One of the things I most enjoy about my Fifteen Acres blog is the communication with people who are interested in nature and who enjoy sharing flora and fauna finds – both on my site, and on their own.  For those long term followers who must wonder where I have been, I want to write about the previous 12 months and the goals for the next 12 months.

At the peak of the 2018 orchid season I was in hospital, having back surgery.  On coming out of hospital, I could not bend to photograph wild flowers, nor comfortably use the computer to post about them. Over the last year I have been recovering and can’t wait for the spring flowers to emerge in the next few months. While I was recovering, I have been looking through photographs I have taken in previous years, and have spotted many species which are not recorded in my species lists. It seems like an excellent opportunity to revise and reorganise these species pages, and add to them.  When I post photographs taken in previous years I will record the date taken within the post.

This year, the orchid season has started and I am able to photograph from a standing position, so I hope to be able to share the flowers I find, along with more tales of kangaroos, ducks, bats and trees, among other discoveries and reflections.

I think I have a few technological solutions to help me photograph the orchids without bending – yet to be tried – but if you have any clever suggestions, I would be extremely interested in finding out more information.  In the meantime, I will post the best images I can get with my current camera and physical limitations.

The cover photo for this post is a patch of bird-orchid leaves I am eagerly watching for signs of buds or flowers. The photograph was taken on 16th September, in a mossy location on the Eastern side of the dam.