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I am a field botanist and vegetation ecologist working in NSW government. I have been photographing many subjects for many years, but favour landscapes and plants (those mostly in macro). I hope you enjoy having a look around a small proportion of my collection, and don't forget to look at my other Panoramio places - Orkology by GregS and Orkology Vegetation Survey. Cheers Greg
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beautiful photo greg

Thanks Eve.

I have been separating the photos I post into one of the two sites depending on what I consider them to be of. Plants go to the other site, landscapes, animals, locations, etc. come to the original site. That way I don't fill up the tags list with endless plant naming options... ;)

I don't know that you've missed out - some of the photos you've been posting have been pretty cool too!



Ooops, should have looked before I spammed. Interesting plant.

Hi Zac

No, I wrote the right term. A gneiss (pronounced 'nys') is a metamorphosed rock, banded in appearance, and formed during high-grade regional metamorphism. Here the rocks are affected by the nearby collision zone between the Australian - Indian Plate and the Pacific Plate. The original composition of the rock contains minerals that are re-organised to form the garnets. As these are rich in silica and aluminium oxide I would believe they probably were lithic sandstones or maybe claystones.

And as one of my teachers said - It's not gneiss to be taken for granite... ;)

Thanks for coming to visit. Regards, Greg

Ola Vina

(sorry I am not at home to be able to translate this for you :(

I am well, but running around madly trying to get work finished before the end of financial year (30 June).

Phormiaceae are great plants - one well known and widely cultivated is Phormium tenax, known as New Zealand Flax over here. I have linked here to one of my pictures of it. These plants do look a lot like irises in plant form (note the plants in the background of this photo), but the flowers are very much like lilies (in which family they were placed for a long time).

My all-time favourite is Stypandra glauca, a 1 metre tall plant with leafy stems and bright electric blue flowers in dense clusters. I have also put a photo of it here, but it doesn't really do it justice.

Um abraco


Actually Geoff, the species is variously known by both names. In NSW, following the lead of the Royal Botanic Gardens (the NSW Botanical Authority), we still accept it as T. australis, which I know was originally described from Southern Africa.



Thanks Rosina.


Hi greg, can u help been asked to identify some trees thank u

Rosina :)

Lovely reflection, Greg!

Thanks Eve, but honestly, it is they who make it easy for me to photograph them ;)

This is the state flower for NSW, and the name in both Greek (Telopea - Telos afar and Opea - to be seen) and Gundungara (a local Aboriginal language from Burragorang) (waratah) mean the same thing - seen ata distance or seen from afar.





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