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N 46 B 622 C 13 E Feb 18, 2019 F May 3, 2019
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We spent a night at the little campground in Glinks Gully, the most southern of three little settlements along 107 km long Ripiro Beach on the west coast of Northland, New Zealand. I took a morning walk into the sandhills that back this long isolated stretch of coast. Surprisingly the gloomy morning fog later made way for a sunny day.

Tags:   Glinks Gully Kauri Coast New Zealand New Zealand Flax North Island Northland Ripiro Beach Tasman Sea West Coast beach cloud coast dune vegetation fog landscape sand cliff sand dune sea seascape

N 41 B 798 C 12 E May 19, 2017 F May 1, 2019
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Lophostemon confertus (brush box) is an evergreen tree native to Australia. Its natural range is north-east New South Wales and coastal Queensland. Aged at least 1500 years these giant brush box are thought to be relicts of an earlier period in the history of the rainforest in Lamington National Park, Queensland. Current conditions on the dark rainforest floor no longer favour their regeneration.

Tags:   Australia Gondwana Rainforests of Australia Lamington National Park Lophostemon confertus Queensland Tristania confertia ancient forest brush box forest giant tree kurayir landscape person rainforest tree world heritage Myrtaceae

N 401 B 46.6K C 20 E Jun 24, 2018 F Apr 28, 2019
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Onobrychis, the sainfoins, are Eurasian plants of the legume family (Fabaceae). The main centre of diversity extends from Central Asia to Iran. Onobrychis means "devoured by donkeys", from Ancient Greek. Sainfoin is derived from Old French sain foin ("healthy hay"). The Mountain Sainfoin's native range is from the Alps to Croatia, North & Central Appennini and the Carpathians.

Tags:   Alps France French Alps Guil Valley Mountain Sainfoin Onobrychis montana Onobrychis viciifolia subsp. montana Queyras Sainfoin montagnard alpine flower alpine plant black background flower macro pink plant wildflower

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I made up the name because I can see a smiling frog in this image, magically transformed into a beautiful flower, the bee orchid Ophrys apifera. The bee orchids use sexual deception to attract pollinators to their flowers. In sexual deception, an orchid attracts male pollinators by producing the sex pheromone of virgin female pollinators in addition to providing visual and tactile cues. These signals stimulate mating behavior in the male pollinators which unwittingly collects and spreads the orchid's pollen. Ophrys apifera occurs across central and southern Europe, as well as North Africa and the Middle East.

Tags:   Ariège France GR78 Occitanie Ophrys Ophrys apifera Orchidaceae Orchis apifera Voie du Piémont bee orchid black background flower macro mimicry orchid plant wildflower

N 44 B 637 C 6 E May 23, 2018 F Apr 26, 2019
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The Elder-flowered Orchid (Dactylorhiza sambucina) is quite common and widespread throughout much of Europe from Portugal east to Finland and Ukraine. It is absent from the British Isles, the Low Countries, the Dinaric Alps and less frequent on the north side of the Alps. The flowers appear in spring and summer, in various colors from yellow to purple. I saw this yellow form in Southwest France walking along the Pyrenean foothills.

Tags:   Aude Dactylorhiza Dactylorhiza sambucina Elder-flowered Orchid France Orchidaceae Sentier Cathare flower macro marsh orchid orchid plant spotted orchid wildflower yellow yellow form


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