Photographed with a Canon 400D in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

This image was captured on the walking track to Hanging Rock in October last year (2009). I’ve never seen so many waratahs in one place.
The ants obviously love them.
Waratahs herald the beginning of spring in the mountains.
Hanging Rock is near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of Australia (2 hours west of Sydney).

That’s the Hanging Rock at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains National Park that features in many other images in the gallery.

Photographed with a Canon 400D, F6.3, ISO 400, Exposure 1/30 seconds, Shade White Balance.

Protaceae group on April 30, 2010.
Live & Let Live group on May 12, 2010.
National Parks of the World, Sept 2010.
Spring Blooms, Oct 2010.
Australiana Challenges, Oct 2010.
Explore, Jan 2011.
Featured for a Challenge, May 2011.
Artists Universe, May 2011.
No.1 Artists of Redbubble, May 2011.
Alphabet Soup, June 2011.
Islands of the World, June 2011.
Petals & Pollen, July 2011.
The Group, July 2011.
Colour Me A Rainbow (Red), July 2011.
High Quality Images, Aug 2011.
Australiana Challenges, Oct 2011.
Focus on New South Wales, Nov 2011.
Cover Shots, Apr 2012.
Snaptacular, Dec 2012.
Australia’s Tracks & Trails, Aug 2013.
Australia’s Tracks & Trails, Mar 2013.

Challenge wins
Protaceae Family Sept avatar, 2010.
State Floral Emblems, Australiana Challenges, Oct 2011.
Wildflowers of the World, Red/Pink challenge, Jan 2012 (joint winner).
Wildflowers of the World, Red challenge, Dec 2013.
Seeing Red, Australia’s Tracks & Trails, Mar 2014.

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White tipped double in the wild

Indoor version

Where I was heading when I found this beauty


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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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  • Shannon Rogers
    Shannon Rogersover 4 years ago

    First Comment :) Awesome shot Michael, the color is so Vibrant and those little ants running around this Waratah adds to a brilliant attraction to the eye, great stuff mate :) Oh and go Queensland lol :))

  • Thanks Shannon. I never figured out how a bunch of butch rugby players got to play under the banner of a flower ! .. I reckon they’d play better with a name like “The Crushers”. I’m more into League myself .. but not a great fan.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Michael. This is such a beautiful shade of red. The ones I have are more on the maroon or pink side.
    The little ants are having a ball!!!!!!

  • Thanks Sharon. I uploaded this one before but it didn’t get a lot of attention. Not good timing perhaps. Also have cropped it from the original & I think the second incarnation is more interesting.

    – Michael Matthews

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Beautiful colour and flower Michael great framing too

  • Thanks Trudi. I think I checked out dozens before I saw a specimen as nice as this one.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Shannon Rogers
    Shannon Rogersover 4 years ago

    LOL Michael, I have to totally agree :) Yeah huge League fan here, got a lot of Family that have done really well at the Game, Couple you may have heard of is Matt and Steve Rogers, My uncle and Cousin, Legends in the game :) I am a Cowboy’s and Titans fan, moving back to the Gold Coat in about 2 Months, looking forward to getting back in the Sunshine state :)

  • Cool .. nice genes. That idea came to my mind when I looked at your surname. A guy I worked with years back reckoned I looked like Steve Rogers .. half his weight though !

    – Michael Matthews

  • raymondj4000
    raymondj4000over 4 years ago

    ..yes Michael, I also have to agree…great colour and clarity….well done..and your camera/lens is???

  • Thanks a lot Ray. It’s the standard 18-55mm lens that came with the Canon 400D.

    – Michael Matthews

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    NatureGreeting...over 4 years ago

    Wonderful Capture!! :))… Carolyn

  • Thank you Carolyn & thanks for the fave.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 4 years ago

    Fabulous colour and clarity Michael, beautiful shot!

  • Thank you Kerry & thank you for the listing.

    – Michael Matthews

  • kappisan
    kappisanover 4 years ago

    A True Beauty!:)
    Well done!:)

    It looks Great as a Card too!:)

  • Thank you very much Kappi & thanks for the fave. You’re right, it does look great as a card.

    – Michael Matthews

  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiover 4 years ago

    Lovely close up of a stunning flower Michael, love the vivid colour and the clarity mate ….. well done!!

  • Thanks a lot John. I cropped this a little from the original image & it has made a big difference to it’s appeal.

    – Michael Matthews

  • JeffStockton
    JeffStocktonover 4 years ago

    Great detail & lighting,glad you included some of the leaves in the b/ground.Just enough to break it up a little

  • Thanks Jeff. The original had too much background. I thought this one was just right.

    – Michael Matthews

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