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Spotlight of the Week in the Wildflowers of North America group.

Wild or Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) growing in the Six Rivers National Forest, east of Smith River, California.

A member of the Ericaceae or Heath family which includes blueberries, cranberries, huckleberries, kinnikinnick, manzanita, and many other plants common throughout the northwestern US, Western Azalea can be found from Bandon, Oregon to northern San Diego County, California.

The plant can grow up to 15 feet in height and is tolerant of serpentine soils. It is especially common in the Siskiyou Mountains that cross the California/Oregon state line.

I have several varieties of hybrid azalea growing in my yard on the northern California Coast, but none are as lovely as this one growing wild among the redwoods.

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azalea, wildflower, bdsf

Born in Montana, raised in California, I’ve been holding a camera most of my life. I particularly love photographing the grand landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

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Comments

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured and so nice to see them in the wild!!

  • It was always so humbling to come upon these perfect specimen in the woods—nothing I grew at home looked even half as nice.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot. Great complimentery colours.

  • Thank you. All I had to do was stand there and hold the camera steady. The azalea did all the work. <G>

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 5 years ago


    Congratulations Bryan!!

  • I’m truly honored by your choice. Thank you so much!

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 5 years ago

    Well done and well deserved!

  • Thanks, Mike. Sorry I didn’t see your comment earlier.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • debbiedoda
    debbiedodaabout 5 years ago

    How do you get to be Spotlight of the week? Just curious! Fabulous job! Congrats!

  • I honestly don’t know the answer, Deb. I’ve had several of my wildflower shots chosen for this honor and I don’t know why. Sorry I missed your comment earlier.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Vickie.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Beautiful flowers! I know you couldn’t have found these here. I haven’t been able to spot buds on the trees yet, let alone flowers Thanks for bringing some color into this bleak and snowy day!

  • No, it’s still trying to be winter here. This was taken on a dirt road high in the coastal mountains of California, just south of the Oregon state line. As I stated in my write up, it’s truly frustrating that none of the domestic azaleas I have growing on my property in California are anywhere near as pretty as these growing wild.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    No matter how hard we try, we’re never going to be able to top what nature does. Look at all the failed attempts to domesticate huckleberries.

  • So true.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

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