06.23.2019 Surrounded by Laurel

What a year Mountain Laurel is having.  Everywhere is loaded with abundant blooms.  Driving through North Quabbin on the road to The Federated Women’s Club State Forest and Quabbin Gate 36, one can’t help but notice the woods filled thick with white blooms.

One in particular attracted me and beckoned to come on in.

Laurel to the right of me, laurel to the left of me, laurel behind me, and laurel to the front of me. If I had my wits about me I would have done a 360° panorama to illustrate.

To answer Steve’s question, surrounded as I was I detected no odor. However, I did see evidence of a full blown Mount Laurel eruption

I was not there for the action, but the aftermath tells the story.  Hopefully, part of that mess ended up on a pollinator. It’s a clever strategy.  The anthers at the tip of the stamen are held in the petals in those red clefts around the perimeter under pressure. The anther will be released when a bee or other insect enters the flower. Most of the pollen ends up on the visitor’s back once it triggers the catapult mechanism. Very efficient and the flower is not required to make thousands of pollen grains as are many other plants.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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9 Responses to 06.23.2019 Surrounded by Laurel

  1. Wow! The things I never knew. Isn’t Mother Nature ingenious?

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  2. Thanks for applying the sniff test.

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  3. Todd Henson says:

    Wow, I never knew that about Mountain Laurel eruptions. Absolutely fascinating, and it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing that. We have one park locally where I’ve seen Mountain Laurel, but I haven’t been back there in a while. I may have to stop by and see if any are left down here. And if not then make plans for next season.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I really enjoyed the messiness of that second photo. Obviously, there was quite a party inside that flower. It looks like the morning after the night before, when everyone wanders downstairs, takes a look around, and says, “Good grief! What happened down here?”

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