This is an amazing plant. Named Hakea Victoriai in honour of Queen Victoria – who was on the throne of England at the time of it’s discovery – it’s major habitat is in the far south of Western Australia, within the confines of the heritage listed Fitzgerald River National Park. People have tried to grow them elsewhere but with only moderate success.
It stands anything up to 3 metres tall and completely dominates the surrounding bush with the vibrant colours of it’s foliage casting an almost surreal glow over the entire area. You can see where they are from many kilometres away.
This is just one of many photos I took of them whilst holidaying in that area during the spring of 2007. I was using my Sony DSC R1 in aperture priority with an nd4 filter attached to the 24-120 lens.