Sweet Pea...Desert Style by Helen Vercoe


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Nikon D90 18-200mm VR lens @ 95mm ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/14000, RAW

Floral Emblem of South Australia

Sturt’s Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa, was adopted as the floral emblem of South Australia on 23 November 1961, using the name Clianthus formosus.

Sturt’s Desert Pea occurs in arid woodlands and on open plains, often as an ephemeral following heavy rain. It is able to withstand the marked extremes of temperature experienced in inland deserts, and light frosts are tolerated by established plants.

Sturt’s Desert Pea is protected in South Australia. The flowers and plants must not be collected on private land without the written consent of the owner. Collection on Crown land is illegal without a permit.


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  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful colour, Helen!

  • Many thanks, again David :)

    – Helen Vercoe

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured and documented!!

  • Cheers for the kind words D :)

    – Helen Vercoe

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayalmost 2 years ago

    Welll shot, always a good subject if you can get pristine blooms like this…heading into the botanic gardens tomorrow late AM with Adam dutkiewicz (The Art Critic), so if you want to join us, feel free to send me a bmail.

  • Thanks Ben – yes have been very lucky to get such amazingly healthy blooms….they are a stunning little flower.

    – Helen Vercoe

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful vibrant shot

  • Appreciate your feedback K – no wonder they are called Sweet Peas……as they are very sweet looking little things :)

    – Helen Vercoe

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 2 years ago

    many congrats .. beautiful photo

  • Thanks LoneAngel! Well chuffed to be recognised with such wonderful images :)

    – Helen Vercoe

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful image…..

  • Thanks Thomas :)

    – Helen Vercoe

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 2 years ago

    Wow, I would like to have that kind around here…beautiful!

  • Many thanks Poete100 – they are a unique bloom aren’t they?! :)

    – Helen Vercoe

  • lezvee
    lezvee11 months ago

    9th September 2013

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