As you drive from Perth to York you pass an insignificant little lay-by. It’s nothing to look at at first glance. A busted up table and bench, a litter bin and a pile of gravel. Consequently it doesn’t get used much. But if you take a look in the scrubby bush at the right time of year you’ll find it home to some rather uncommon orchids. This is not an isolated occurrence there are quite a few orchid hot spots in the Cape to Cape region on the fringes of rubbish dumps.
Currently we are living in the COVID 19 crisis which has restricted people’s movements and so many of us have been confined to the area in which we live. Normally people have an under appreciation of the environs in which they live. There is always that feeling somewhere else is better. Here in Western Australia many would rather go to Bali than holiday in their own state. Now thanks to COVID 19 the option of travelling interstate or overseas is just not available for the foreseeable future. One of my big hopes is that we’ll come out of this situation with a greater appreciation of what’s on our own doorstep.
Tomorrow here in Western Australia is the first day of spring. I don’t think Mother Nature got the memo as the bush around York sprung into life a couple of weeks ago. Flowers are bursting into bloom and the birds are in a frenzy of nest building and dancing around trying to attract mates. This means that I have also sprung into action trying to document as much of thais activity as possible. The cameras are working over time.
According to those that know it has been an amazing spring here in the Avon Valley. We’ve had rainfall that hasn’t been seen for decades and we’ve had a flush of wildflowers that hasn’t been equalled for fifty years. It has been frustrating as I’ve only managed to get out and photograph the orchids three times, but when I did get out it was beyond superlatives. Here are the highlights.
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