Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I ran across a number of blooming shrubs and flowers this weekend, including these lovely red and yellow bell-shaped flowers. Many of these blooms were hanging on a shrub inside the botanic garden at San Diego’s Balboa Park. Of course the tree wasn’t labeled so I had no idea what it was while there. I’d love to know why so many botanical gardens label about half their plants and leave you guessing what the rest of them are.

A quick Google search revealed this shrub is called Abutilon Megapotamicum and is native to a few countries in South America. I couldn’t help but admire these interesting flowers and it didn’t take me long to realize they were quite a challenge to photograph, especially because of their unusual shape and the challenging lighting in the garden. I hope I did them justice in these few photos. Happy Monday!

Macro Monday: Abutilon Megapotamicum

Macro Monday: Abutilon Megapotamicum

Red and yellow bell-shaped flower of the Abutilon

Red and yellow bell-shaped flower of the Abutilon

Close-up of the Abutilon Megapotamicum red and yellow blooms

Close-up of the Abutilon Megapotamicum red and yellow blooms

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

14 responses »

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    “Abutilon Megapotamicum”—Oh, my, that scary name doesn’t do their beauty justice!

  2. I have never seen a flower like this. It is magnificent!

  3. Betsy says:

    Those are neat flowers! Kind of similar to the fuschia we usually get every year. Thanks for sharing!

    • mpejovic says:

      You’re right, they do look a lot like fuchsia blooms, at least for the shape. Oh, I wish I could find some of them to photograph my favorite color!

  4. These are beautiful, so exotic looking to me.

  5. soonie2 says:

    So nice to see these bright, bold colors! Gorgeous macros!

  6. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Lovely! Glad you had your camera with you.

    Poppy-Filled Sky

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