It’s been raining on and off all day today.
Just enough to keep the lounge sliding door and windows 97% closed. With no apartment or balcony roof above mine, the rain comes straight in if they’re open, which is a great disadvantage for someone like me who loves fresh air……..even in the depths of Winter.
I thought it was timely to share an image of my Pelargonium which has 2 blooms at the moment and is absolutely stunning. I nearly lost it the first year (2016) as I mistakenly watered it. As each leaf yellowed and covered in black spots, I’d pluck the leaf off……. (and stopped watering it of course).
It nearly died, but lots of TLC brought it around and while it was decimated by about 95%, it is now well on the way to recovery and being a true beauty.
I now water it every ‘Blue Moon‘ 😀
I went outdoors between showers earlier today and took a couple of shots on the Aperture Priority setting with the white balance setting on ‘cloudy’ (for the photographers among you) – normally I leave the White Balance on Auto. I could see on the LCD screen on the camera rear for a change and noted that the images were over-exposed and the colour much too red, so I switched to Manual Mode and did a little more adjusting in-camera – something I haven’t done for years. I admit I can be a little lazy when it comes to the technicalities of Photography. I love the creative side of Photography, but have little interest in the technical workings of my cameras.
2 more shots on manual mode brought me closer to the real colour, if not perfect.
I then spent about an hour fiddling with all the basic sliders trying to get a truly 100% accurate colour. While I admit I don’t have the eyesight for finely detailed photo editing, the dull light of the day (and my lounge room), gave me surprisingly better viewing on my 27″ screen. I actually enjoyed the challenge of trying to edit the flower into its true colour.
While I might have got sharper focus if I’d put the DSLR on my tripod, I was more than happy with the end result, even if the camera was covered with fine rain spots.
The ‘Survivor’ series of Pelargoniums resists poor weather, extreme heat and tolerates drought. I should have read the label again after repotting it the first time. These bushy plants have BIG flowers which are available in a wide range of intense and pastel colours.
Flowering throughout the warmer months they are ideal for patio pots, mixed planters and hanging baskets.
I remove the spent flowers as soon as I spot them, although I must admit to forgetting about fertilising regularly as the plant label recommends. But then…..I’m an amateur photographer, not a gardener (as some of you might think).