Sunflowers...lots of sunflowers

Out near Killarney, Qld.

Today's trip saw us go out to the Goomburra section of the Main Range National Park, and then south to the Falls Drive, to take in a couple of waterfalls, including Queen Mary Falls. On the way there, we passed through Killarney and spied this field of Sunflowers.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 3rd April 2010, This photo: 12:02pm

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  • [ Kane ] said:
    Ohhh, yeah, wicked.... something I still need to shoot...
  • Adam Randell said:
    Awesome colours David!! Perfect sky for the sunflowers to look at mate.
  • chooks! said:
    Wonderful scene David :-)
  • Phil Rettke Photography said:
    Very nice Dave, I grew up about ten minutes from this property on a farm at Emu Vale. Drove past these Friday morning and they look pretty awesome. Well captured.
  • 309a Maria said:
    Beautiful image! Magic colours. The flowers pop out of the frame.
  • { Lins } said:
    Wow, stunning!
  • TimCz said:
    Nice! Will have to check it out myself.
  • SkattyKat said:
    awesome shot Dave
  • James Lagden said:
    Nice. Well worth the trip.
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Great shot dave
  • Xenedis said:
    Nice. Haven't seen a scene like that myself.
  • Dylan Toh said:
    gotta love this one dave - they look so much more storybook than when taken in the dawn lighting palette
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah I tried one a week ago, but it wasn't really what I wanted, whereas this field was perfect (rising up the hill as it does).
    Quite so Adam - 'twas pleased to see them facing the right way.
    Thanks :)
    Thanks Phil, it's a nice area. I spent some time in Warwick in the late '90s but never visited Killarney, now I've done it two weeks running!
    Thanks :)
    Definitely caught my eye enough to pull over and shoot it ;-)
    'tis worth a drive out that way, lots to see really.
    Thanks Kath :) I'm slowing building up a list of locations in that area - might be good for a meet at some stage.
    Indeed James. :) We even managed a couple of walks during the day (total distance of about 2.8km - somewhat out of shape I discovered today).
    Thanks Tim!
    Well you are the quintessential Sydney city-slicker :P
    Not bad for a midday-ish shoot. I generally avoid the harsh noon sun, but have found recently that it's still possible to get decent images during that time of day.
  • MΛЯK said:
    Spectacular! Would love to catch a scene like this.
  • sjmc1 said:
    Awsome scape dave :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Now's the time of year to do it Mark. Wide lens, Polariser and a trip to the country is all you need ;-)
    Thanks Steve :)
  • Ross_M said:
    Gorgeous Dave!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Ross - spied a Wedge-tail in a tree this morning. Stopped the car, got out, grabbed the camera, wandered towards the tree - about 30m out it decided I was too close and took off - I hadn't checked the camera and thus proceeded to shoot a 10sec shot in broad daylight. d'oh!
  • Gareth Gorman said:
    Classic, classic, classic Dave. Wonderfully crisp and colourful shot. Who cares about the rule of thirds when the scenery and sky beg to get equal billing.
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite so Gareth. I tried the rule of thirds, it works too, but loses some of the rich blues at the top and gives a much narrower presentation. They're more like guidelines rather than rules anyway ;-)
  • kth_friend said:
    what a lovely location, great shot
    Seen in some comments. (?)
  • vonaviza said:
    Very similar landscape in Russia. High quality photo!
  • darvidanoar said:
    Nice one. I love how they just seem to go on forever.
  • 1Rover1 said:
    Looks like thousands of faces all looking at you! Great photo, nice colours.
    I've done this trip a few times hoping to see sunflowers but never seemed to be there at the right time of year.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Really ? I never would have thought so, but I guess sunflowers are grown all over the place.
    They definitely seemed to go on forever when standing next to them ;-)
  • chamellieon said:
    makes me want to ditch my family for easter and head there!
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Oh yeah, Dave, looks great, I'll have to check it out sometime for sure.
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe I'm sure they'll understand ;-)
    Worth exploring out that way Matt.
  • baar_01 said:
    Really nice mate. I shot one a month or so ago, but it was after heavy rain so all the flowers were damaged :(
  • twenty90seven said:
    nice small fluffy clouds, perfect scene overall
  • ronnietan15 said:
    wow. theyre all looking at your for the shot ;)
  • SkattyKat said:
    Dave, a meet up sounds good ....
  • David de Groot said:
    Obviously one has to pick ones time - however, no such planning went into this one ;-)
    Thanks :)
    Yeah, there's a couple more places I want to check out down that way.
  • mike costolo said:
    A post card shot if I've ever seen one. Good stuff.
  • vonaviza said:
    So it is. And the sky is the same ...
  • pohuman said:
    Wonderful shot!
  • dtmateojr said:
    WOW!!!! Simply fantastic!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Michael. 'tis somewhat iconic eh?
    Thanks :)
    Taken while you were stuck in Sydney airport I think.
  • Richard.Fisher said:
    Beautifully composed David.
  • Simon Diete said:
    Nice one David, I love how the sunflowers roll over the hill. Great work :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Richard :)
    'twas a fortuitous find.
  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
  • rattus1979 said:
    I'm so chuffed to see this, I was planning a trip out there again soon, and now I know the sunflowers are out, I'm just going to have to put the trip forwards :D
    I just hope I can get a shot that comes close to this.
  • twenty90seven said:
    did u see the front page of the courier mail today. pic of kids in a sunflower field on the darling downs. not sure if it was the same farm as this one or not.
  • David de Groot said:
    Pretty much ;-)
    Yeah they're in full bloom at the moment in some areas, but already dying off and ready for harvest in others.
    Good luck!
    I did indeed - I believe it's a different area (they're grown all over the Downs).
  • andrew katic said:
    thats a awesome shot dave.great would look good on a wall
  • einesonne said:
    That is absolutely beautiful!
  • Reedy Photography (michaelglenreed) said:
    Awesome dave, i'm heading out that way tomorrow to shoot them :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah I reckon it would :)
    Thanks :)
    Good luck, they should still be in bloom.
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Stunning longview!
  • thetaipan said:
    Very pleasant - I went through some fields not long ago, but they'd already gone dark and droopy, not quite this photographically appealing! Just so nice.
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Nifty eh ? :)
    Yeah there are a few around that have turned and are ready for harvest - luckily this one wasn't :)
  • Maggon1 said:
    Wow, nice shot. I didn't know we had fields like these here in Oz.
  • michelle passardi said:
    aaaaaaaaaah....i LOVE sunflowers :D
    really great picture...i wish i could be there XD
  • JohannesMayr said:
    great Pic
    amazing colors!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep we sure do - just need to head out into the southern Darling Downs region around this time of year. :)
    They are definitely an happy flower :)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Awesome, I love sunflowers and this is a great shot of them :D
  • Bumblebee Photo said:
    Oh Wow!!! This is amazing! I hope I find someplace half as beautiful as this on my upcoming trip to Australia!
  • Kirpernicus said:
    Wow, as far as the eye can see and gorgeous sky too. Beautiful work.
    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Eye Candy!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Sunflowers always give the impression of summer.
    Pick your time well and it's easy. It's towards the end of the sunflower season now, but they'll be back around late spring (Oct onwards).
    Thanks :)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    They certainly do - they're such a happy flower :D
  • Arubaato said:
    I'm another Sydney City-slicker and this is beautiful. Fav.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • anoldent said:
    Truely amazing field.
  • Balázs Papdi said:
    It is a wonderful landscape. A big fave!
  • John_Armytage said:
    Beautiful... A few of us are heading into Western NSW to shoot at a Sunflower Farm this weekend.