This is the second year I’ve been up to the Australasian Carnivorous Plant Society‘s “Plants With Bite” Display and Fair at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden in the Blue Mountains. The event took place over two weekends (27 February to 07 March).
The first Sunday was a warm and cloudy day; too warm and humid, in my opinion, to even walk down to the Society-sponsored bog garden to see how the plants were doing (very well, apparently, apart from the fact that the Cephalotus donated last year had gone missing). I was recognized from last year’s visit and made to feel welcome, although I had to acknowledge — sheepishly — that in all my years of membership I’d never once attended a society meeting. I spent a lot of time admiring the plants (the display was as good, if not better, than last year’s) and chatting with other members, particularly Jessica and Lynn.
On the following Sunday there was a pall of dark cloud over the Blue Mountains as I approached via the M4, which translated at altitude to thick fog with many extra-dense patches where the visibility went down to about 50 metres. By the final approach to the Botanic Gardens it had become heavy rain, on a narrow winding road peppered with DO NOT STOP signs (complete with falling rock graphics), and some moron was tailgating me at an unsafe 80 km/h. That was … exciting.
In any event, I got there safely but didn’t get to see the bog garden. I wasn’t going to brave the wet with the camera, oh no.
We expected a really poor crowd, but as it turned out there was a wedding celebration at the Botanic Garden, and the guests were intrigued by the plants. I helped out a bit by sharing some of my (rusty) CP knowledge and selling a few plants. In the quiet periods I took more photos and indulged in more shop talk.
By the time the weather cleared enough that I felt it was safe to leave, it was past 1630, and as I drove through Bilpin I noted with some dismay that the orchards and shops were already closed for the day. No tree-ripened apples for me, but there’s always another day …
The pitchers of Nepenthes thorelii X truncata can grow large enough to accommodate a small kitten (Jessica has pictures to prove it).
Camera: Pentax K100D Super
Lens 1: Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED
Lens 2: Pentax DA 16-45mm F4.0 ED
Ambient light only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.