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Queen Of Sheba by AdamsWife Queen Of Sheba by AdamsWife
Thelymitra variegata

We think this is the most beautiful and colourful orchid found in Western Australia.

This photo was taken by my husband
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Tech-Attack Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
You've been Featured Here. Hope u enjoy, fave the article and perhaps leave a comment. dont forget to fave the article, that way it gets more exposure.. ;)
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H3-six Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting this, these are spectacular orchids.
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
You are welcome. She is one of our favourite orchids. :-)
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K-lenx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
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Dies of its beauty... Never imagined a purple-brown orchid before. This is amazing!
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
We went to the place where it grows last week and there should have been some signs of leaves and stems, but there was nothing at all to be seen. :-(
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Kimantha333 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006
Wow I love the beautiful coloration on this plant, and the shot itself... I'm such a sucker for purple....you're husband is very good with a camera... it's a shame he doesn't like computers(Granted I don't either, I only have this one because my future husband is a computer programer and gave this to me) I think he should start his own gallery, once people knew about him all the different orchid lovers would flock to his page :)
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006
This is one of our favourite orchids and it grows in very few places.

If my husband was to have a gallery then I would have to look after it and I don't have enough time to give mine my full attention. :-(
Jim hates being in the house and he can't think of anything worse than sitting at a computer. He would much rather be in his veggie patch or walking around the local bush.
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Kimantha333 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
Its a really pretty flower, why does it have that name though?
Hee hee hee I know how you feel.... I always want to devote more time to my art... but it always gets interupted.... generally speaking sitting at a computer is better... that way I don't have to sweat more than necessary in the sun... I love my garden but I can't be in it all day... I have to weed in the cooler hours because I just overheat too much....I love walking around in the woods but I never do it often enough... granted woods are cooler and a little less parchd than I would consider the brush to be, but they both have some very interesting animals... and woods have ferns... which I love but cannot keep alive more than a month :(
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
I have to admit that I have no idea how this orchid got it's common name and I can't get a clue from any of our orchid books or the internet.
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Kimantha333 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
Hmm thats weird... you can and should be able to find a bunch on them.... ah well, it was a curious question thats all...I did happen to see a article on a girl that went and made a name for herself in the brazillian forest studying certain orchids and how they show the heathiness of the forest around them... apparently they're the canary in the mine so to speak, as soon as the decline the forest begins to suffer as well... she has found several species that weren't even documented yet...
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
We still get the occasional orchid that has never been seen before and Jim is always hoping he will find one. At the moment he has one in our shade house that may be one of these. It was dug up when he did an orchid rescue on land that has been sub-divided for housing.
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Kimantha333 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
Thats neat... too bad he has to rescue them though... the world should be a different place... I hate when new developments go up... so much stuff is lost that can never be recovered again....
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
That happens a lot here. I'm amazed at how few people care about out bushland.
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fotofaeria Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
wow, i almost can't believe that's a real flower...the colors are so eye-popping! such a sad story. are you able to grow these back on your property?
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
That colony grows in a National Park, so it would be up to the Conservation and Land Management people in that area to do something about saving it. My husband only has a licence to rescue plants on building lots etc. Even then, we wouldn't put the rescued orchids in our garden; they are kept in pots and used for educational purposes.
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cdaile Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
i really like the way the colour of the orchid stands out from the background colours. lovely dof, he really is very good (and he should get his own gallery :P).. nice work!
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
He's just loving the comments he's getting, but not enough to tempt him to learn how to use a computer. He's an outdoor man and that's how I like it. :laughing:
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cdaile Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2005
well, that's a good thing then :D
as long as he keeps taking some very nice photos :nod:
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dansch Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
oh wow, it looks so great. the colors are amazing
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2005
We feel a thrill every time we come across it in the Australian bush. They are quite difficult to find.
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poupsdream Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
Really beautiful calors, textures and shape. Is it in its final stage of developpement ?
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
Yes, the Queen of Sheba is at its best here. This one isn't exactly rare, but it doesn't grow in very many places. There was one colony in the Stirling Range that very few people knew about. We only discovered it through the Orchid Society, but then some new people took over the caravan park and got to know about the colony and instead of keeping it to themselves, they told anyone who was staying there. The last time Jim and I went to that spot, there wasn't one Queen of Sheba growing.
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poupsdream Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
Awful !!! Some people does not respect anything. When I go in a park around here I dont touch anything. To bad if I cant take the pic I would like to cause there is some plant or branch in front of me. When we enter a place like this they to respect the envoronment so I do.
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
I wish there were more people around like us.
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katevlcek Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
Wow! I remember reading somewhere that these flowers are hard to find, and being a sun orchid, aren't always open when you find them. Good job even finding this, not to mention the excellent photography, what a stunner! How common are these? The reason I keep asking about the status of all these orchids is because I'm working on an idea for a book of rare, threatened and uncommon native terrestrials (I work with threatened orchid species)
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2005
Jim does volunteer work for CALM in the threatened species program. Each season he searches likely places and today I have to type up his end of year report. Not my favourite job as it's full of names I can't spell without looking at his very bad handwriting. It's also full of reference numbers where he's completed a search.

