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Tasmanian Spider Orchids – Caladenias

Tasmanian Spider Orchids – Caladenias

Wednesday November 29, 2017

The Tasmanian Spider Orchids, or Caladenia species, were in full flower late October in the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area. Here is a selection of images, some as shot, others cropped, to show the delicate features of the flower. They were literally everywhere, and our guide Geoff was commenting it must have been the best season in years. Lucky for all of us who joined the tour :)

Caladenia carnea (pink fingers)

Caladenia carnea (pink fingers)

Caladenia carnea (pink fingers)

Caladenia carnea (pink fingers)

Caladenia transitoria (green finger-orchid)

Caladenia transitoria (green finger-orchid). Apparently a very rare sighting, as this flower only lasts 24 hours or so, hence the latin/scientific name of “transitoria”, or transitory/brief.

tasmanian spider orchid - Caladenia patersonii

Tasmanian spider orchid – Caladenia patersonii, with a red tongue (labellum)

tasmanian spider orchid - Caladenia patersonii

Another spider orchid, this time with a white labellum

tasmanian spider orchid - Caladenia patersonii

Tasmanian spider orchid – Caladenia patersonii. Close up.

tasmanian spider orchid - Caladenia patersonii

“Dance of the Spider Orchids” – I spent quite a lot of time getting this one right, as the orchids danced in the breeze in front of my lens :)

tasmanian spider orchid - Caladenia patersonii

Tasmanian spider orchid – Caladenia patersonii, close up

tasmanian spider orchid - Caladenia patersonii

Another close up look at the spider orchid – Caladenia patersonii

Spider orchid - Caladenia patersonii

Spider orchid – Caladenia patersonii

Plenty more shots to come :)

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