The Blue Mountains National Park in Australia.

Somewhere near the start of the Federal Pass walking track near Leura in an area known as The Ampitheatre is this beautiful scene of a rock hugging tree.
The sunlight provided a beautiful backlight to illuminate the ferns here. According to a website I checked out, this is a coachwood tree.

Just up from here we frustratedly tried to catch a shot of the cute little marsupial mice searching for food on the forest slopes. They were scurrying around so quickly that all I got was a couple of blurry shots.

For those outside Australia these mice are similar to your common mice but are much smaller, have a shorter tail & are much cuter. They stand on their hind legs like kangaroos.

The sun disappeared later & the predicted “possible thunderstorm” arrived to dump loads of wet kisses on us. We got back to the car totally drenched.

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Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 4 years ago

    good one Michael love the title too

  • Thanks a lot Philip & thanks for the fave.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 4 years ago

    Simply wonderful Michael. Such gorgeous greens – and a great title – the roots of that tree seem to be reaching out in protection of the rock.
    Would love to have seen those little mice though! Perhaps another days trip for you?… lol

  • Thanks Sharon. I took more shots when the sun disappeared but they didn’t look as good. Knew you would love the title following on your great song focussed titles. I’m glad I reloaded this one because hardly anyone saw it last night. Thanks for the fave.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 4 years ago

    Beautiful light and colours Michael.

  • Thanks Rosalie. I was going to add “straight from the camera” but I just had to crop the image a little.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago

    lovely capture and light Michael !I always have a problem with this kind of photos;)really great photo!!

  • Thank you Edyta & thanks for the fave. Yes, it’s all about the lighting. I was waiting for the clouds to come over to give a more even light but then realized that the brilliant colours came from the sunny glow.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    What a great HUG this is!

  • Glad you like it Trish. Thanks for the fave.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful scenery Michael … I can never get enough of views like this

  • Thanks Bev. Me neither.

    – Michael Matthews

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    great capture Michael, lovely earthy colour and texture

  • Thanks Trudi.

    – Michael Matthews

  • PSL1
    PSL1over 4 years ago

    Fantastic photograph Michael. It’s even better viewed large.

  • Thank you for the compliment Peter & thanks for the fave.

    – Michael Matthews

  • JeffStockton
    JeffStocktonover 4 years ago

    Good capture with the roots (of course),the ferns on either side & the b/ground growth.Good work
    with the lighting as well

  • Thanks Jeff. I was working on avoiding the patches of bright sunlight in the area, so I reckon there was a bit of luck in this one.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaabout 4 years ago

    Yet another magnificent image Michael. Great work.

  • Thank you Ralph.

    – Michael Matthews

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