Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mountain Laurel Macro

Last weekend in North Carolina we took a jaunt down the Blue Ridge Parkway and it was just so green and fresh and wonderful.  Curt was loving the drive and the curves while I just sat in awe of the big trees, expansive views, and yummy fresh air.  We stopped at a few overlooks to, well, look over the view and wandered off onto a couple of trails so I could try to catch some mountain laurel shots.  We were in a different state, I know, but they're the state flower of Pennsylvania so I had some fond memories of my home.  I can't remember for certain, but I think I learned about all the official Pennsylvania flora and fauna from a placemat--maybe it was at Grammy Snyder's house where I spent most of my littlest years or maybe it was at the little Landmark Restaurant downtown where we had french fries with gravy with Pappy Hine.  Either way, it's a little flower with a big nostalgic punch.




I'm not especially happy with these shots, but with the breeze and my hiking over forest roots in sandals, they came out okay....haaaaaaaaaaaaaa  I also yelled out and almost had Curt run off the road when I saw orange flowers in the woods.  That's my favorite color, so I had to see them up close.  They're apparently a type of azalea.  


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17 comments:

  1. So gorgeous!! I think these are amazing shots, especially due to your circumstances!! KristiBowmanDesign

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  2. Really beautiful flowers and photography! Love the little french fry flowers. How unusual. I used to live in Vilas - and remember the flora and fauna on the Parkway to be spectacular. Thanks for sharing those treasures.

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  3. Oh love the little pink buds - they look like tiny lanterns! So pretty!

    patty from
    www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com

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  4. Lovely shots even with all the difficulties! I just can't get over nature and its beauty sometimes! Hope you guys had a great time!

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  5. I love the third picture. The flowers almost look quilted. All of your pictures are wonderful!

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  6. Oh man! First the buds look like cake frosting decorations from a squeeze tube...then the flowers look sewn and quilted!! Very cool :)))

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  7. oooh! I love the little pink flowers! they look like candies! so cute 'ems!

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  8. I don't think i've ever seen mountain laurel in person and these are gorgeous! The azaleas are beautiful too, especially love the first shot of them!

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  9. I love you third picture it looks like needlework. They are so pretty they don't even look real!

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  10. Beautiful shots Jen. I love the buds of the mountain laurel. I don't think I have ever seen that. Makes me want to break out my polymer clay and create beads like that. Amazing how that flower opens up too. Thanks for sharing your shots.

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  11. You really nailed it -- that first photo is my favorite!

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  12. These are wonderful - and I SOOO love the Blue Ridge Parkway, you lucky lady.

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  13. We have travled the Parkway and hope someday to live that way...beautiful shots of a play day!! We have always been that way in the summer so I have missed the early flowers...glad you took pictures so I could see them.

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  14. The orange azaleas are hard to find, but so beautiful -- I've nearly driven off the road looking at them the rare times I spot them!

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  15. Ha! I see you've already made that orange azalea in your blog header!
    Lovely shots. I don't think I've ever seen a mountain laurel before. Thanks for educating me, they are a very interesting-looking flower!

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  16. I've never seen them before, Mountain Laurel. The little buds look like fantasy flowers - so unreal. And the hand stitched look of the full bloom - incredible.

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  17. Just beautiful! Love the new blog look!

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