Show wildflowers, only wildflowers in the wild

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Maybe they like the burnt out sky?
Or, that tree in the background?
Anyway, it was a very nice find!
A moth orchid eh! That’s a new one.
Spider, bird, potato, onion, sun, helmet... got anymore?
When I look at the iPhone shot, it makes a better photo for ID. I've just learned that this orchid is listed as endangered, so I feel especially fortunate that it grows on my nature strip!

Anyway, here's another orchid, my first bearded orchid for the season, shot with my EDC camera, Fujifilm X30, at the tele end:
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Bearded! So weird.
Just about all ours are listed as “locally threatened”.
I had a bunch that were just about to open they’re flowers, and a windy spell blew a manuka over quite close to them, and the neighbor went and chainsawed it up for firewood, and then dragged it right through whole bunch! Locally threatened....
 
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Bearded! So weird.
Just about all ours are listed as “locally threatened”.
I had a bunch that were just about to open they’re flowers, and a windy spell blew a manuka over quite close to them, and the neighbor went and chainsawed it up for firewood, and then dragged it right through whole bunch! Locally threatened....
Most folks have no idea, they're so small compared with garden flowers that people overlook them. Here, I suspect we won't get much show this season as we're having a lot of overcast weather 😧
 

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Burst of yellow on a dreary day @ Port Stanley Ont
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a few from 3 years ago
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Tasmanian Waratah
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Trigger Plant
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A couple from today

Large Duck-orchid (Caleana major)

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For comparison, here's a quick shot taken tonight of the golden moth orchids (60mm macro). If I'm honest, I think I prefer the iPhone shot, must be the focal length!
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And up closer:
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Very lovely series - relly enjoyed. Went to WA on 2010 and partly timed trip for wildflowers but was about two weeks too early. We found a few, and I was very anxious about snakes! So not totally relaxing, especially after my sister almost stepped on something, some sort of lizard, and screeched! After that I was nearly done :)
 
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Very lovely series - relly enjoyed. Went to WA on 2010 and partly timed trip for wildflowers but was about two weeks too early. We found a few, and I was very anxious about snakes! So not totally relaxing, especially after my sister almost stepped on something, some sort of lizard, and screeched! After that I was nearly done :)
Thank you very much! I can relate, as last year I booked three weeks leave at the usual wildflower time here and they didn't really get started until later - it's very vexing when that happens.

I saw a live snake, two roadkill snakes, three sleepy lizards and a turtle on the roads today, things have really woken up! Here's an almost-wildflower photo:
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Wild blue iris. Very invasive, classed unwanted problem plant here.
Bees all over it in the mornings though. I chop it up and use it as a mulch in my orchard. So good for some things.
 

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adapted Mir 1B lens with a reversed front element
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Finally the sun is forecast to be out for longer than half a day at a time! Today I returned to a patch of remnant bushland that looked promising, and was rewarded with a few bearded orchids and many salmon sun orchids.
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Here is that bearded orchid shot from the front:
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Here's a practically perfect example of a Caladenia carnea, pink fingers orchid.
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Some of the orchids from the weekend...


#1 Purple Donkey Orchid (Diuris punctata)
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#2 Plain-lip Spider-orchid (Caladenia clavigera)
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#3 Copper Beard-orchid (Calochilus campestris)
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#4 Tiny Finger-orchid (Caladenia pusilla)
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#5 Bronze Caladenia (Caladenia iridescens)
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#6 Pink Fingers (Caladenia carnea)
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#7 Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus robertsonii)
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Another salmon sun-orchid - reminding me, oddly, of jonquils:
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