Callistemon/Bottle Brush

After a heatwave lasting around 2 weeks at the beginning of November, we were inundated with thunder, lightning & rain. Suddenly the natives in my garden that until now seemed so un-inspirational looked stunning in full bloom & covered in rain drops…and I couldn’t get out there quick enough. Yep…me outside with a camera: who woulda thought?!

When thinking of the title…which seemed a kind of obvious choice…I was reminded of the song of the same name by Guns’n’Roses. While never much of a ‘Gunner’ myself, I always liked the song, but have realised that I’d never paid too much attention to the lyrics. Having just looked them up, I am taken with how stunning they are…and feel the need to share :)

When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin’ when I hold you
Don’t you know I feel the same
‘Cause nothin’ lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it’s hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain
We’ve been through this
Such a long long time
Just tryin’ to kill the pain

But lovers always come
And lovers always go
And no one’s really sure
Who’s lettin’ go today
Walking away
If we could take the time
To lay it on the line
I could rest my head
Just knowin’ that you were mine
All mine
So if you want to love me
Then darlin’ don’t refrain
Or I’ll just end up walkin’
In the cold November rain

Do you need some time
On your own
Do you need some time
All alone
Everybody needs some time
On their own
Don’t you know you need some time
All alone

I know it’s hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you could heal a broken heart
Wouldn’t time be out to charm you

Sometimes I need some time
On my own
Sometimes I need some time
All alone
Everybody needs some time
On their own
Don’t you know you need some time
All alone

And when your fears subside
And shadows still remain
I know that you can love me
When there’s no one left to blame
So never mind the darkness
We still can find a way
‘Cause nothin’ lasts forever
Even cold November rain

Don’t ya think that you
Need somebody
Don’t ya think that you
Need someone
Everybody needs somebody
You’re not the only one
You’re not the only one

-Axl Rose

If I were talented enough to write a song, I would want to write one just like that!!!

Canon EOS 7D
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
f/2.8 ISO 200 Shutter Speed 1/5 sec


  • Michael Walters
    Michael Waltersalmost 5 years ago

    ROCK & ROCK!!! yeah Angie, i luuurve the combo, just such a truly incredible shot..really so good! the way you captured this is awesome. The colours are shown off so well in that light and the little drops of water complete it so perfectly, gorgeous detail and comp.
    So cool that you got all that rain and heaven. The song is so good, i’ve always loved that song, Alex is da man! :)

  • Well are the master of combining lyrics & image! I just wish I could write my own the way that you do, insanely talented guy that you are!!! So happy that you like this shot and most appreciative of your luuuurvely comment! x

    – AngieBel

  • MissyD
    MissyDalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot and i must say that Im a Gunners fan from way back! Went to see them in Melbourne last year…..AWESOME! I love November Rain and everyone at the concert sung it :) Thanks for sharing the lyrics with us and your wonderful shot!
    “Cause nothin’ last forever, even cold November Rain”

  • Oh I bet that would’ve been an awesome experience Missy! Lucky you!

    – AngieBel

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 5 years ago

  • Oh, how wonderful! Thank you soooo much!

    – AngieBel

  • LearnToShine
    LearnToShinealmost 5 years ago

    Wow. Wow. Wow. I simply can’t think of anything more to say right now. This is gorgeous, and as we talked about today, the song is sooooo close to my heart – choked up now just reading it. AND featured like STRAIGHT AWAY – good work AngieBel, love it xx

  • Aww…sorry to choke you up there petal xxx But yes, it is just that type of song. Glad you like the pic…and yep, the 2 Features were awesome!

    – AngieBel

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous macro work, dear Angie!

  • Thank you kindly Bela :)

    – AngieBel

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonalmost 5 years ago

  • Fantastic, thank you so much Kelly!

    – AngieBel

  • jules572
    jules572almost 5 years ago

    Another beautiful shot, well deserving of all the features coming it’s way…Jules

  • Thank you Jules, what a lovely thing to say :)

    – AngieBel

  • LearnToShine
    LearnToShinealmost 5 years ago

    Featured AGAIN – go girlfriend xx

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Scott!

    – AngieBel

  • Blackgull
    Blackgullalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot

  • Hi Jim! Thank you so much for your Comment – always love hearing from you & appreciate your support! x

    – AngieBel

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