Today I was finally able to go out looking for native flowers again. I’ve had a busy few days, and when I was ready to take a break, it was raining.
Over the three days, many more Waxlip Orchids have opened. I found these distributed throughout the bushland, with some patches and some solitary plants. Close to a patch of Waxlip Orchids, I discovered a few Pink Fingers (Caladenia carnea). I wish I had bought my ruler with me, for these were quite small orchids. My guess is that they would have been about 1 cm across the flower, on a stem approximately 10 cm in length. In one patch the Pink Fingers were quite a pale pink, almost white in places. In other spots, the pink was more of a clear mid-pink.
Whatever the colour, these dainty flowers look like tiny ballet dancers with spreading skirts – a lovely surprise on a grey day.