope orchid, both names are used

Caladenia xantha Primrose orchid 1

Primrose Orchid

common spider orchid

common spider orchid

common spider orchid

common spider orchid, Caladenia vulgata

common spider orchids

Caladenia vulgata, common spider orchids

Daddy Long legs spider orchid Caladenia longicauda subsp borealis

Daddy Long legs spider orchid,
Caladenia longicauda subsp borealis

feild of spider orchids

Another field of orchids

Caladenia xantha Primrose Spider Orchid

Caladenia xantha
Primrose Spider Orchid

primrose orchid

This shows the size of a primrose orchid

spoon lipped rufous greenhood pterostylis spathulata

this shows sign of Ruffous orchid

spoonlipped Rufous Greenhead pterostylis spathulata

close up of spoonlipped Rufous Greenhead pterostylis spathulata