07.05.2019 Mountain Laurel is still hanging in there

But just barely.  Most of the flowers clusters now have a few browned ones so close ups were out.  But yesterday I was able to re-shoot this image that I had done with the phone last weekend. It’s not exactly a rhododendron in a redwood forest, but looks good on its own.

Another name for mountain laurel is spoonwood.  It carves well and is a favored wood for that purpose. The leaves are poisonous to livestock which led to another name…lambkill.

The seasons move fast, but for mountain laurel it has been good and a bit prolonged.  Elderberries are already forming tiny green fruits that will eventually become dark, almost black, berries.  I’ll share a few clusters when the time arrives.


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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7 Responses to 07.05.2019 Mountain Laurel is still hanging in there

  1. Your mention of spoonwood reminds etymological me that Old English spon meant ‘chip, sliver, shaving, splinter of wood.’ In other words, spoons in Anglo-Saxon times were carved from wood, not made from metal. In order to carve mountain laurel, you’d seem to need a much larger specimen than the one you show here. I see from the Missouri Botanical Garden website that mountain laurel can grow to be a smallish tree 15 feet tall.

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    • Yes, the carvers look for larger bushes, or trees at that point, for their carving. I’ve always though wooden spoons were made from roots so as to be water resistant but maybe it’s different per species.


  2. shoreacres says:

    I’ve always enjoyed the sight of flowers combined with bark. Here, it might be a redbud and cedar combination, or my most recent sighting, Joe Pye weed and pine. This is a lovely example of the genre; the bark provides a nice backdrop for the mountain laurel, but it’s pleasing on its own.

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    • What I was trying to find is a composition that I also look for in the winter. In this season it would be a lone mountain laurel in a foggy dimly lit wood. This isn’t quite that but I liked it and it was easily reached at the side of the road. In the winter or another sere time I look for faded beech leaves among bare trees. I’ve yet to find my ideal subject but the search continues.
      I am glad to know you like this combination and will see what I can do to post similar in the future.


  3. Beautiful, simple juxtaposition. In a very carefully processed monochrome this might be an Ansel Adams photo.

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