My Actifit Report Card: July 18 2021
Wake to a blue sky day and mild. Sunday in lockdown and the sun is up. My wife went off for her walk. She gets going before me. I decided to walk a track on the chance of finding a summer orchid a friend posted about. I went off on the bike
The bush here is open dry scherophyl forest with a lot of banksia and grevillea. A few banksia still flowering
It feels like spring - I never tire of seeing these little flowers - the textures are amazing
Guinea flowers emerging
A little cluster of yellow
Waited for the mosquito to land
Not sure photo shows it well but all the flowers face the sun.
Orchid growing up in the bough of a tree. Will be coming back every few weeks to find the flowers - there is a rock to get level for close photos
View across the valley to the Wahroonga side
Pink wax flower - 5 petals vs 4 of the boronia
A tough photo subject
Winter walk always features mushrooms
Unobstructed view across the valley
Mimosa season is coming along
With a burst of yellow
A pea flower for my friend, Georgina, facing tough times. I was going to do out and back and did not find the sun orchid. As I tracked back, I decided to cut across to the powerline trail which opens out a bit more - less banksia thicket.
As soon as I came out of the bush I saw the flash of blue. Bonza. My target for the day.
Dotted sun orchid - thelymitra ixioides - flowering maybe 6 weeks early. The winter has been mild and the powerline area has been trimmed (before this plant was 6 inches high) and lets in more light
This picture took some work. The flower is 4 mm across and in the sun. First photos just bled out. The shadow of photographer did the trick.
Was good to be on the bike with pavements full of walkers - literally hundreds. My knowledge of tracks pays off too as I know what might be quiet. Hope lockdown ends and the bush empties again.
Wife set up an afternoon firepit session. Nice way to enjoy a mild evening.
Dinner: Italian meatballs in a tomato sauce all done from scratch
Stayed up late to watch some of The Open hoping for a South African win. I saw the iron shot from Louis Oosthuizen on 7th hole. I could feel the wheels fall off on a risk he did not need to take. I went to bed. My feelings were right. What I did enjoy was seeing a crowd without masks.