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Old Sep 21, 2009, 10:54 AM   #1
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Should be Spring in Western Australia, but seems like winter. Lots of rain which is needed. Wildflowers are out. Apart from first photo, photos taken at Rica Erikson reserve near Calingiri north of Perth, with K20D and manual lenses (Pentax SMC 55mm F1.8 and Helios 58mm F2).
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Blue China Orchid:

Spider Orchids:

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Old Sep 21, 2009, 11:21 AM   #2
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Very beautiful, Rod!
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Old Sep 21, 2009, 11:22 AM   #3
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I really like the soft texture that you have captured in the images of the Orchids--especially in #1. Just enough sharpness for some detail and plenty of bokey to convey texture.
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great shots, those little orchids have more character than the big ones.

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Beautiful Orchids and a fine job of shooting them!

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Beautiful. How nice to have so many available right there. I love orchids.

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Old Sep 21, 2009, 9:16 PM   #7
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that first china blue orchid is magnificent
the second one is slightly different, i wonder if it is a subspecies

i find spider orchids hard to take, they are so 3 dimensional and not a lot too them
i was up there on the weekend , Sunday afternoon, there were quite a few other there too taking photos
i think you will find the spider orchid is a "common spider orchid" ( i called into the Bindoon wildflower show on the way home )
I am tossing up if i should take the EH up next Saturday arvo if it isnt raining (Still)

oh and if you go up (north) Great northern highway, just before the turn off to Rica Erikson reserve is Udumung reserve (on the west side of the highway) well worth a stop
they had at least 2 types of donkey orchids that i saw
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Kings park has a lot of pink fairy orchids out too
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Those are some very beautiful, very exotic flowers! Very well done.
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Lovely shots, thanks for sharing, makes me remember the wild flowers I saw covering all the hills when I was over there.

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Thanks for the comments everyone. Patty we have numerous orchids. Our best tally on a 2 day walk near Balingup was 21 different types. Many were different spider orchids.
Yes Gumnut it's the Common Spider Orchid. I think there are a lot of sub species of the Blue China Orchids. The two photos above are from different areas. Another photo I have shows a quite different looking Blue China Orchid from R E reserve.
I should be posting many more interesting photos but I'm struggling a bit with PS Elements 6. Too many crashes and am trying Lightroom 2 but that's another topic!
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