I have taken to doing close up (macro) pics of the hundreds of flowers I see. I didn't realize how much I love looking at the different flowers WA has on offer. I'm always looking out for new flowers to photograph :)
The macro setting on my camera has been fun. A macro pic of a flower shows the flower differently & in most cases they look more gorgeous :)
I'm also amazed what the flower hides amongst its petals etc. Insects that can barely be seen with the naked eye showing up in the pic. There are flowers that are less than the size of a small fingernail & some pin head size looking bigger in the macro setting on the camera.
Some flower plants are just a few cms high out of the sandy soil.
We stayed at Western Flora van park the w/e of the footy grand finals. Rod could watch his footy on telly & I had a ball going on wildflower & bird searches amongst the dozens of hectares of regenerated property owned by some group like 'land care for wildlife'.
The property is just north of Eneabba - pronounced N - e - abba - about 100 kms inland from the coast & Geraldton & is surrounded by conservation / national parks etc, so it doesn't look out of place.
I'm all for these many national / conservation areas we passed through as there are hundreds of thousands of square kms of farming crops with little to no trees or other vegetation south & south east of about Kalbarri area.
Some areas of conservation was like driving through a flower garden - I couldn't get enough of it.
You will notice that a lot of the flowers have yellow stamens / centres. This is because insects are attracted to yellow & the plants have evolved over time to produce yellow centres for cross pollination. Flowers for bird attraction are usually red in colour.
Grass trees are a common plant in all areas south of Kalbarri - they regenerate really well after bush fires.
As you can see there are many thousands of opportunities on each shrub for pollination by other insects.
Getting closer to Hyden & Wave Rock ( few hundred kms SE of Perth) we passed many dry & some wet salt lakes & ponds. There's a problem with salinity in the soil that has been under agriculture crops for over 100yrs. Many of the lakes have little vegetation ... apart from the occasional pig face succulent plant that likes that type of environment. At least it looks pretty.
Wave Rock is a granite outcrop of rock that takes on the appearance of a wave. Many plants love the granite rock type soil which is rich in nutrients. There were many outcrops of plants / shrubs on top of the large rock in concave areas that collects water to keep the plants alive.
The 400 km drive towards Perth from Hyden was along another wildflower trail. The road sides were again very pretty. There was a couple of large salt lakes, hundreds of kms of fields of wheat crops etc, interspersed with many nature reserves (thank goodness) like this 1.
I would usually find other flowers though. I found many stems of the Granite Sun Orchid growing in 1 particular area, so I shouldn't complain.
In the same area as the above Sun Orchid, I found the following few unknown flowers
We drove to yet another granite rock outcrop not far from Narrogin with the promise of finding more orchids. I didn't find any orchids, but I thought that this looked rather unusual. I'm not sure if the plant is alive, or it's a skeleton of a dead plant. Which ever it is, I think it looks amazing.
Thank goodness for the many nature reserves, conservation parks & national parks.
The driving in WA hasn't been dull. There's been so much beauty along the roads, that's it's a wonder Rod hasn't taken to saying ...ENOUGH. He did say 1 day that there weren't any wildflowers south of Perth ....hahahaha
We visited Perth's Kings Park & Botanical Garden & I took many pics there as well.
I've been told there are many more flowers to be seen in the SW of WA.
It's my guess there may be another installment of wildflowers :)
If you know a flower name or I've labeled a flower wrongly, please let me know :))