Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
Well hello again. These are rhododendrons, and this picture is the product of a quick trip by the Washington Park Arboretum (across the canal from the University of Washington), that I took one nice sunny day this spring when Julie was busy for a few hours. I was just going through the pics from that day last night, and it turns out that I actually a few pretty good ones. You may see a couple of them someday, we’ll see.
Rhododendrons are a pretty fascinating flower. I had never seen them before I moved out to Seattle, I had no idea they existed. Most of the year, they just look like an ordinary bush. (Or tree, in some cases..) But during the spring, all of a sudden they’ll burst out with thousands of these crazy flowers. And they’re BIG flowers too, they’re really incredible. And they come in just about any color you can imagine. Amazing. Also, they’re EVERYWHERE. You don’t realize it until they bloom, but they’re all over the place. I even have a rhodie bush in my backyard, didn’t even realize it!
I don’t think I’ve posted any pictures from Snoqualmie Falls yet, but I was just there last weekend, so I think I’m going to toss up a picture from that tomorrow. Now you’ve got something to look forward to.
Interested in reading more about rhododendrons? There’s a good writeup here on this blog.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/200s, f/20.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 135mm.