Happy Christmas and a very good New Year.
For those of you who know me for my water lobbying, or my other endeavours (or hobbies), or just for drinking coffee at Cafe Pirouette, or for wearing a Blue Hat around Robertson, I also spend a lot of time trying to photograph Orchids.
This is why.
This is my Christmas image for the year 2010 - a Copper Beard Orchid - so named for obvious reasons. (Calochilus campestris)
Click on image to see it in its full glory
|Calochilus campestris - the Copper Beard Orchid|
Photo: DJ Wilson
The flower is about an inch and a half long (roughly 40 mm).
But it grows on quite a tall stem (waist height), with about 6 - 8 flowers on a good plant.
The "false eyes" are scent glands
which serve to attract insect pollinators to the flower.
This plant is part of the marvels of Nature in Robertson.
|Calochilus campestris - side on - DJ Wilson|
One of those things which is there for everyone to see,
but so few people take the time to actually look.
Best wishes to you for the Season and the New Year.
Peace to all.