Country Sunshine by Michael Matthews

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Driving home from my mum’s place in Garah in the north west of New South Wales, I left with drizzling rain but it cleared up 100kms down the road to bright sunshine.

I spotted this windmill in front of a mountain just north of Boggabri & thought it would make a good photo.

After taking a few shots I saw a sunflower that would fit well into the scene.
Sunflowers used to be grown commercially here (maybe there are still pockets of growers around) & there are many sunflower plants growing wild on the side of the road from the dropped seeds which provide a lot of bright colour for drivers.

Boggabri is in the north west of NSW in Australia.

Just north of Sydney, there was a storm with torrential rain.

This, That & the Other Thing, July 2012.
Nature & Man, July 2012.

Photographed with a Canon 400D.


australia, boggabri, windmill, country roads, sunflowers, new south wales, north west

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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  • Ian Fegent
    Ian Fegentover 3 years ago

    Well done with this tricky composition Michael.

  • Thanks Ian. I’m looking at it now & wondering why I didn’t get the flower higher up above the mountain.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 3 years ago

    Great image Michael. The sunflower works well there in the foreground.

  • Thanks a lot Mike. I almost missed it in the long grass.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Excellent mate.

  • Thanks Wazza.

    – Michael Matthews

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoover 3 years ago

    What a find, outstanding.

  • Thanks for the fave Mark. Just a little bit of luck there.

    – Michael Matthews

  • RainbowWomanTas
    RainbowWomanTasover 3 years ago

    I love this.

  • Glad you like it.Thanks for the fave.

    – Michael Matthews

  • snapitnc
    snapitncover 3 years ago

    cracking shot!

  • Thank you. Glad you like it.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    It look as though the sunflower has just jumped up in front of you and thrown its hands in the air for your shot lol ! it adds a lovely contrast to the blue and the ruggedness of the scene behind ,great capture Michael

  • Just the effect I was looking for Trudi. It was one of those ‘Turn around & grab that shot’ moments. Thanks for the compliment & fave.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoover 3 years ago

    wow looks like a 3D, good one Mike!

  • Thanks Felix.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Nice work Michael !

  • Thanks Trish.

    – Michael Matthews

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 3 years ago

    Great shot Michael. Wonderful contrast between the mill and flower.

  • Thanks John. I thought it was so typically Australian.

    – Michael Matthews

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