If winter in Australia has a scent, it is the warm honeyed smell of the wattle tree. It reminds me of winter sunshine. The perfume is subtle and the flowering of this particular wattle tree is short lived, just a few weeks, then other varieties of wattle bloom and there are fuzzy yellow flowers through until spring.
I have a Cootamundra Wattle Acacia baileyana tree in a pot on my balcony and I took a sprig and put it in a vase, set up my camera and tripod and set about trying to capture these little puffs of yellow.
I had an unexpected visitor..
He posed for a while then decided he'd modelled for long enough and hid away.
These shots are about as detailed as I can get with my 24-70mm lens.
After much thinking - and saving - I have lashed out and ordered a dedicated 100mm macro lens. I'll be a while before it gets here, because it was less expensive to get it over the internet but it's a thing of beauty and it will be worth the wait.
Hope you are having a good weekend,