The Long Drive to Kojonup via Wagin

Map to Kojonup

Map to Kojonup

When we first decided to go to Kojonup, it was to see the Everlastings at Lucinda’s.

When we contacted Lucinda’s we found out that it was too late to see the flowers, but we decided to go to Kojonup anyway. For one thing, we had never been there together, and our orchid book showed us promise to perhaps see a few orchids in that area.

Google told us it was a 3 to 3 and a half hour drive to Kojonup, but we always made stops along the way and it took us longer.

First stop? The old broken down Pumphrey's bridge over the Hotham River

First stop? The old broken down Pumphrey’s bridge over the Hotham River. What photographer doesn’t stop at a broken down bridge?

The next stop, some orchids by the road and then we went in deeper. Got to see this lovely and very red cowslip orchid.

The next stop, some orchids by the road and then we went in deeper. Got to see this lovely and very red cowslip orchid.

As we ventured off the road on to a dirt track, I spotted a sun orchid.

As we ventured off the road on to a dirt track, I spotted a sun orchid.

...and another and another. Loved all the beautiful colors.

…and another and another. Loved all the beautiful colors.

We also saw a Fringed mantis orchid.

We also saw a Fringed mantis orchid.

The sun orchids were such a lovely sight, we hadn't seen much sun til this day, on a weekend at least.

The sun orchids were such a lovely sight, we hadn’t seen much sun til this day, on a weekend at least.

Beautiful verticordia in the sun.

Beautiful verticordia in the sun.

Purple enamel orchid.

Purple enamel orchid.

What is better than one purple enamel orchid? Two! Suddenly we were seeing them scattered everywhere.

What is better than one purple enamel orchid? Two! Suddenly we were seeing them scattered everywhere.

My favorite view of the enamels is from behind :)

My favorite view of the enamels is from behind 🙂

What else can you see in the bush? A sheep skull of course. (We brought it home).

What else can you see in the bush? A sheep skull of course. (We brought it home).

We drove into Wagin, I had heard about it, but we hadn't ever been together.

We drove into Wagin, I had heard about it, but we hadn’t ever been together.

And when you're at the "home of the giant ram" you should go see the giant ram, so we did.

And when you’re at the “home of the giant ram” you should go see the giant ram, so we did.

Then we got to a place I don't even know what to call it, we passed a gravel pit, and drove for awhile. We stopped to see this wildflower John didn't recognize.

Then we got to a place I don’t even know what to call it, we passed a gravel pit, and drove for awhile. We stopped to see this wildflower John didn’t recognize.

Even though we had been through every bump on the "path" and off of the path, I couldn't help but notice this cascade of Calytrix.

Even though we had been through every bump on the “path” and off of the path, (thanks to a fallen tree) I couldn’t help but notice this cascade of Calytrix.

Another stop, more purple enamel orchids.

Another stop, more purple enamel orchids.

Along with the great number of Purple enamel orchids were hundreds of Pouched Leek Orchids.

Along with the great number of Purple enamel orchids were hundreds of Pouched Leek Orchids.

We finally made it as far as Kojonup. Kojonup seems to have a few old historical building, this one is in need of repair.

We finally made it as far as Kojonup. Kojonup seems to have a few old historical building, this one is in need of repair.

We made it to the Myrtle Benn Flora and Fauna Memorial Sanctuary.

We made it to the Myrtle Benn Flora and Fauna Memorial Sanctuary.

We were happy to see so many spider orchids.

We were happy to see so many spider orchids.

Waiter, there is a fly in my spider orchid.

Waiter, there is a fly in my spider orchid.

A sweet photo of two spider orchids.

A sweet photo of two spider orchids.

As we headed back to Perth, the smoke from local burns made a dramatic cloud.

As we headed back to Perth, the smoke from local burns made a dramatic cloud.

The smell was really strong, but the photo was so worth it.

The smell was really strong, but the photo was so worth it.

And the rest of the long drive home was in the dark. Another beautiful day together.

And the rest of the long drive home was in the dark. Another beautiful day together.

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