Perth Wildflower Festival
October 2004

Each year, the Perth/King's Park wildflower festival comes around, showing off some of the wildflowers in King's Park itself and that can be enticed to grow in pots within the festival enclosure. This year, the attractions included a talk by Steve Parish on his nature phototography experiences and philosophy.

So inspired, I spent a few hours wandering around the displays trying to find arrangements that seemed to work. All the photos below were taken with a Nikon D70 with either the 18-70 kit lens or an AF 105mm f/2.8 micro lens.

Kangaroo Paws

One of the species of this, the boring red and green one, is the floral emblem of Western Australia. I believe they're unique to Australia as a species though. The wildflower festival had at least half a dozen different species around the place, but these were the most interesting.

Individual Flowers

Individual flower shots taken at the various displays. Even a shot of a bee coming in to land. I'd have to suggest anyone allgeric to bees didn't try to do close-up photography at this wildflower festival.

Fields of Pink

Or yellow, or green. Shots of groups of flowers that go on forever. This is where a closer-focussing wide-angle lens would have been really handy.

© Bruce Murphy 2004