PELARGONIUM Survivor

It’s been raining on and off all day today.

Not heavy.

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).

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8 thoughts on “PELARGONIUM Survivor

  1. It really is something, the way plants can come back from injury, disease, poor conditions, and such. This is a beauty, for sure. I was interested in your note about automatic white balance, too. I was out yesterday and didn’t do myself any favors by forgetting to change the white balance when conditions changed radically. I’m on a littlle two-day jaunt into a new area of Texas which is mostly pine forest, and when I was looking at what would have been great photos, I realized they’re noisy because I had the ISO so high. If I hadn’t mistakenly forgotten to change the white balance from sunny to cloudy, things would have been better. I’m going to try auto today and see how it goes.

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    1. The AUTO White Balance certainly leaves many images in need of ‘tweaking’ to warm them up. I just can’t seem to remember to change it to sunny, cloudy, shady and so on (when outdoors)

      The ISO I do remember to change, although my cameras usually show too much noise over about 800. Having said that, I have taken some decent shots at 1600 and 3200 in deep shade, but now I’ve got a good low-light lens its not such a problem.

      I love my Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens. At 17mm I can get quite close to the flower, but still zoom it out a tiny bit. And set on f2.8 lets so much light in on the Aperture Priority setting. Most flowers I use about f3.5 to get some background blur, but still a few petals or stamens in focus. Haven’t done much flower photography for a couple of years now.

      My cameras are usually set up with a custom photo style and the ISO fixed as a default of no higher than 1600. It has to be a really sunny day before before I set the ISO on 100 or 200. I think because I used to take hundreds of photos on a single walk with continuously changing light conditions, I found it best to just set the ISO on 800 and let the shutter speed work itself out for the most.

      Interestingly enough, I’ve never really used the cameras on FULL AUTO until I bought the Sony a6000 ‘mirrorless’ and quite by chance discovered that it takes brilliant sunsets on INTELLIGENT AUTO, especially when there’s deep shade in the foreground and brilliant sunlight in the sky. I love that camera for sunsets.

      Bird photography does not wait for me to work out camera settings, especially in thick foliage or deep shade.

      I’ve never found the ISO set on Auto to be helpful. The camera takes too long to judge the light conditions and by the time it does, the bird has flown away from my balcony. Very very difficult to get the shutter speed high enough for the morning shots when my whole apartment balcony is in deep shade. The sun rises over the building and hits my lounge windows about 2.30pm in mid summer.

      But practice, practice and more practice has shown me getting better with those fast-moving Fairy Wrens. Photographing those wrens has been the best practice I could possibly have for Bird Photography in general.

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    1. Thanks Peggy. I should have taken a photo of it when it was nearly all yellow with black spots. I never ever thought it would come back, but then, nearly everything that keeled over at the end of Summer has come back after a good prune down to about 2″ stubble.

      I’ll have to tip a couple more plants out as they’re so pot-bound though. I’ve emptied 5 of the largest pots so far as they were just getting too heavy to move around and keep turning to catch the western sun.

      I think today might be the day to harvest the lettuces (before they start to fade).

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    1. It seems to change colour depending on the light. More bright pillar-box red in the shade and almost a fuchsia pink in the bright sun, but I think I captured the tone correctly. I can see it over my laptop at the moment…… in filtered sunlight….. and its looking more pinkish.

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