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Flame Azalea, (rhododendron calendulaceum) is one of the nine rhododendron genus shrubs growing in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is often confused with the Cumberland Azalea which is on the red side of orange, while the flame azalea is on the yellow side. These shrubs may start blooming in the lower elevations mid April and May. The higher elevations and balds are in June and July. Some of the best displays in the park are at Gregory and Andrews Balds or along the Balsam Mountain Road….. William Bartram, an early botanist, discovered flame azaleas in 1791, he described the plant as “certainly the most gay and brilliant flowering shrub yet known.”

I can personally recomend the Balsam Mountain and Heintooga Ridge Road in the Great Smoky Mountains as a great place to view these beautiful Azalea often you’ll see them side by side with Mountain Laurel in a brilliant display

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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful colours, details, and dof. It’s beautiful outside this time of year.

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful details and depth – love the warm colours!

  • Farmncamera
    Farmncameraabout 6 years ago

    Gary, how beautiful, is all I can say! The 17 yr. Cicadas killed ours this year, just as it was about to bloom! So, just have last years images left. Honestly, you can’t even imagine the beauty of these, as it is hard to capture even with a camera! The one we have might be slightly different. I will have to try and post one, and let you tell me if there is a bit of difference. Well, this is just stunningly beautiful! :)

  • Danielle Davenport
    Danielle Daven...about 6 years ago

    Beautiful Gary.. Im always in awe of the lovely lighting and colors in your flower photos.

  • budrfli
    budrfliabout 6 years ago

    such beautiful colors!

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverabout 6 years ago

    A great floral shot from the master floral photographer of the Great Smokies!

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 6 years ago

    What a beautiful flower! Great capture!

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaabout 6 years ago

    So pretty Gary :)
    I always enjoy your write ups, too.

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 6 years ago

    What a beautiful color this flower has, Very nice image!

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful, very good work

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