What is this called?
Yesterday I asked for your help in
naming the flowers I photographed on my recent trip to Dunsborough.
A trip obstensively organised in order for me to play bridge, drink and eat with others who like to play bridge, drink and eat.
We didn’t win any money but the Busselton Bridge Club put on a fine event and we had a lot of fun.
Luckily for this blog, Doug (well his fiancee) and Paul came to the party with a bunch of names and now there is just one little orphan.
Does this pic help?
Blue lady orchid
I know that I am somewhat parochial when it comes to the wonders of Western Australia.
This will come as no surprise to you.
We are carrying the nation at the moment of course and some of our natural features are extraordinary:
Purnalulu, Karajini, whale sharks to name a few.
And of course our wonderful wildflowers.
Mostly when you say wildflowers people think of the carpet of flowers that spreads across the midwest, but this time of year the southern forests are a treasure trove.
No wonder pioneer
Georgiana Molloy got so excited.
The thing with the forests is that it is not until you are walking through the bush that you really see these glorious beauties.
And of course I was walking with my macro set to on.
I discovered two orchids – a pink enamel (my son assures me) and a blue lady.
Pink enamel orchid
If you can help me with the names of some of the others I’d love you for it.
How gorgeous is this purple fringed one?!
Some kind of fringe flower
Isopogon or a Petrophile
Fringed lily (Thysanotus sp.)
What is this called?
perhaps an old Isopogon flower head
Chorizema or a Gastrolobium
Found under a bush at Dunsborough. July 4, 2009.
About 18 cm tall.
More about this orchid.
Of course my orchid hunter (Hugamuga) found it.
It was the first time we’ve seen a greenhood on this site.
Not that south west orchids smell – well not that I know of – but it occured to me today that I haven’t seen even one orchid in the wild this year.
In fact at all.
And I love these little treasures of the bush.
It makes me feel good to find them. Feel good to know that they are there.
Also most of this year I haven’t played bridge (although I have started again in the last fortnight). And I love playing bridge.
Are these the indicators that tell you your life is out of balance?
Maybe it’s the holiday season or maybe it’s Groover’s change in work. His change becoming my change?
Or at least forcing me to reassess my life.
What are the indicators in your life?