Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spring Watch April 25, 2010 - Wild Azaleas

As promised in the preceding post, photographs of the wild azaleas can now be shown. These azaleas (presumably Rhododendron periclymenoides) are found in the George Washington National Forest, most frequently along streams and wet areas.  They are just beginning to bloom. The colors range from a very pale pink-almost white, to the deep rose pink shades in the photographs. These were found along Passage Creek, near the Elizabeth Furnace area in Fort Valley. Flower buds are forming on the Mountain Laurel, but haven't yet bloomed.

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