It’s exciting to see the new season orchids beginning to bud.  Here are some that I’ve found this week.

helmet-orchid-bud-with-moss

Now that I know what I’m looking for, I see Helmet Orchid leaves and buds all around the walking track. Still nothing in flower, but I keep checking!

orchid-leaf-and-bud-on-forest-floor

I’m not completely sure of this one, but I think it may be a Midge Orchid. If anyone can confirm or correct me, I’d appreciate it.

purple-gnat-orchid-bud-on-green-leaf

The Gnat Orchids are not growing everywhere, but we have a couple of patches where they are plentiful. The purple buds are beginning to lift on new stems.

gnat-orchid-bud-on-green-leaf

This bud is a little more advanced – it won’t be long before they are flowering!

mayfly-orchid-bud-on-heart-shaped-leaf

The Mayfly Orchid flowers are spectacular, and I have improved my photographic techniques a great deal since they last flowered. I hope to get some good shots of these in the coming weeks.