Saturday, May 23, 2009
Rhododendron in bloom - Scenic Sunday
Rhododendrons are native to the mountains of Western North Carolina. Some are large with deep fuchsia blooms. We have bushes as large as small trees on our land. They are in full bloom right now and magnificent.
In the higher mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the rhododendrons are pale pink to white in color and thrive in the dense underbrush of the hardwood trees in the forest. During certain years when it has been very dry they will all bloom at the same time. If you stand at the edge of the Parkway and look into the forest, as far as you can see will be pale pink and white rhododendron blooms glowing in the dark shade of the leafed out trees. It is breathtaking and only happens every so many years in late spring. Last year was one of those years and these are my photos of that beautiful event. Enjoy!
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