by Robbo Bennetts

Some years ago, I enrolled in a bushwalking course, thinking that the course was about appreciating the bush. During an initial assessment walk in Mt Samaria State Forest, midway through a navigation exercise, I noticed a common bird orchid in flower. I pointed it out to my leader, "Roy". Roy was momentarily fascinated, but as he spun away to check his bearings, the sole of his size 12 walking boot unwittingly screwed the orchid into the ground, as if he was stubbing out a cigarette butt.