A visit to a local park for a walk and photographing opportunity recently proved only 50% successful – nothing much caught my interest to photograph.
Once again though, the value of paying attention to little things at all times proved it’s worth when i caught site of this from my car when taking little used back roads to return home. 🙂
(Click on image to open in a new window and click again to expand) 🙂A beautiful spread of pincushion plants in the front garden of this suburban home. In the foreground are the remains of a different Leucospermum with red tinged leaves, but more of that later… 🙂
A beautiful example of this member of the Protea family of plants which are native to both S Africa and my home of Australia. You can see threads of sticky nectar clinging between the flower’s styles which are around 6cm (a little over 2in) in length. (A style is a long, narrow tube-like extension of a plants ovary). 🙂
The orange red ‘flames’ and the feather-like parts of the stamen, combined with the skyward pointing spikes reminds me of the Phoenix rising from it’s own ashes. 🙂