Mushroom Day to Farewell 2023: December 31 2022


Weather turned out better than forecast - good news as we have an outside table booked for New Year fireworks at the local pub. And I can get in a ride and walk to walk the remaining slice of Seven Mile Beach NP

Saw this orchid on my first ride last week and missed it each time since

Rode to Beach Rd car park and walked the track to Gerroa picnic area

Did find hyacinth orchids close to Beach Road end

Dipodium variegatum

Two plants in frame - 4 or 5 plants in one cluster and a few more further along


Love seeing how the buds at the top unfold in the twist. The bush changes not long after with a change of tree type, a bit more rainforest like, heaps of leaf litter in the undergrowth and not much growing

Have to photograph the little flowers - not many of them. This one for my sister on her 45th wedding anniversary

Context photo shows not a lot growing in the leaf litter

Native violet- not often see orchids where these prosper

Turned into a mushroom day consistent with the rainforest feel

Seven Mile Beach looking back to the mountain

Looking north to Gerroa

Golden mushrooms

The wooden look

The curled up black look - stop for that and see other stuff

Leaf is the native violet and the fly was happy to pose

This St Andrews Cross spider went back to the centre of its web for the photo

Grassy seed time again and an attendant golden orb weaver spider - little one

Saw this pink tag on the edge of the track- someone has found something interesting - pink it is

Well off the track were 3 blotched hyacinth orchids - same as the one I saw on the roadside at the start of the ride

Photo work was tough as flowers are drooping - dipodium punctatum

First time seeing them this side of the park - thanks to pink ribbon folk

Good ride out with some orchids on a disappointing walk. I now know where to turn around from Beach Road side

Spent a bit of the afternoon working on email deliverability for a new domain - a bit technical at below gutter level - yuk.

Headed down to Heads Hotel just before 7pm - by bicycle. Normal for me but a new thing for my wife as we will ride back in darkness. It was hopping - bar queues were long.

Dinner was good - always good to have a night off cooking

Turned into a fab evening and we had seats in pole position for the fireworks - photo to mouth of river

Looking west - portrait view got greater colours

Darkness came - could see 5 planets in a clearing sky

A few big fireworks popped up above the trees

Popped the 2nd bottle of open wine in pannier bag and headed home. My wife chose a different road back - no street lights and not checked on the way out. She paid for that - hit a big pothole. Luckily it did not derail her.

The completed ride got me local legend status. Just means I ride and the others drive.

We repaired to friends across the way for Champagne and to watch Sydney fireworks = a long, long day

One last bit of data for the week. I use my phone very little - mostly on iPad or computer . What it shows is most of the week's time is spent editing photos in the Gallery and then writing up these posts on Actifit and then sharing on Facebook - plus communicating with a few friends

Last thought - Happy New Year

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, thank you so much for sharing the report and beautiful photos of orchids, have a good day


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