21 Jul 16. It being the creative time of the week I'm sharing with you just such an image captured a couple days ago among our pond decorative plants. Those of you close to my age may well remember a game we played when kids called "Red Light, Green Light". We used to play it on our neighbors bank in their back yard and I shudder to think of how many hours we racked up playing it. When I saw this plant, Abultilon megapotmicum, two weeks back I both immediately thought of that game and knew I needed them in the pond area. Right now the plants we have are perhaps 18 inches in height, but they can grow large in our climatic zone, so we'll need to keep them carefully pruned so they don't take over. The colors you see are accurate but of course the amount of detail is the creative aspect. They really are as pretty as the image portrays them and according to what I read about them we should be enjoying both their flowers and attraction of humming birds until the first frost of fall. If we can grow them the way I'm hoping we just might be able to rid ourselves of the twice daily task of filling our several hummingbird feeders.
The base image was severely cropped, a few distractions removed, then run through a creative filter, Topaz Glow. Nikon D300s; 105 macro; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 7.1.