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Caladenia sp. Orchid | by teejaybee
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Caladenia sp. Orchid

When I arrived at Rainbow Beach I first explored some sandy tracks opposite the start of the Cooloola Wilderness Trail. It was raining intermittently and as I emerged from some dense eucalyptus scrub with grasstree understorey I came across an entire hillside covered with all different kinds of flowers, including hundreds of beautiful purple flowers which at the time I thought were the same but upon review are actually two completely different species! The crazy thing was when I returned a couple of days later after the rain had passed there wasn't a flower to be seen! It was amazing :)

 

Northern Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park, Queensland, Australia

 

580exii softboxed high camera left

430exii behind flower aiming down and slightly towards flower, ratioed 4:1 providing backfill

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Taken on August 10, 2010