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This is a view from above, looking down into the centre of the rare spring-flowering white-tipped waratah.

The ants seem to be enjoying a feed on the sweet nectar.

The magnificent waratah (Telopea speciosissima), also known as the New South Wales waratah, is a large shrub in the Proteaceae family. It flowers in spring.

The waratah is endemic to New South Wales, Australia, and is the floral emblem of that state.

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Australia.
Canon 400D, as is.

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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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  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkabout 4 years ago

    It’s a star for sure Michael. Well taken Mate.

  • Thanks for that John.

    – Michael John

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunabout 4 years ago

    Lovely shot and pov Michael

  • Thank you Trudi.

    – Michael John

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 4 years ago

    Funny Mike every one I have seen has those ants on them,wonderful capture mate..

  • lol…they must taste nice! Thanks for the fave Wazza.

    – Michael John

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 4 years ago

    Another beautiful image of this wonderful flower … I must admit I haven’t see this variety before♥

  • I hadn’t seen one prior to this either. It is always great to see any waratah, but this one was even extra special. Thanks Bev.

    – Michael John

  • Penny Smith
    Penny Smithabout 4 years ago

    Michael that’s just beautiful, never seen one like this before.. Really sharp and great close up, well done :)

  • Thanks for the great comment Penny. I hadn’t seen one like this either, so it was a real surprise to stumble across it.

    – Michael John

  • Steven Guy
    Steven Guyabout 4 years ago

    Thats gorgeous !

  • Thanks Steven!

    – Michael John

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Michael John

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...about 4 years ago

    what an exquisite flower

  • It certainly is. Thanks Louise.

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Mike. I hadn’t thought of photographing a waratah from this angle.

  • Thanks for the fave Michael.

    – Michael John

  • Andi Surjanto
    Andi Surjantoabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image … love the colours !

  • Thanks for commenting Andi.

    – Michael John

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