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You are viewing my last photograph of this fully bloomed rhododendron. As you can see, all of the initial shoots on the bud have blossomed into this gorgeous azalea flower. My “mission” is finished!

As some of you may know, I had selected a single specific bud on this large rhododendron bush as my “subject” on April 24th of this year. My intention was to graphically show exactly how an azalea grows, from a spring bud, to a mature sprig of beautiful azalea flowers.

I chose this particular portion of the plant because I could place my tripod & camera in an easy to access and repeatable location for every photo. This camera position also allowed the bright red General John Burrows footbridge to be a constant backdrop for the entire series. My first image of this set was captured in April. I have since made eight return trips to this precise spot, a couple times each week, to record the ever evolving growth progress.

The New Bud – April 24th

New Shoots – May 3rd

*Deep Purple Blossoms Revealed – May 4th

First Flower – May 6th

More Flowers – May 7th

This final closeup photo was captured today, Saturday, May 15th, 2010, using a Canon EOS 10D with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro prime lens. The shutter speed was 1/180th second at f/4.5. The camera’s ISO was set to 400. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a Manfrotto 222 head. A remote shutter release cable was also used to eliminate camera movement.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2010 Gene Walls

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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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Comments

  • vigor
    vigorabout 4 years ago

    And gorgeous too, lovely job Gene!

  • Thank you very much, Viv!

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 4 years ago

    Great bloom and colour

  • Thanks, Joy!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Much appreciated, Ray!

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Raider6569
    Raider6569about 4 years ago

    A glorious capture of nature at her best. Your step-by-step process makes a compelling story. Like the color and the way the shadows dance across the image. Keep them coming Gene.

  • Thanks so much for your extremely thoughtful comments, Dave!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture!

  • Thank you so kindly, Trish!

    Warmest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful just like the beautiful person you are.

  • Oh, Judy …you made me blush…

    Thank you so much!

    Wonderful wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 4 years ago

    Amazing capture, my friend! The colors are really fantastic!

  • Thanks, Béla! Most of the other rhododendrons in this area have pink flowers. I really liked the very different colors of this particular plant the most. The lilac / soft purple hues really make this one bush “stand out” among the others.

    Most appreciated, my friend!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Outstanding series of this absolute beauty! Mission accomplished indeed.

  • Thank you so kindly, Sheila! I have always loved “rhodies”, probably because I was raised in West Virginia, where they are the State flower. All of the parks and vacation spots my family visited when I was a kid had wild rhododendrons growing along every creek, lake or river. Gotta love ’em!

    Warmest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 4 years ago

    Lovely image, well done! – John

  • Thanks a bunch, John!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Warren, PA, is just awash with rhododendron at this time of year – most I have ever seen in one town. I should try to get down there this week, come to think of it….

  • There must be at least 50 rhododendron bushes, just on the street where I live in Williamsport. They are very popular around here, but they are almost all the same shade of pink. I’ve been watching for some of the more unusual azalea colors these days.

    Except for the very early bloomers, they should be around for a while. I hope you will get a chance to check out the ones in Warren.

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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