GREVILLEA ‘LITTLE DRUMMER BOY’ (Grevillea lanigera), or WOOLLY GREVILLEA, is one of my favourite early flower images made in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.
…..and one of the most ‘stolen’ of my flower images. I just found another 2 websites who have used this image without my permission.
Perhaps I should be flattered.
But why can’t people do me the curtesy of at least asking if they may use one of my images.
I’ve got about 7-8 images used by professional bodies (with my permission) or even a young street photographer who asked if he could use one of my B & W images as the header on his website, (which surprised me as I’d have thought he would want to use one of his own, but he was just starting a website and has probably substituted one of his own by now). I’m happy to share if people ask, but I do like to be asked first.
I do like people to at least credit me as the photographer too.
Anyway, this lovely woolly low-growing Grevillea is a great ground-cover endemic to the eastern coast of Australia. It’s one of the ‘spider’ flowered Grevilleas. It flowers in Winter and Spring and has really soft grey-green foliage. It may be 8 1/2 years since I took this image with my first little Canon point & shoot – my first camera when I took up Photography as a hobby – but surprisingly, despite my novice status, I still think it’s one of the best flower photos I’ve made which shows great detail.
There are something like 350 Grevilleas which grow in every part of Australia, but I’ve only photographed about 5 different varieties. The other 4 varieties I’ve got in my Grevillea folder are of the ‘toothbrush’ flowered Grevilleas. The honeyeaters love their nectar.
They’re pretty drought-hardy and benefit from a light prune after flowering.