Spotted this beauty at Hilltop Arboretum. For two days I attempted to get the perfect shot, but the wind was relentless. The gusts would pick up the bloom casting it into harsh light or bring it back to the shadows. I employed every setting in my arsenal to no avail. Ah well! That's how it goes. The weather will be cloudy the next several days and since I don't know when I'll go back out to Hilltop I decided to post this anyway.
The abutilon is a vine or shrub-like semi-tropical plant in the mallow family. It is also known as a flowering maple due to the shape of the leaves, but it actually has no relation to the maple tree. The Red Tiger variety is yellow with deep red veining. It reminds me of a Chinese lantern.
400mm | f/5.6 | ISO 800 | 1/640 sec