Our Bushland Diary

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wildflower photos from our Photography Safari

I was so busy talking with the large group of people that turned up for our Wildflower Photography Safari (12th September) that I didn't take many photos.  But here are some of the photos I did take...

Devil's Pins (Hovea pungens) has purple flowers and stiff leaves with sharp points.  It is in the pea family (Fabaceae), and like other peas, produces succulent pods.  Unfortunately the pods aren't edible!

Acacia sessilis is a low-growing wattle with little yellow pom-pom flowers.  As you can see, it has very similar foliage to Hovea pungens; short spiny leaves.

This is the kind of scenery we were surrounded by during our walk.  It's called "open woodland"; small trees that are not too close together, with lots of little shrubs and other interesting plants growing underneath.  It's very easy country to walk through.  The tree in the middle of the photo is Pricklybark (Eucalyptus todtiana), one of my favourite local trees because of its multiple sculptural trunks.  The yellow-flowering shrubs around it are Prickly Moses (Acacia pulchella), another small wattle with pom-poms.

Some sharp-eyed bushwalker found this beautiful spider orchid (Caladenia species).  I haven't decided which species it is yet.  

There are at least eight species of Caladenia around Ellenbrook, with many subspecies.  The most common is the yellow Cowslip (Caladenia flava), of which we saw many during our walk.  The Catspaw (Anigozanthos humilis) were starting to come into flower, too.

We all enjoyed our walk, since the weather was cool and there were few ticks.  We're hoping to do this again soon!

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