Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Early-flowering Orchids of Macquarie Pass and Albion Park

This morning I took my Orchid colleague, Bruce Smith down the hill, to Macquarie Pass, and on to Croom Reserve, at Albion Park, to see some of the local Orchids.
Pterostylis hildae

Pterostylis hildae

Pterostylis hildae
A lovely dark specimen of the Maroonhood, Pterostylis pedunculata
Pterostylis pedunculata

Pterostylis pedunculata

Pterostylis pedunculata

Bruce photographing a nice specimen of Pt. curta.

Pterostylis curta,
showing its famous twisted labellum

Pterostylis curta,
showing its famous twisted labellum
and in this case the "pollinia" are visible

Pterostylis curta,
this species has much fatter "bum"
than Pterostylis hildae
 Just a few of these small-flowered Black-tipped Greenhoods were in flower.
Hymenochilus bicolor

A nice grouping of Hymenochilus bicolor

4 comments:

catmint said...

Hi denis, I love the sunset below, what a view you get from your deck. And how wonderful to know exactly where to go to find such lovely delicate orchids. I 'm trying to imagine you flat on your tummy taking photos like these?!! cheers, catmint

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Catmint
Imagine away, Madam. It is all real.
How else can one look a small Orchid in hte eye like that?
No mirrors in use.
.
The problem is getting vertical again, after taking the photos. Especially when in dense leaf-litter and weeds, where one cannot slide one's feet forward easily, to get a balancing position, from which to rise to a standing position.
Fortunately no Leeches today.
Cheers
Denis
Glad you liked the sunset too.

J Gray said...

Fabulous Orchids... they would be so easy to miss!

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Judi.
Yes, they certainly are. But I visit these areas regularly enough, to know what to look for, and where.
Practice makes perfect - they say.
It is always satisfying to find them, though.
An extra pair of eyes, in this case, Bruce, helps too.
Cheers
Denis