Rain Forest Offers Leek Orchid Surprise : August 11 2022
Turned into a grey day contrary to the forecast of sun. Got busy doing stuff in the morning. Raked the back lawns for the gardening action
We have a friend staying for the night - got dinner stuff moving for 8 hours in sous vide - photos later
Decided to drive to walk to search for leek orchids. A friend had posted in the week they were about. Theme for the day starts with a bit of pink and new beginnings
New beginning is a combo of an old orchid spike and the new season growth - leaf and spike - bearded orchid
Side of the trail has been chopped back - new beginnings from a tree stump
Pink spider grevillea
Decided not to check the rainforest slice first and head onto the long track as I had seen leek orchids there last year. No luck but lots to savour - like this flower hanging in from last summer
By now you will have seen tons of these photos in pink - first time I have seen a white one.
Walked to the end for view across Cowan Creek. We live on the north side of that body of water and my favourite track runs along the shore - currently closed
Tracking back saw lots of these spiky plants with tiny white flowers
More pink and new openings for Sydney boronia
Disappointed to not find sun orchids or leek orchids seen last year - did duck back into rain forest into known spots for tall greenhoods
Front on - walked through the bush hoping to find nodding greenhoods. They are finished. Decided to track back to small path to head out. Saw this directly opposite where I got onto the path
Sorry for lack of focus but this is a leek orchid budding. Have to come back in a week - then I looked right and right there
Standing tall with several flowers open is the leek orchid I came to find
Prasophyllum brevilabre - the best part is I was not told where to look. I had an idea which track to walk but have never seen them in the rain forest segment
Side on view of the frills.
The walk story is 8,000 steps walked and no orchids and find 2 types just 400 steps from car park. And it did not rain.
Back to the morning story - lots of king parrots came by - two in one frame - male and female
Dinner plan is for beef sirloin roast in sous vide.
Steps. Season with salt and pepper. Sear the beef in butter and garlic and rosemary
3 minutes fat side down
2 minutes on the other side - sets the flavours going
Vacuum seal with some dried herbs - choose your favourites
Sous vide for 8 to 10 hours at 140F for medium - 130F for medium rare
Finish off in the skillet and rest before serving. Reduce the jus that comes from the bag with a little port.
Served with roast potatoes and sweet potstoes and boiled beans and brussels sprouts
Our guest was happy.