From left to right: Bee Orchid Orchis apifera. Greater Butterfly Orchid Planthera chlorantha. Broad Bodied Chaser.
Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuschii.
The way this page works is that the most recently added images are usually right at the bottom.
It is some time since I updated the website, indeed maybe two years!!
I have taken out a lot of material and kept the Western Australian images as I have not been able to return in 2020 and may not be able to do so in 2021 thanks to Covid-19.
Today April 10th 2021 I have uploaded a mixture of local images from the southern shore of the Moray Firth in northern Scotland.
It is now September 10th 2021 so have added a further selection taken since April.
I spent a number of weeks in Western Australia which I have visited several times over the last 15 years or so.
Although I have photographed much of the flora and fauna there it is so vast that a permanent residence would be needed to see and photograph it all!
The SWcorner of the state is one of the World's Biodiversity Hotspots but relatively few people, even in Australia, are aware of the fantastic wildlife they have! The reasons for this are several but include its geological history with undisturbed millions of years without either glacial or volcanic activity hence leaching of the soils by preciptation rendering them extremely nutrient poor. This has given rise to a highly adapted flora and hence all the fauna that is ecologically related to that base.
In presenting some of the images made during this visit I have named only a few of the subjects photographed. As there are over 10 thousand differnt species of flowering plant alone it would be impossible for a visitor to begin to remember common names,let alone botanical names. For those that wish to so do I suggest the internet is the best way forward.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic I have been unable to visit WA in 2020 and 2021 so I have left the orchids etc on the pagees above. I have added images made near home during these two years when lockdown periods made getting far from the garden curtailed photography. Some of the images on the website can also be seen on my Facebookpage as Albums. (DBM 10/9/21)