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. At this time all the images shown replace those previously on this page.
I have been travelling for a while and now thought I ought to put up a few images to finish the year. Some are old some not so old. I apologise for the lack of originality but I'm not quite back in to a new life without my wife.
Meanwhile thank you for looking at my site and I apologise that it has been somewhat unchaging in 2018. I hope 2019 will be a better year.
In February I lived with a friend in Murcia Province. Lovely light, landscapes and wildlife to photograph. The highlight however was the parade in Aguilas. Plenty feathers but all in the gorgeous costumes of the beautiful people.
Below I have provided a little text as background to the Western Australian images.
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 need 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.