Thursday, March 11, 2010
Today’s picture is an old one that I dug out from the archives. It’s getting to be that time of year now, so I figured I’d should start tossing some of these into the mix. (I saw my first rhododendrons the other day. Whaaaat?! Where’d my ski season go?!) I’m not sure what those green ones are in front, but the red ones in back are rhodies. I love rhododendrons, mostly because I actually know what they are, and I can look (and sound!) smart by pointing at them and saying to whoever is nearby “Hey, aren’t those rhododendrons nice??”
Seattle’s an interesting place in the spring. On the one hand, it’s absolutely gorgeous, because there are rhododendron bushes EVERYWHERE, so all along the streets there are these wild splashes of color. And they come in all sorts of shades too, red, yellow, white, blue, purple, anything you want. Pretty nice. But on the other hand, the weather sucks. Winter’s fine, because even though it’s cloudy and raining all the time, you can at least know that it’s snowing in the mountains, so the skiing will be good. But in the spring, the clouds just linger, and linger, and linger. Long past the closing dates of all the ski hills. Long past when you start hearing on the news how nice and warm it is in the rest of the country. Typically it’s not until the beginning of July that we finally kick the cloudy-with-temps-in-the-low-60’s weather. So it’s a bittersweet time. It’s really the only season that I haven’t grown to love in Seattle. Summer? Outstanding. 75 and sunny every day. Winter? Fantastic skiing. Fall? Have you SEEN the fall color shots I’ve posted?? Spring? Hmm. Pass.
Anyway, I wish I got more of the green flowers in focus. Oh well.
Notes: Canon PowerShot S500 (Point and shoot). 1/200s, f/4.0.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Just clearing one out of the backlog, saving up the good stuff for later.
Those are rhododendrons in back. No clue what the yellow ones are.
Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot). 1/400s, f/9.0.
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.