I have been out walking a lot lately, pounding the pavement, training for the 50km walk I plan to do in November.
Lining the roads and footpaths are quite plain, non-descript looking bushes, the type you often don’t notice.
This past week they have burst into flower. Now before you go expecting gorgeous floaty petals in violets and pinks with splashes of yellow.
These bushes are called Callistemon, also know as Bottle Brush by us Aussies.
The branches tend to droop, the Bottle Brush flowers gently swaying and hovering above your head as you wander by.
Usually I don’t have my camera when I see them, this is serious walking training remember. Today I decided to grab Miss Fancy Pants Camera and go take a closer look.
These are the tight little buds ready to spring open
Here they are in various stages, fascinating.
Here is a fully opened Bottle Brush flower
Then it happened, as I knelt down to examine the bush more closely look who popped his head out to say hello.
Gorgeous isn’t he. Thankfully not camera-shy either.
Nature at her most unusual, colourful and to my delight unpredictable.
My up close encounter, a fragile moment of natural bliss.
What have you stopped to admire in your neighbourhood lately?
This is Day 16 of my 31 days of Captured Bliss