Abounding - Grevillea

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bdeh on December 10, 2012

Great macro Ian. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on December 10, 2012

Thanks, Berend. Adding something a little different to the gallery. Our flora is certainly very different from that of Europe. Not all flowers are formed like daisies or roses or tulips, as my childhood school books seemed to suggest. Eucalypt, Callistemon, Hakea, Araucaria and Grevillia blossoms are all rather special though different.


bdeh on December 11, 2012

Your Australian flowers are very beautiful Ian. I saw a lot beautiful and different flowers in the late spring in WA. Greetings Berend

Suzi in Oregon on December 11, 2012

I had to look up Hakea, is this image a callistemon, eucalypt blossom or a Protea unfurling? or another? I am very fond of all the plant families you listed, Ian. We have many varieties of these species here, though more often seen in California, where I spent many years and loved seeing and studying the more unusual flora. Lovely photo - got my curiosity aroused. Best wishes (O:

Ian Stehbens on December 11, 2012

This is a Grevillea, Suzi. Posting this made me realize how the stereotype that is generally used to show what a flower is supposed to look like has little relationship to the native flowers of my part of the world.

When Captain James Cook explored the east coast of Australia in 1770, he had his botanist, Joseph Banks, and artist on board who had a remarkable time collecting and recording the plant species they encountered. Hence "Botany Bay" was the name given to site of their first foray on land, and the Banksia was the genus that most captured their interest there. The Banksia just doesn't conform to their stereotypes anymore than a kangaroo matches a cow!

I am really pleased that you have appreciated this image, and that many Australian species are available now in gardens and florists around the world.

Bright morning greetings from SE Queensland.


ebi lutze on December 29, 2012

Hi Ianfrom the group A1-Unique Australia, wishing you all a happy 2013. Excellent Macro of our native flora L Regards Ebi

Ian Stehbens on December 29, 2012

Thanks for your appreciation, always, Ebi. I look forward to making more contributions to our Unique group in 2013.

New Year greetings,


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