This is a Scented Sun Orchid. We found many in the woods today.
Going through all my photos and came across this one… From a trip we had last year down south in Margaret River.
This is Mike’s photo! I just love the colours and the cool calming effect it gives.
Horrors of all horror. We saw this wasp find this massive (4 inch) spider in the bark of a tree. It paralysed it, waited for it to fall down and then drug it by it’s face across many feet to it’s den (hopefully!). I was horrified that a spider that big was just in the crack of the tree we were sitting next to. One minute he was on top of his game, and the next….being drug to a horrible fate.
This morning we got up really early, and drove into the Perth hills for a bit of a wander. Mike suggested we try looking at the place we went to a few weeks ago to see if there were anymore orchids. There were so many out today! They were small dainty, large and vibrant. Some were as tall as my waist…
Oddly they pop up in clusters at random, and then are sparse for miles. They really are extraordinary.
Mike hands down took the best shot today, I really enjoyed watching him take images and helping search out some new flowers for him to take photos of. It was so nice to see him getting excited and interested about the flowers too.
On the drive back we both exclaimed we weren’t ready to head to the city when we noticed a conservation sign. It was for black cockatoo particularly. We swiftly stopped in, and signed up for the next tour. We found out quickly that this place only opens at random several times a year and we were lucky to have gotten in! The birds…were beautiful. They breed and release them in large numbers in the surrounding region. It was a relief to see Carnaby, Red Tailed black cockatoo and white tails all being well looked after.
Unfortunately, but fortunately for us we were able to experience a few of the tame birds up close…they would fly down on us at random and perch on our shoulders awaiting an almond treat. We were advised to take our earrings out, and take our rings off…as they can be very cheeky and will crush your jewellery rather easily.
Seeing the colours and their eyes up close was quite thrilling.
Such a good time.
Note – Today I started archiving some photos…and my computer said it needed to update my image library of 130k images. I gasped in horror when I saw the figure. In 2.5 years I’ve amassed a ridiculous number of photos. Redonculous!