Sturt's Desert Pea by Michael John

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Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) is an Australian plant famous for its distinctive blood-red leaf-like flowers, each with a bulbous black centre. It is one of Australia’s best known wildflowers.

This unusual and rarely seen flower was photographed in outback South Australia, which is appropriate, as it is the floral emblem of that state.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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    NatureGreeting...over 4 years ago

    WOW!!! These are GORGEOUS! Love the deep red!! Never seen these before!! Beautiful shot, Michael!! :) Carolyn

  • Thanks Carolyn, for the fave and the great comment. These are very unusual flowers and rarely seen.

    – Michael John

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    Fantaastic Shot. Lovely colours

  • Thank you for the fave and for the comment. Glad you like it.

    – Michael John

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    ♥ Fantastic capture Michael !!!! :D ♥

  • Thanks for your great compliment Evita.

    – Michael John

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Michael John

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 4 years ago

    WOW Beautiful! Never seen one of these before!

  • Thank you Rose. Yes, these are very unusual flowers and rarely seen.

    – Michael John

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 4 years ago

    Bet ya got your knees dirty lol. Lovely work mate :)

  • lol..yes I did! Thanks Julie.

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 4 years ago

    Nice one Mike. I’ve never seen these in the wild.

  • Thanks for the fave and the comment. Glad you like it.

    – Michael John

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    They are quite unique aren’t they Michael, we saw them around Alice Springs.
    Nicely photographed.

  • Thanks Trish. Yes, I remember getting quite excited the first time I spotted one!

    – Michael John

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Beautiful flowers amazing what grows in our arid landscape,lovely capture Michael

  • Thanks for the comment Trudi.

    – Michael John

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture, good strong contrasts

  • Thanks for the comments Kala.

    – Michael John

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