Sheldon Forest – Turramurra

Today like many of my recent posts is to show some of the native orchids that are local to my area. There are other pictures of some of these species on the blog at a similar time last year. The first being the Hooded orchid, Cryptostylis erecta. This is a fairly common species within the reason, yet rarely noticed due to its suttle shapes and colours. This species has a remarkable method of copulation using a special scent to attract male wasps. (30d, 180mm, 1/125th, f8, iso 800, reflected light).

The next two species I found today are members of the Dipodium genus and go by the common name of Hyacinth orchids. They are easy to spot being a gorgeous pink colour and about 50cm high. Arguements abound about whether there are many more varients than are named. As I recently posted a picture of Dipodium punctatum I will only post a picture of the Dipodium variegatum. This varient is charactorised by its green stem and and paler flowers with darker spots. (30d, 180mm, f8, 1/250th, iso 400, reflected light).

Edit. Photo removed and replaced by a shot taken on 23rd Dec (30d, 180, f7.1, 1/200, iso 1600).

Tomorrow I am going on a dive trip down to Shell Harbour in search of sea spiders and then listening to a talk by Claudia Arango and expert on them. Very excited.

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~ by adamrose on November 27, 2009.

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