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Coalseam Conservation Park

Coalseam has come alive in pink, yellow and white with carpets of everlastings. Keep a look out at the lookout for snail orchids, pink and blue fairy orchids, spider orchids and fringe lillies. You will also find a vast mix of flowering shrubs and bushes from the Acacia, Eucalyptus, Hakea, Grevillea and Melaleuca families.

Depot Hill

Carpets of pink everlasting along with all the above trees, shrubs and orchids. You will also find Spider orchids, purple tassels, Vanilla scented sun orchids and cowslips. The orchids can be found near the river and up around the first benches on the track.

Mingenew

Recreation centre (showground road)- carpets of pink everlastings can be found south east of the hockey field. You will also find fringe Lillies and blue fairy orchids. Plenty more to see if you wonder through the golf course. You will also find spider orchids and clown orchids on the right hand side of show ground road as you head towards the recreation centre.

Mingenew

South Road - The corner of Mingenew south Road and Midlands road is awash with colour and many different varieties of flowers.

Yandanooka  South road - Carpets of everlastings and spider orchids

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Three Springs road- Near Mt Campbell. Pink salt lakes surrounded by carpets of white everlastings.

Bateman Road

Three Springs - At the eastern end of Bateman road you will find close to 300 wreath flowers in different stages ranging from tiny to 30cm. The larger ones are just starting to flower.

Wilson Nature reserve

Corner of Bunney and Robinson Roads Three Springs. This reserve offers several different soil types therefore offering an array of different flowers.

 

Photography Tips

Here are some photography tips for wildflowers and landscape before the season gets into full swing.

Be aware of even slight breezes, or you may end up with a soft, fuzzy subject in your photo. Putting up a windbreak - even a camera bag or, better still, an morawa300umbrella will help. You can also increase your ISO from 400 or 640 or 800 but this can compromise your image quality. Sharp pictures are good pictures.

Reduce the depth of field to isolate a flower. "Depth of field" is the distance in front and behind your subject that is in focus. This will make the background fuzzy, rather than sharp. Many cameras have an Aperture Priority setting to control this. It shows "f-stops" which you can think of as distances. The lower the f-stop, the less will be in focus before and after the subject. For example, a flower photographed on f/2.8 will be more isolated than on f/32.

Use a tripod. A tripod will make your camera rock-solid. This will give you better results by eliminating camera shake and enabling you to slow down shutter speed. A tripod also changes the way you work - giving you stronger, more thoughtful compositions. If you are buying a tripod, look for a solid, sturdy one with legs that extend and retract so you can get very low. Tripods with ball heads allow for smooth action and very fine adjustment.

Try shooting up from down low among the flowers. Pink everlastings can look amazing against a blue sky. Digital cameras with a tilting screen are handy for this. But please be careful to choose a spot where you won't damage the flowers.

You can't beat the softness and colours of early and late light but reality means that most of us will find the flower we want to photograph when the sunlight is harsh. Try holding a translucent gauze material on a frame (such as an embroidery hoop) over your subject when the sun is blasting overhead. This will help diffuse the bright light. Muslin, white nylon and cotton allow different strengths and tones of light through. Experiment.

Consider using a flash or reflector when you need extra light on your subject. When using a flash, try to keep it subtle. Most cameras have an adjustable flash you can turn down. A reflector is often a better option. These collapsible discs give a more natural diffused light and are readily available to buy.

Most cameras have a flower symbol which is the macro setting for close-ups. But beware, this makes your camera more sensitive to focus. Move the camera in and out to double-check the focus on your screen. Special macro lenses can be added to digital SLR cameras which are designed to focus very close to a subject. The positive is a very high-quality image - but this needs to be balanced with the cost and the need to carry an extra lens around for a specific job. 8. Think about the rule of thirds. If you divide the image area in thirds horizontally and vertically, the four points where these lines cross are spots where the viewer's eye will naturally fall. Your camera's display may have a setting for this. Keep three words in mind for photo composition - simple, graceful, dynamic.

While close-ups make great images, it is also good to stand back and take "bigger shots" to show context. These images tell the story not only of what you have seen, but where you have seen it. Two more invaluable items of gear for your camera bag are a notebook and pen. Note your impressions and reactions to the environment you are standing (or kneeling) in to add to the story.

If you are photographing a flower close up, it must be a good flower. When focusing on a small group of blooms, the flowers need to be quite tightly set together and form a good shape. Be sure to choose flowers that are physically perfect and in pristine condition - but they must also have character. Look for something that grabs attention and be guided by your own reactions.