Royal NP – Flowers

I went for a walk in the Royal NP the other day. I was lucky to have a Monday off and found a good excuse to go to Grind and then walk a track in the Royal. The path I chose at randon was called Winifred Falls and as the name suggests basically heads across a plataeu and then down to a gorgeous creek. This post will focus on the flowers I found.

Firstly the two orchids. The spotted sun orchids Thelymitra ixioides (pictured above, 30d, 180mm, f3.5, 1/2500) and the Waxlip orchard Glossodia minor (pictured below, 30d, 180mm, f8, 1/60). The sun orchids are a wonderful flower and pop up in the harsh sandstone ecosystem right at the end of winter. To me they are a sign of the coming warmth. William Woolls once commented about the waxlips, that they “enliven the face of nature in early spring…During the latest season I noticed hundreds of these beautiful flowers born, as it were, “to blush unseen” amidst the thick scrub..” They are very short and hard to find. Living on even drier terrain than the sun orchids they are often lost in the undergrowth.

The next flower I found interesting is the Grey Spider flower Grevillia buxifolia. These flowers are yet another tell tale sign of spring and it has taken me ages to get a shot Im happy with. This shot (30d, 180mm, f5.6, 1/200) was rather lucky in that the sun glanced on the flower for only a couple of seconds. Just enough to get one frame off. Grevillias are a large genus of plants with approximately 250 varients. I like these ones in particular due to their oddity.

This place was alive with fantastic species. Everywhere you look was colour. The following post will cover other aspects of the walk.


~ by adamrose on September 27, 2010.

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