Flannel flowers at Hat Head by girlie

Flannel flowers at Hat Head

Nothing says Spring in the NSW bush more than these iconic flowers. The Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi, meaning 'furnished with rays') thrives in sandy soil in the coastal heathlands, especially after bushfires. The recent fire at Hat Head has prompted these beauties to flower alongside the road leading to the village. They are not related to daisies, although very much alike in appearance. They feel like flannel to the touch. They are very popular models for cake decorators when making flowers for wedding cakes.
i really love the composition of this shot! the flower is beautiful itself, but the angle and focus makes it even better!
September 25th, 2010  
Very attractive flowers and pleasing composition!
September 25th, 2010  
Gorgeous, rowdy little flowers.
September 25th, 2010  
Such beautiful little flowers. Happy spring to you down under!
September 25th, 2010  
I love this neat photo, beautiful flowers and the heart warming story behind their growth.
September 25th, 2010  
Thanks everyone.
September 25th, 2010  
they look like stars:). thank's for all your comments Robin:).
September 25th, 2010  
Robin, a definite favorite! One of your best.
September 25th, 2010  
lovely, lovely, lovely!
September 25th, 2010  
Thanks Rieva and Isis; @John, thanks for the fav., high praise coming from you!
September 25th, 2010  
Great view of these beautiful flowers. I want to touch them! Wow! And the fact that they sprout up after bushfires...what a little miracle!
September 25th, 2010  
thanks robin...19 years of wedded bliss...and some ups and downs too! ;)
September 25th, 2010  
Never seen this kind of flower before! Nicely captured also!
September 25th, 2010  
Beautiful in every respect - I love it!
September 25th, 2010  
I have never seen one of these flowers, nice picture.
September 26th, 2010  
These are beautiful. It's amazing the flowers that come out following fires. Nice Shot!!!
September 26th, 2010  
Thanks, Carolyn, Marna, Ellen, Becky and molizard.
September 26th, 2010  
Fabulous shot and a fav for me!
September 26th, 2010  
And I just saw this on the popular page!
September 26th, 2010  
This is so lovely x
September 26th, 2010  
very good. They look as cool as the story behind them.
September 26th, 2010  
fav'd it cause FF are one of my all time fav native (little) flower. put it up as B&P21
September 29th, 2010  
These are beautiful - you captured them perfectly!
September 29th, 2010  
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