The Australian Christmas Bell is a special flower for me. I grew up with this plant growing in my parent’s front garden, with more plants just down the bottom of the street in native bushland. It flowered every year in December, and I learnt to associate those large red and yellow bells with Christmas.

Unfortunately the plants no longer seem to grow in the local bushland, and our plant from the front garden eventually died. So it is always a special moment for me when I see them growing in the wild.

Thanks to Phil for pointing this one out to me – the first Christmas Bells which I have seen growing for many years.

This image depicts a cluster of flowers in various stages of its life cycle.

The rarely seen Christmas Bell (Blandfordia nobilis) is a species of flowering plant native to eastern Australia. It was given the name Christmas Bells due to the shape of the flowers and the timing of its flowering season in Australia. It generally flowers in December and January and for this same reason it is the Australian Native Birthflower of December.

Captured in the Royal National Park south of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Canon, G12.

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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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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnalmost 3 years ago

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...almost 3 years ago

    I didn’t know they were Christmas Bells. Beautiful capture, Michael. Love the DOF.

  • Many thanks for the comment and fave Donna

    – Michael John

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely capture and image Michael !!!!

  • Thank you Ellanita

    – Michael John

  • Penny Smith
    Penny Smithalmost 3 years ago

    Love it ! I had these too as a kid.. great photo Michael, very crisp and sharp. :)

  • Many thanks Penny

    – Michael John

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 3 years ago

    Nice work Michael..

  • Thanks for that Warren

    – Michael John

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago

    gorgeous !!!

  • Thank you!!

    – Michael John

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Thank you

    – Michael John

  • KarenEaton
    KarenEatonalmost 3 years ago

    A beautiful image that also brings back memories for me.

  • Thanks for that

    – Michael John

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyalmost 3 years ago

    what a beautiful sight ! ..we used to have heaps of them growing at the beaches here , but only a few these days ..great shot Michael – Love it !

  • Yes, for some reason they are become scarcer. Thanks for the comment and fave Gail!

    – Michael John

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Michael.

    Cheers Jude

  • Many thanks Jude

    – Michael John

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