COAST PLOVER-DAISY, LEIOCARPA SUPINE. As I scrambled across rocks along the coast in Deep Creek Conservation Park in search of the last coast plover-daisy flowers for the season, I came across one about to shed seed. A gentle puff of wind and the seeds were set free from the ripe seed head. Deep Creek Conservation Park, South Australia.
    Nikon D90, AF-S VR Micro, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/60, f/50, Nikon wireless remote speedlight set – three SB-R200 speedlights, attachment ring SX-1, handheld

    Photo Credit: Clive Chesson

    PARASOL MUSHROOMS, MACROLEPIOTA PROCERA. In early spring I found a pile of wood-chip mulch covered in these delicate parasol mushrooms. Each morning for a week I was up early, pushing my macro lens through the fungal forest as golden light bloomed behind with the sunrise. Lake McDonald Botanical Gardens, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
    Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon 100mm macro lens, 1/800, f/3.5, ISO 800, handheld

    Photo Credit: Raoul Slater

    UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES. Deep in the Tasmanian wilderness remains some of Australia’s most pristine forest. This aesthetic Myrtle Glade cloaked in mountain mist portrays some of the finest representation of primeval vegetation, which is constantly saturated in life-filled moisture and rich in ambience. Southwest National Park, Tasmania. Nikon 800E, 17mm, 1/60, f/18 ISO 200, tripod

    Photo Credit: Ted Mead

    SMOKY TEA TREE, LEPTOSPERMUM GLAUCESCENS. Although the combination of wildflowers and mountains is nothing new, I was fortunate enough to find these flowers at their peak condition on a windless day, allowing for a very long exposure in twilight.
    Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II, 125, f/18, ISO 100, Really Right Stuff TQC 14 tripod,
    BH-30 ball head

    Photo Credit: Kah Kit Yoong

    EUCALYPTUS PAUCIFLORA. The bold lines and striking colours of the snow gums caught my eye, but in the misty light and with no tripod, I had to trust a steady hand. Mt Baw Baw, Victoria. Canon PowerShot G12, 1/25, f/8 ISO 200, handheld

    Photo Credit: Libby Sandiford

    LEMON-SCENTED GUM, CORYMBIA CITRIODORA. Lemon-scented gum shed their bark each summer. Little blisters appear, then burst and peel up, revealing shades of beetroot, caramel, asparagus and lime. Some of the outside bark hangs for a while, but in the end it all drops off to reveal a smooth creamy coat. Urrbrae, South Australia. Pentax K10D, Sigma 17-70mm, 1/30, f1/16, ISO 100, handheld

    Photo Credit: Murry Unkovich

    CRACK WILLOW, SALIX FRAGILIS. On my first trip to New Zealand, I travelled to Lake Wanaka specifically to photograph the willow in the lake. With a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, the lone bonsai-like willow tree stands in the stillness of Lake Wanaka at dusk. Lake Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand. Canon EOS 5D Mk II, EF17-40mm f/4 L USM, 78, f/9, ISO 100, Manfrotto tripod

    Photo Credit: Marc Lynch

    XANTHORRHOEA SP. Rarely visited pockets of forest wilderness – like this expansive patch of Australian grass trees in flower, near the eastern park boundary¬† – are a welcome surprise in a park that’s better known for its boating and camping. Lower Glenelg National Park, Victoria. Nikon D600, Nikkor 16-25mm f4, 1/500, f/8, ISO 800, tripod, circular polariser

    Photo Credit: Jason Freeman

    UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES. These moss spores on their stalks reminded me of a flock of birds, with their heads bowed in the afternoon sun. Perth, Western Australia. Nikon D7100 in Nauticam housing, Nikkor 105mm macro plus Canon 250D close-up, 1/125, f/10, ISO 200, Ikelite housing, handheld

    Photo Credit: Bird

    TRIBONANTHES SP. This tiny remnant is surrounded by houses and a road but in late spring has an abundance of ephemerals and geophytes. To highlight the Tribonanthes against the pink swath of bladderworts, I used a long lens and shallow depth of field. Albany, Western Australia. Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 50-200mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/640, f/4, ISO 400, Manfrotto tripod, Acratech ball head

    Photo Credit: Libby Sandiford

ANZANG 2014 Botanical shortlist

By AG STAFF | August 19, 2014

These images are short-listed for the 2014 ANZANG Nature Photographer of the year contest Botanical category.