A different view
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|I couldn't resist posting this image. It's not technically perfect but I thought the view was interesting.|
Again my lovely Turk's Caps have done their job, seducing models to my yard. :)
The following is from http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/county/smith/tips/flowers/turkscap.html
Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. Drummondii) is a native shrub of both Texas and Mexico. Also known as Drummond wax-mallow, it attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and moths. It has a woody or semi-woody base and many stems, with leaves that are large, notched and slightly fuzzy. It goes especially well in a more casual garden. It is usually 2 to 4 feet tall but may reach 8 to 9 feet in the sun; it will get about as wide as it is tall.
Turk's Cap flowers are generally red but they also come in white and pink. They bloom from May to November with flowers appearing every day in the warm weather. The flowers are tightly furled and the stamens and pistils protrude, enticing hummingbirds to feed. Other birds are attracted to the plant's small red fruits that resemble cherries or tiny apples. When the fruit is ripe it splits into five carpels, each containing one seed. Fresh, untreated seeds can be planted. You have to be alert to capture the fruits before they are devoured by birds or other wildlife. Turk's Cap may also be propagated by soft-wood cuttings or root divisions and it will colonize by self-layering.
Turk's Cap prefers well-drained fertile soil but will adapt to a wide range of soils, locations and moisture levels. It thrives in both alkaline and acid settings, in semi-shade or full sun, and can be quite drought tolerant. In full sun it gets taller and leggier and makes a nice background plant in a border. If kept cut back, Turk's Cap can be used as a tall groundcover.
Turk's Cap is a perennial shrub that is evergreen and ever-blooming in the Valley and Mexico. In East Texas it dies back after the first hard frost. It should then be cut back to the ground and mulched heavily.
Virginia Young, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas Cooperative Extension
If you like red and are looking for a reliable, easy-to-grow plant, consider Turk's Cap (Malvaviseus arboreus). Its name is derived from the shape of the small blooms it produces continuously from early summer through late fall. A pistil protrudes above the petals that are loosely rolled to somewhat resemble a delicate rosebud. The dark green heart-shaped leaves of this hibiscus family member are large and provide an interesting contrast to the brilliantly colored, hummingbird-enticing flower.
Allow four to five feet for this shrub-like perennial, which can also grow four to five feet tall. It is easily started from transplants in spring or early summer. When established, it will come back freely each spring after dying to the ground in the winter. Sun or part sun will insure the healthiest growth and flower production. A minimum of water, fertilizer, and maintenance is required, and it will tolerate a variety of soils. Few diseases and pests trouble this old-time favorite of Texas gardeners.
Judy Chance, Smith County Master Gardener
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Vivid color saturation in the beautiful flower. Nice detail. I like the head on POV here. Just could have used a little more DOF, but it is a good composition.
Aha! You have been busy with the camera. Your style has change..Not worse...better. Very nice saturation and complimenting colors. Very nice picture Angelina.
- [2007-10-21 12:36]
Hi Ange. Just marking your very good photo as i am very short of time.
- [2007-10-21 15:31]
Nice presentation.Colors are outstanding.POD is very good and I love all the details you had captured on the front portion of your image,
- [2007-10-21 15:32]
Just marking - back later.
Hi Angelina. This has beautiful swirls of colour, and a really good angle on the butterfly. It is technically correct if you are shooting the flower. I just like composition a lot. Maybe that's what you saw too.
Keep 'em coming.
Have a nice week.
Another beautiful POV of this butterfly over this beautiful hibiscus like flower. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
super macro, de belles et nettes couleurs
bon détails sur un bon BG flou
bravo et merci a toi
- [2007-10-22 12:01]
selam angy; excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely butterfly and flower .nice pov with splendid colours. well presented pose
Well done my friend!
yes i love the pov of your image,
nice background too and nice saturation on the red color
I notice you have some sort of red splash in almost all images on the latest page!
Besides, this is an interesting point of view, fine details in the subject(s)...
A well composed presentation, the tiny tilt adds dynamics!
- [2009-01-26 23:26]
Terrific close-up with wonderful subject. I am amazed with superb sunlight, fine rich colours and crisp sharpness of the flower and leaf. Diagonal composition of the image is very impressive too. Well done and TFS.