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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.