Hooded Leaf Pelargonium

Taken August 5, 2016 @ Temecula, California

 Photo Walk in Temecula California

Recently I did a photo walk around town, specifically the town of Temecula, California, and ended up at one of my favorite places to shoot, Harveston Lake Park. There are these bright pink and purple flowers that I frequently encounter and this one just caught my eye. I like it.

The gear and the settings

I used my Canon 70D and the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8. I set it to f/5.6 to get the entire flower in focus, set the shutter to 1/80 and the auto ISO ended up at 160. It was a warm August day, so overall it went well.

Post processing the photo

In post-processing I cropped it so the center of the flower fell on the right 1/3, but not much else was needed.

Identifying the flower

Googling this flower came up with lots of close matches, but only one fit perfectly. Apparently there are hundreds of variations of geraniums, and another flower type called pelargonium that is incredibly similar. I joined a Facebook group to ask the experts, and had to wait for an identification.

The final word

The verdict? It’s not a geranium at all. It’s a Hooded Leaf Pelargonium.

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