Do you love taking photos?


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Truck in the dust at sunset

Do you wish you could take better photos or were motivated to take more?

I have good news for you and it’s not going to cost you a cent!!!

Yep totally free.

I am going to be posting tips, tricks, walkthroughs and more to help you when taking the image and when processing it.

If you are subscribed to my newsletter you will receive a link to any articles I have put up during the week. If you want to have your finger on the pulse, bookmark the site and check each day.

Depending on my health as to how often I post.

Now we get to the best part. It’s orchid season. For those of us in Australia anyway. I like in an area in the south west of Western Australia and we have some of the best wildflowers at this time of the year, including many orchids.

I am going to start off with a teaser…..

Thelymitra variegata

This is the rare and endangered Thelymitra variegata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the rare and endangered, “Queen of Sheba” or Thelymitra variegata

It grows in Banksia woodlands in the scrub areas around the coastal areas of South West Australia.

For most of the orchids I will give you a general idea of where to look for them unless they are endangered, as is this one. I will tell you though, that each year, they have tours in the Stirling Rangers where they will take you to see them. They have finished for this year, but we are planning on heading down there next year.

We will do a bit of travelling and sometimes I will get information from other people. I want to add here a very important note. Many people are not sharing locations anymore as people are digging up the plants. The plants need certain fungi and certain trees around them to grow and they need there specific pollinators to  be pollinated and reproduce, so digging them up is a waste of time, it is also illegal as is picking of all wildflowers in Australia and carries with it a hefty fine.

Take you camera or your phone and take pictures but leave the plants for others to enjoy.A lot of these orchids are very tiny, ranging from the size of a match head to the size of a small daisy, so when going through any bush watch where you put your feet.

Another important thing we have learn’t through our own journey, I have been hunting and photographing orchids for the last 6 years, is that whatever grows in the bush also grows by the paths or tracks. Often you will find them on the path and if you go into the bush looking for them you won’t find any more, so most often look along the road verges, follow tracks or paths and you will find them. Even the Queen we found 3 foot off the path and easily spotted from the path. (After I had spent 3 different days looking through the bush, thinking it wouldn’t be near a path!) So learn from our experiences.

The other reason to stay on the path or road is there is less chance of getting ticks. Ticks love the Western Australian bush and if you go bush bashing I can guarantee you will get a few. They are not nice and carry some nasty diseases, so look after yourself and the environment at the same time.

I will end this post here as I want to pin this to the front so any new people to the site can read it, but I will add another post giving you an idea of what is out now and where to look.

Queen of Sheeba


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If you are an orchid lover like me you will know how that name gets the heart beating and the pulse racing. The Queen of Sheeba is one very rare and very beautiful lady.

I could add it here, but where’s the fun in that…

we were traveling and asking all we passed if they had seen any orchids, after two days at one camp someone let us know they had found the Queen..

Excitement plus as we raced to get instructions, pack up camp and head out, she never hangs around very long.

Later that day after arriving at our destination and not finding her we cast the net a bit wider and started a serious search and the shout went up…..we had found her!!!

Okay enough? Here she is….

Northern Queen of Sheeba

Terrestail orchid western Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was it worth the wait! It was for us. We took lots of photos, side on, top view, leaf, back view and more. This is the photo tip, when you get presented with once in a life time opportunities take as many images as you can, if you have a chance, walk away, have a look at the images, check you have what you want, if not go and take some more, even if you have, check all your settings and then take some more. You can always delete some you may never get the chance to take it again.

Northern Queen of Sheeba leaf

curly leaf

back of northern Queen of Sheeba

back of orchid

Northern Queen of Sheeba

Terrestial orchid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed meeting this lady as much as I did. By next week I will have many more wildflowers to share with you as we are now back in Perth and I have some time and some internet!!!