Flannel Flower, Mount Hay, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW, Australia

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Comments (5)

Amelia Royan on December 31, 2008

Absolutely stunning in enlargement Ian. I have never heard of this plant until now.

I wish you and yours all the best for 2009, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on December 31, 2008

Happy New Year, Amelia. The flannel flower is common in the Sydney bush! Its petals have a felty feel hence the common name. In such bold country with its cliffs and gorges, something more delicate is worth the moment.



Ian Stehbens on January 3, 2009

If you haven't yet used my tag for "flora" or "flower", Mira, as you are interested you may now find that an enjoyable experience for 5 minutes.

In addition to maps, a love of flying, and geomorphology, my geographical education included plant geography and my childhood was shaped by a mother who loved gardening and a father who was a sawmiller and who had a good working knowledge of trees and forests. Now it is my artistic side that enthuses about plants. So I am very happy that you thoughtfully imagine that there are "secrets and wonders".

I hope I can open up one or two of these for you, as you have for me already through your experience in ballooning.

Kind regards,


EVA_L on January 5, 2009

Dear, Yan, thank you for your attention and care! We must respect the neighbors and not try to put them on their knees. I think that everything will be OK and Ukraine's independence will not become a pay for gas.

Warm regards, Eva

Ian Stehbens on January 11, 2009

Dear Eva,

I am very pleased if you have enough energy for your winter. With Chernobyl not far away either in distance on in history, and the current awkward situation of natural gas supplies I realise that your country has some critical decisions to make both for the immediate present as well as for the future. You cannot go without domestic energy for your need is so high because of your severe winters.

I see that energy and water resources are likely to escalate and generate conflicts around the world.

In the midst of all this, isn't it nice that we can retreat for quite walks and admire the flowers. Hope you like the simplicity of the flannel flowers of the Sydney Region.



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Photo taken in Unnamed Road, New South Wales 2570, Australia

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