Fabulous Flannel Flower

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love bushwalking. It is one of my favourite things to do and Sydney is full of wonderful bush walks. Living near the ocean, I often walk around the beautiful headlands and one of the joys is the abundance of the Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi) at this time of year. As one of the few “soft” native wildflowers, it is understandable why it is so popular in wedding arrangements and specialty floral designs. It’s velvety texture spells pure luxury. I have photographed them with a Canon Macro lens (100 ml) and focus stacked the images where I felt it created more interest. Printed at large scale, the detail of these highly textured flowers really stands out. To me, these just get more beautiful with age.