Up close and personal to a........ Wattle flower


YANCHEP, Australia

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Everywhere we look right now there is a mass of yellow to be seen. The bush is full of it and all our local walking trails are lined with it. The first indication we have that spring has well and truly arrived. It is, of course, the lovely Wattle, or Acacia Tree and they are flowering in their tens of thousands.
So yesterday, while we were out walking through bushland in our local Yanchep National Park, near Perth in Western Australia, I resolved to try and get a macro shot of some of it. Sounds easy enough but every time I was set up and ready to squeeze the shutter button there was a gust of wind – this would have happened at least half a dozen times. In the end I took a couple of shots more in hope than anything else and this is the result of one of them.
The only post processing was a slight crop to get rid of a distracting branch and also a touch of Unsharp Mask. Other than that it is exactly as taken.
For this shot I used my compact Olympus SP 565 uz because it has a very good super macro function – and I don’t possess a macro lens for my dslr.

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