“Beauty…

…is where you find it.” 

Vogue 

by 

Madonna Louise Ciccone

Darling Range Donkey Orchid by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Darling Range Donkey Orchid, Diuris sp. ‘Darling Range’. Woottating, Western Australia.

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.

Crowded Banded Greenhood Orchid by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Crowded Banded Greenhood Orchid, Pterostylis sp. ‘crowded’. Woottating, Western Australia.

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.

Lutea by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
The unusual lutea or “yellow” form of the common donkey orchid (Diuris corymbosa). Woottating, Western Australia.

Spring Is Springing

Red Capped Robin by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Red Capped Robin, Petroica goodenovi, Avon Walk Trail, York, Western Australia. Panasonic G85 with Panasonic Leica 100-400mm f4-6.3 lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f6.3 at ISO 1000 with -2/3 stop exposure compensation.

 

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.

 

Common Donkey Orchid by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
The unusual lutea or “yellow” form of the common donkey orchid (Diuris corymbosa). Talbot Hall, Western Australia. Canon EOS 6d with Canon EF 100mm f2.8 IS L macro lens. Exposure: 1/800 sec, f8 at ISO 400.

 

Green Spider Orchid by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Green Spider Orchid, also known as the Fringed Mantis Orchid (Caladenia falcata). Talbot Hall, Western Australia. Canon EOS 6d with Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. Exposure: 1/160 sec, f5.6 at ISO 400.

 

White Spider Orchids by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
White Spider Orchids, Caladenia longicauda, Wambyn Reserve, Western Australia. Canon EOS 6D with Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. Exposure: aperture priority with off camera flash 1/50 sec, f11 at ISO 100 with -1 stop exposure compensation.

 

Winter Donkey Orchid by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Winter Donkey Orchid, Diuris brumalis, Wambyn Reserve, Western Australia. Canon EOS 6d with Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. Exposure: 1/25 sec, f8 at ISO 100.

 

Brown Honeyeater by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Brown Honeyeater, Lichmera indistincta, Avon Walk Trail, York, Western Australia. Panasonic G85 with Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400/F4.0-6.3 lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f13 at ISO 200 with -2/3 stop exposure compensation.

 

Western Whistler by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Female Western Whistler, Pachycephala occidentalis,, Avon Walk Trail, York, Western Australia. Panasonic G85 with Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400/F4.0-6.3 lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f11 at ISO 200.