Swainsona Formosa - Sturt's Desert Pea by Rosalie Dale

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Spring-flowering Swainsona Formosa, otherwise known as Sturt’s Desert Pea, the floral emblem for South Australia, is one of Australia’s spectacular native flowers. This specimen was shot in Mt Annan Botanical Gardens about an hour’s drive from Sydney, September 2010.

Nikon D5000
Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Shutter priority
Spot metering
JPEG, with minimal processing in CS3
SOLD a poster 31.1.13
FEATURED in All About Flowers Group Sept 2010
FEATURED in Spring Blooms Group Sept 2010



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  • SharonD
    SharonDalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous flower Rosalie, I wonder if they’d survive our Winters here. Beautiful capture.

  • They are a new addition to Mt Annan – never saw them on previous visits. If they can survive Camden winters, I’d suspect they’d survive Coota. It gets very cold. Surprisingly thesebushes are only maybe 6 or 8" inches tall. Apparently out in the Pilbara they do get to a metre or two tall but these are more prostrate growers. The only effective way to shoot them is flat on the ground!!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • GailD
    GailDalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful Rosalie. I’m hoping to shoot some one day.

  • It was a real surprise to come across them at Mt Annan Gail – new addition to their gardens, and I’d never seen them in the ‘flesh’ before! They are certainly unique and vibrant. Thanks Gail

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent shot they are a great looking flower and very unique.

  • Thanks for the fav Steven!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Loreto Bautista Jr.
    Loreto Bautist...almost 4 years ago

    Great shot..vibrant colours and clear details. I see you got the D5000, I"m really itching to have one. How do you rate it? Been researching it on the internet, torn between the D90 and D5000. Really can’t make up what to get yet.

  • I bought a second hand D80 – found it far to heavy for me! So sold it to Sarah and bought the D5000 – excellent little unit (especially with the prime lens!). Not sure that you will find the D90 a massive improvement on the D5000. Let me know what you decide.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonalmost 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness, it looks like something from outer space, such a beautiful colour Rosalie and I like the angle with them against the blue sky, gorgeous image :o)xx

  • They are amazing – they apparently call the red ‘petals’ keels! Thanks for the enthusiastic encouragement Josie.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous work, perfectly captured!

  • Many thanks Denis for the fav – I am honoured

    – Rosalie Dale

  • JeffStockton
    JeffStocktonalmost 4 years ago

    They’re beautifull. I like how you have the one in the b/ground included in the shot,rising just above the bark & a good adjustment to have it slightly blurred. It really stands out against the blue sky,nicely captured R

  • The plants are so short, they are not too easy to shoot so it is ‘down and dirty’, or nothing!! The little prime lens is great for this type of shot. So pleased you like my ‘portrait’ of the Desert Pea Jeff … thank you!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • satwant
    satwantalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely flower. Captured beautifully and angle of shooting is appreciable. Very well exposed. Well done Rosalie.

  • Bill Fonseca
    Bill Fonsecaalmost 4 years ago

    Got to be happy with that one Rosalie. Very sharp image and good POV.

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthalmost 4 years ago

    WOW, what an interesting looking plant, excellent

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