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Tasmanian sassafras flower

The Tasmanian sassafras is one of the most common trees in the Tasmanian rainforest and produces a beautiful flower which ends up covering the forest floor in September after falling from the rainforest canopy. I like to photograph the fallen flowers which invariably seem to find their way to a nice resting place on a bed of moss deep in the Tasmanian rainforest. These shots are from one of my favourite short walks in Tasmania, Philosopher Falls.

Tasmanian sassafras Atherosperma moschatum flower

Tasmanian sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum) flower in a bed of moss.


Tasmanian sassafras flower in the moss near Philosopher Falls

Tasmanian sassafras flower in the moss near Philosopher Falls


Close up of the sassafras flower

Close up of the beautiful colouring inside the  sassafras flower.


Moss and sassafras flower, Tarkine

The moss framed the flower perfectly 🙂

These shots were mostly taken quite wide open (eg aperture f2.8~5.6) in order to show the main features of the flower while also creating a dreamy, blurred out background.

If you’d like to join me at Philosopher Falls, check out my upcoming photography workshops – both my Cradle Mountain and Tarkine trips include a half day session in this wonderful patch of rainforest.

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.