*Once again, I returned to Indian Park to check in on the large rhododendron bushes along Mill Creek. I know that they are about to bloom very soon. As you can see, the buds are coming along very nicely. They had just been well watered by a passing thunderstorm, shortly before I took this photo.

The General Burrows covered bridge provided a beautifully colored background for this flowering bud. I can’t wait to see some fully blossomed purple azalea flowers against the same backdrop. We’ll see if I can can catch that image in a few days.*


Same “Bud”, Three Days Later

Two Days Earlier

This macro photo was captured on May 4th, 2010, with a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro prime lens. The shutter speed was 1/125th sec. at f/2.8. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a Manfrotto 222 “pistol grip” head.

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 4 years ago

    Lovely soft background on this Gene. Well done! Looking forward to seeing them in full bloom.


  • Thanks, Debra! I’ll do my best to get that shot!


    – Gene Walls

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    The purple bud on the background work beautifully. Gorgeous capture.

  • Thank you very kindly, Joy!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesover 4 years ago

    Beautiful colorful purple. Beautiful background color. Beautiful work.

  • Thank you very much, Wanda! I’m hoping that the deep purple color will still be visible in the blossoms when they fully bloom. We’ll see soon enough.

    Kind regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Nancy Polanski
    Nancy Polanskiover 4 years ago

    You’ve had some great shots lately, Gene. In particular, this one is so lovely!! The post thunderstorm lighting and the bridge as a backdrop make this just so gorgeous!

  • Thank you so kindly, Nancy! Spring has always been my traditional “macro” season. I have been giving my 100mm macro lens a real workout lately with all of the blossoms.

    I really love how a good hard rain intensifies the colors of nature, especially when the sun breaks through the clouds shortly after a quick downpour. I’m sure that helped this photo look the way it does.

    I truly appreciate your very nice comment!

    Wonderful wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Much appreciated, Ray!


    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Colors!! Just beauty-full.

  • Thanks, Sheila!

    Kindest wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 4 years ago

    You are “The Macro Man”….. :) – John

  • You are too kind, John! Thank you!

    Friendly regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    So lovely.. I cant wait for them here!

  • Me too! I’m going back tomorrow to check them out again. Hopefully some of the buds will be in “all their glory”! We’ll see soon enough…

    Many thanks!


    – Gene Walls

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Much appreciated, Cee!

    My best,


    – Gene Walls

  • Jane Best
    Jane Bestover 4 years ago

    Beautiful photo of this azalea ! Lovely color combination. Am happy to be seeing them again this spring, especially after such a cold winter.

  • Thank you very kindly, Jane! I just got back from shooting this exact same plant a minute ago, so hopefully I have some new photos of the flowers this bud produced. This rhododendron just bloomed today. I’m waiting for my photos to upload to my computer right now. Can’t wait to see how they turned out.

    Kindest wishes,


    – Gene Walls

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