This one isn't exactly rare, but it doesn't grow in very many places. There was one colony in the Stirling Range that very few people knew about. We only discovered it through the Orchid Society, but then some new people took over the caravan park and got to know about the colony and instead of keeping it to themselves, they told anyone who was staying there. The last time Jim and I went to that spot, there wasn't one Queen of Sheba growing.

We do have a rare and endangered orchid growing in our local bushland. Caladenia dorrienii, the Cossack Spider Orchid. I have photos on my computer and will submit them to my scraps sometime in the near future. On Monday I am heading for Perth for a few days shopping and I have so much to do before then. I'm not on broadband yet, so my time on the internet is always so limited, I daren't tie the phoneline up for too long. No doubt when I come back I will have so much catching up to do here. I will let you know through my journal when the photos are there.
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katevlcek Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
Wow, that's basically what I do too. Except I just help with whatever needs doing, usually population (individual plant) counts, cos noone else wants to do it, counting nos. of flowers on each plant, producing coordinates for new plants etc etc. I am what is commonly and affectionately known in the orchid conservation industry as a 'slave'. I just love being around the plants and I get to see things most people never get to see. At the moment, I know more about the pollinators of Prasophyllum fosteri than anyone else in the world - I reckon that's kind of cool! And I am studing Conservation anyway, so when I graduate, I will have had nearly 3 years experience working with threatened orchids and also know all the right people. Hopefully, I will get paid to do it at some stage. Unfortunately, your Queen of Sheba story is sadly familiar. Some small populations here are fenced off or have special stepping stones around them to try and help. Even I had heard about the Stirling Ranges Shebas.
I'm really looking forward to seeing your C. dorrienii photos. I am not familiar with this species, so I will look up my Nicholls tonight and see if it is in there. Nicholls is my most comprehensive nationwide orchid reference. If it's not there, I'll do a search on the web. Don't feel there in any rush. I'm not on broadband either, this site is slow and I spend too much time on it! Our phoneline is almost non-existent, we are nearly always online for one reason or another. Plus, it will take my quite a while to find the time to draw anything...
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
Jim did a count of Caladenia dorrienii about 6 years ago and he found a lot more plants than on previous counts. Living in the area he had more time to walk around the whole bush block where they grow. For Jim, this is just a hobby and I'm his 'slave', scanning his slides, typing his reports, etc. etc. Normally I wouldn't worry about tying up our phone line, but my dad is 92 and in a nursing home. He has had several small heart attacks and a mild stroke, so I never know when there will be another and the hosptal would need to contact me.

I will add some more orchids when I come back from Perth. Have you put me on your watch list, as I will notify you through my journal.
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katevlcek Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
Yeah, I think you are on my watch list, if not I will add you.
Don' clog up your phone line with all this stuff, it can wait, sorry to hear about your dad
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Heatheru Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
Holy.. I can't believe that's a real flower. o_o
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2005
There are so many flowers in the Australian bush, that are like nothing else on earth. It's wonderful.
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webworm Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
:clap: Another beautiful orchid! I like the differences of the petals! Thanks for taking these photo's and thanks for adding them to your scraps! I really appreciate it! :hug: :wave: :sing:
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
Jim says thank you for taking the time to look.
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webworm Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
Its my pleasure!! They are wonderful!!! :wave: :sing:
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GeodeLady Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
Excellent macro!! and an amazing orchid I have never seen anything like it before thank you for sharing:hug: Oh and again Excellent macro!!! The details are great the background is blurred perfectly.
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
Jim is thrilled with all the comments he has had about his orchids and that you have added this to your favourites. But he's not convinced he needs to learn how to use a computer when I'm doing such a great job for him. :laughing:
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GeodeLady Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
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