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: Gary Larsen (gelarsen) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 46 N: 33] (124)
: Plants
: 2009-04-18
: Flowers
: Nikon D70, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG AF, B+W 82mm 010 UV-Haze
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180
: Wild Flowers and Plants [view contributor(s)]
: 2009-04-25 17:00
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This Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malvaeflora) also known as Wild Hollyhock or Checker Mallow, was photographed on the Grey Whale Cove Trail in Pacifica. Its flowers are pale-to-bright pink, often with white, lacey veins, 5 squared off and slightly notched petals, 1-2 inches across; clustered along the stem. The flowers bloom from May to June. It's lower leaves are rounded with 7-9 very shallow lobes, higher ones are deeply cut, lobed and hairy. This flower can be seen along dry grassy trails in the Montara Mountain area.
Fortunately, I didn't need to pull out my diffuser since there was a heavy overcast perfect for macro-photography.

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