IN THE FIELD: Spring Favorites


Some of my favorite flowering spring shrubs are the rhododendrons. I love to see the splash of color brightening the shady parts of a landscape. The blooms were long lasting this year since spring was actually… spring-like. Except for a few warm days, the temperatures have been much cooler compared to the last several seasons. I took this photo several weeks ago before the blooms faded till next season.

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  1. June 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    What perfect blooms – captured at just the right time. Wonderful colour, and I love the dappled sunlight!

    • June 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      The blooms lasted quite a long time this year, probably due to the cool temperatures and light rains this spring. They have since faded, and now we get thunderstorms almost every day or night. Summer is here.

      • June 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        Wow – so is it normal for you to get thunderstorms almost every day in summer?

      • June 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

        Well, the storms usually will show up in late afternoon after the heat and humidity have had a chance to build. It’s interesting to watch the clouds build to enormous size. Typically storms are predicted for the area but don’t always materialize. Or…it will rain on one side of the valley but not the other…which is really odd…we may be in full sun, but across the farmers field it will be pouring. The storms are short lived…15 minutes or so and then all is well.

  2. EvaUhu
    June 25, 2013 at 4:41 am

    they are beatiful and look exquisite, captured at the perfect moment!

    • June 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thank you Eva, this was a wonderful year for them. Normally we will have heavy rains which shorten their bloom period, but not this year!

  3. June 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Wow, these are beautiful, David. I remember those summer thunderstorms from when I lived in Ohio. It seemed those clouds would roll in and the rain pour down briefly every afternoon right around 4:00. I know it wasn’t really every day – but it happened often enough to feel like that was the pattern. I loved it!

    • June 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      You described it perfectly! In fact a big one is heading our way right now. Right on queue!

      • June 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        That one was a whopper! I think we got 1-2 inches of rain in 10 minutes! High winds, lightning, and thunder also!

  4. June 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    They are lovely flowers. Very pretty, David.

    • June 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      It was a super year for Rhododendrons…the blooms were really full and lasted about three weeks or so!

  5. June 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Very lovely! Have you gotten your ark together for all of this rain?

    • June 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Noah…”I want you to build an ark”
      “What’s an ark?”
      “It’s a big boat. It needs to be 40 cubits by 120 cubits.”
      “Who is this really?”
      “Its GOD”
      “Sure………..What’s a cubit?”
      “And you have to get two each of every animal. One male and one female.”
      “Two each of EVERY animal? “Elephants? Do you know what that will be like? The mess…the noise…the smell?”
      “Then I want you to set sail…to save the world”
      “Oh great…why me?”
      “Because you are the most qualified.”
      “Qualified? I’m just a regular guy…I go to work in the morning and come home in the afternoon….I don’t know even know what an ark is.”
      “Just do it Noah”

  6. June 27, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Gorgeous blossoms. I love the colors!

    • June 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      They were really pretty this year. The light rain rather than the typical monsoons we normally get in the spring helped with their longevity.

  7. June 27, 2013 at 2:17 am

    nice touch of light on the tops, David.

  8. June 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks Jane, when I was shooting these they were just coming into full sun so I really had to hurry. In full sun the color gets washed out. They probably wouldn’t have been in full sun for more than an hour, but I had to get going. Gotta wait till next spring for more!

  9. June 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

    How lovely. 🙂

    • June 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

      They sure were full this year! The honeysuckle was quite aromatic this spring also…more so than I can remember.

  10. July 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    So lovely and delicate! I like the color and how the petals look like tissue paper.

    • July 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      They are delicate…heavy rains really beat them up. Two days after I took the shots of these shrubs, the heat wave came and so did the rains. No more blossoms. Going to have to wait till next year for more.

  11. July 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    BAM! They just explode off the screen!

  12. July 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

    The shrubs were bursting with blooms this year!

  13. July 8, 2013 at 1:40 am

    ohh I love these flowers, the colour is so intense. I would be very happy to have one in my garden (when I have a garden) 🙂

  14. July 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Me too! They prefer shade to part sun for them to be their showiest!

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