Are you extremely fond of wildflowers? If yes, you will be delighted to know that the greatest wildflower show on Earth has already begun throughout Western Australia and will continue till November. So there is still time for you to take a week’s leave from work, pack your bags, book your flight tickets and head towards WA. However, before you start your quest, it can be great to know a few things about the wildflower season of the Australian state:
- The internationally popular wildflower season of Western Australia starts from the end of June and lasts up to early November. However, the peak months are usually August, September and October. But the season’s time of arrival can vary every year slightly in different regions of the state due to weather conditions.
- Local visitor centres provide great assistance during the wildflower season. They can recommend areas like local trails where the typical blooms are most likely to be found. They also offer useful brochures and advice about which flowers might be available during your visit. In case you wish to identify the blooms that you sight, you can even buy a wildflower directory.
- There are many national parks which can offer you an excellent wildflower viewing experience. Thus, if you are planning to travel around the state, consider camping overnight or an entire day out.
- In case you are visiting any region in the southwest or taking part in any activity there, such as Kojonup wildflower tours, avoid going to that place right after heavy rainfall for at least a couple of days. Even then, make sure you stick to the roads and avoid stepping on wet soil. Don’t forget to clean the soles of your shoes every now and then. Doing so would help to prevent dieback from spreading.
- Never ever try to pick any of the blooms that you see during the tours, it can cause you to incur penalties. This is because picking wildflowers in Western Australia is illegal.
Thus, now you have a basic idea about what you can expect when visiting WA for the sole purpose of watching wildflowers. In addition to the above mentioned, you must also be aware of the fact that there are a variety of accommodation options available. You can even opt for the most popular type – a bed and breakfast. Whatever you do, make sure to consider the budget before finalising your decision.
For enthusiastic and professional photographers who like travelling, the diverse regions of Western Australia can feel like paradise. The indigenous wildlife and flora of the state is simply enchanting and beautiful. Besides that, the place is also home to around 12,000 species of wildflowers, which start blooming from July and continue to grow until November. Every region has its own unique species because of environmental differences like fauna, soil type, weather, geography and plant systems. Does all of that sound very enticing to you (in case you happen to be a shutterbug)? Well, before you start out, it might be a good idea to take a look at some photography tips. Maybe you are an expert, but hey, going through useful tips can do no harm.
Whether you are interested in Kojonup wildflower tours or the Crooked Brook Forest in Dardanup, make sure you follow the undermentioned tips to take great shots of exquisite flowers:
- Don’t forget to pack in extra batteries and memory cards for your camera. There is no telling as to how many pictures it might take for you to be satisfied with your floral photography tour. Also, carry everything inside a convenient waterproof bag.
- Try using the aperture priority or the dedicated ‘flower’ symbol for limiting the depth of field. Doing so will blur as well as soften the backdrop and emphasise the object, that is, flower. Always keep in mind that less depth of field equals less F-stop.
- In case there is low lighting, use your tripod because it will prevent the camera from shaking, enable sharp focus and help to capture images at slow shutter speeds even without a flash.
- Capture several shots from varying angles.
- Use a reflector to have more light on the subject.
- If it starts to get windy, make a windbreak out of your jacket for preventing the plant from moving.
- Although experts suggest using macro lens for capturing shots of wildflowers, it is not mandatory. Even a close up filter can do the trick. Also, the latter is cheaper.
- Try to take shots that portray a flower in its natural environment. Such pictures really speak for themselves.
Following these tips will ensure that you can get the best shots of your favourite wildflowers. So what are you waiting for? Book a proper accommodation in advance, pack in your photography gear and set out on a quest to capture the beautiful wildflowers in WA with your camera.