Can you believe that this beautiful flower opens for just one day each year? Each flower lasts one day, opening early in the morning and usually withering by early afternoon.

While on a bushwalk in the Royal National Park, I looked down beside the track and there it was. This was the first time that I had ever spotted this rarely seen flower. Lucky me!

The Fringe-lily (Thysanotus tuberosus) is a perennial herb which is endemic to Australia.

The three petaled flowers are purple, with frilly edges, and only last for one day.

They are among the more strikingly beautiful wildflowers in south eastern Australia.

Captured during Spring in the Royal National Park near Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Canon 400D, as is.

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The World As We See It – Mar 2011
Wildflowers of the World – Mar 2011
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Color Me a Rainbow (Purple) – Nov 2011
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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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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    What a wonderful find! And what a great moment that would’ve been – on finding it. I love those ‘wow’ moments we get to capture from time to time.

    It looks so delicate – almost like it’s too delicate and precious for the harsher elements of this world. So delicate its beauty plays like a song in my soul. :)

    In awe! :) Wonderful capture!

  • Yes, it was definitely one of those moments. Thanks for the great comments Donna – much appreciated. Thanks for the fave too!

    – Michael John

  • Gregory Hale
    Gregory Haleover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured Michael

  • Thanks Gregory.

    – Michael John

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Super macro, Michael. You certainly were lucky!

  • I sure was. May never see another one. Thanks David.

    – Michael John

  • KathiSPerez
    KathiSPerezover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture! lucky you to have been there for this rare beauty!

  • Exactly! It was perfect timing. Thanks Kathi.

    – Michael John

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    this is so very beautiful Michael. I would be excited to find this too.
    thanks for sharing with wildflowers group

  • It sure was a great find. Thanks for that Vickie.

    – Michael John

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 3 years ago

    That’s great, Michael!! :-D

  • Thanks Ellis.

    – Michael John

  • sedge808
    sedge808over 3 years ago

    So fluffy !!

  • Fluffy and frilly!

    – Michael John

  • MaryLynn
    MaryLynnover 3 years ago

    Isn’t it wonderful when we have the camera in hand at the most opportune moment? This is a wonderful story along with a great capture. It’s a fave!

  • Let’s hope it happens again! Thanks for the great comment and for the fave MaryLynn.

    – Michael John

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Deborah.

    – Michael John

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 3 years ago

    what a beautiful flower! – lucky you !!..such a wonderful find.

  • Yes, very lucky! Thanks Gail.

    – Michael John

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