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Updated on November 27, 2017

My Favourite Nature Images

I'd like to share with you some of the beautiful flower and nature images I've found on the net, or have photographed myself, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

The photo below is a bird of paradise flower in my garden. It took a few years before it actually produced a bloom, but this year, I had two flower stalks. It looks very exotic.

Bird of paradise flower.
Bird of paradise flower. | Source

Shy Violets

Violets.
Violets. | Source

Here are just a few of the violet flowers in my garden. The white aren't growing as much as the others, but they are hanging in there, and here they are hiding amongst the iris leaves. The purple violets like my garden so much I have to clear some out every year, as they spread so easily. The have a beautiful perfume too.

Bougainvillea

Growing beautifully.
Growing beautifully. | Source

About the Bougainvillea

This bougainvillea is about three years old, and when it was planted, it was only about 30 centimetres (12 inches) in height. It's certainly doing well at the moment, and the weather we've been having, hot and humid, suits it very well.

Bougainvilleas are a tropical and sub-tropical plant, from South America.

Wild Tortoise

Tortoise at an archeological site.
Tortoise at an archeological site. | Source

While we were in Greece, a few years ago, we were lucky enough to see a couple of wild tortoises in one of the archeological sites.

This one was obviously heading somewhere, so we followed to see where it was going. It went under a small bridge, where we think it would have spent the heat of the day, resting up after eating in the cool of the morning. It was only about 9.30 am when we saw it, and that Greek sun can get very hot.

Cherry Blossom

My cherry tree in bloom.
My cherry tree in bloom. | Source

Spring was arriving when this photo was taken, and the cherry trees were blossoming.

Sometimes I manage to get to the fruit before the birds eat them all, but they are pretty fast off the mark. The fruit bats call around often too, in harvest season, and the apple and plum trees are prime targets.

An Attractive Geranium

Mauve Geranium.
Mauve Geranium. | Source

This morning, wandering around the garden, I found this geranium in flower, and wanted to share it with you. Although I'm not a huge fan of these plants, they are great for filling in a difficult spot, and they are very easy to care for, so I have a few scattered around the garden. This one is a particularly nice colour.

My Favourite Ti-Tree

Copper ti-tree.
Copper ti-tree. | Source

This is a ti-tree in my front garden. It has very dark leaves, and when it flowers, it looks magnificent.

Here you can hardly see the leaves because it's flowering so heavily. This shrub was infested with grubs the year before the photo was taken, and was cut back severely. Fortunately, it survived to flower again.

Parrot at Healesville

Parrot at Healesville, near Melbourne.
Parrot at Healesville, near Melbourne. | Source

I'm not sure what type of parrot this is, but he posed beautifully for us. I think he's eating a small piece of fruit. We were spending a few hours at Healesville Sanctuary, a section of the Melbourne Zoo devoted to Australian native animals.

At Healesville you can walk through some very natural seeming aviaries, and get very close to the birds, as they are used to people.

Javan File Snake

Javan File Snake, Melbourne Zoo.
Javan File Snake, Melbourne Zoo. | Source

These snakes are really difficult to see, even at the zoo, where this photo was taken. Most times, when we've looked for it, the animal has been too well hidden. This was a lucky shot. (Sorry about the flash reflection)

Javan File Snakes live in the tropics, and are found in the North of Australia. They are used as food by the indigenous people of the area.

Banksia Flower

Banksias are one of our iconic flowers here in Australia. This is a close-up of one flowerhead on my Banksia spinulosa. (At least, that's what I think it is- I'm always losing or mixing up the labels.)

When this shot was taken, this banksia was recovering after having been cut back quite a bit, but it seems to be happy about it. Perhaps all the rain we had at the time helped, after the drought of the previous 10 years or so.

Another Wild Tortoise

Tortoise at breakfast.
Tortoise at breakfast. | Source

Here's another tortoise from our trip to Greece. This particular one has obviously just finished its breakfast; you can see grass hanging out of its mouth.

From what I've been able to find out, it is a marginated tortoise (Testudo marginata), which are found in the Mediterranean area. I've also seen similar animals near Hammamet, in Turkey.

Rosella In My Plum Tree

Cheeky Rosella.
Cheeky Rosella. | Source

Rosellas are just one of the animals and birds that come to my back garden and help themselves to my fruit. We've had musk lorikeets, rosellas, fruit bats, possums, blackbirds, wattle-birds, and others. So long as we get some of the fruit, they're welcome!

Wreathflower - An Unusual West Australian plant

Wreathflower in full bloom.
Wreathflower in full bloom. | Source

While we were in West Australia, we discovered the existence of these beautiful and unusual flowers. They only seem to grow in one area, and look exactly like a wreath, which is how they got their name.

The Visitor Centre in Millewa told us about them, and we were really glad we made the detour from Geralton to Millewa, as they are worth seeing. Sometimes there are a lot of them visible in the Spring, but some years there don't seem to be many at all. Maybe it depends on the rainfall.

West Australian Wildflowers - Leschenaultia

Leschenaultia
Leschenaultia

This caught my eye on a trip to the Perth Botanic Gardens recently. It's a brilliant blue, and I'd love to have some in my garden, but the soil doesn't suit them.

We saw some growing in the wild as well, along with so many other wildflowers. West Australia is truly lucky in the amount and variety of their flora.

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Daffodils

Daffodils in bloom.
Daffodils in bloom. | Source

I love spring flowers, and daffodils are among my favourites of all time. They don't seem to do well in my garden, however - perhaps it's the clay soil. The multi-coloured hybrids are the type I like best, and they never come up again, so I'll have to stick with the ordinary varieties.


Cowslips - Primula veris or Primula officinalis Hill

English cowslip.
English cowslip. | Source

Cowslips are native to Europe - I remember seeing hundreds of them in fields in England when I was a child.

This particular plant I found as a seedling in a herb shop in Melbourne, Australia, and it lasted for quite a few years. Currently I'm trying to find another, or some seeds.

A Couple of Finches

Hard to spot finches.
Hard to spot finches. | Source

Although I don't know what kind of finch these are, I thought you might like the picture. I took it in the Butterfly House at the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens. It's really lush in there, and the temperature is tropical. The finches are quite well camouflaged, aren't they?

Calla Lillies - Zantedeschia

Callas.
Callas. | Source

Although they are commonly called "calla lilies" these flowers are not really lilies, but belong to the Zantedeschia species.

The picture is a newly planted bunch of callas in my garden. Hopefully, they'll reproduce and spread around that area.

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    • sha-ron profile image

      sha-ron 4 years ago

      I love the Daffodil and the wreath flower. Great pictures

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Beautiful. I love being out in nature. Once I nearly had the opportunity to visit Australia.

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      josietook 4 years ago

      I love the tortoise.

    • mel-kav profile image

      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Enjoyed the beautiful photos! I really love those blue flowers. Thank you for sharing. Nature photos are my favorites.

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      ReviewsRS 4 years ago

      Looking at those spring flowers coming out reminds me of approaching winter here in the Northern Hemisphere. Never even knew a Ti-Tree existed, best looking colour on your lens.

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      KathyZ1 4 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

      What a gorgeous lens! Love it!!

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      It's spring here in New Zealand and the flowers are just like your pictures.

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      Amanda_Revel 4 years ago

      A great lens with some really beautiful pictures.

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