Sunday, October 3, 2010

Belair NP - Orchids

Today, Maryann and I headed up into the Adelaide Hills to Belair National Park, to look for native orchids. Last year I missed them, so I put a reminder on my phone!! I had been given a tip for one spot that was supposed to be reasonable, and we saw our first orchid within a few metres of the road. It was a Donkey Orchid. These can be quite variable in colour, and we saw ones ranging from quite dark brown through to almost yellow. Nearby were some Cowslip Orchids, and all around there were Sundews. As I looked, I also picked out a Sun Orchid, and another that I have not yet identified. All around was this wonderful salmon pink Cape Tulip, and this white lily like flower that I now know are introduced weeds. A shame, because they are both lovely. We saw a few more unidentified flowers - and I decided that I must get a flower book to add to my library!! Taking a break from flowers, we walked up "koala street" and saw two within the first 100 metres. I also spotted this lovely overgrown tree stump.

7 comments:

  1. Smashing set of images Tony, the Orchids are so delicate and subtle and you have to catch them at just the right moment. Love the Koala in the tree shot.

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  2. Beautiful flowers, Tony! Love the cute Koala too.

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  3. Awsome images, bring back memories even the smell. (Thats a good thing!) Thanks.

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  4. Your unknown is a lemon orchid - Thelymitra antennifera. Here's a link that describes it more:

    Lemon Orchid Link

    ---Prem
    The Florida Native Orchid Blog

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  5. Thanks everyone, (especially Prem for the Orchid ID), glad you enjoyed the pics.

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  6. What a lovely and interesting day you had.

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  7. Lovely shots! Thanks for sharing your part of the planet with the rest of us.

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