06.18.2020 It’s Mountain Laurel Season Again!

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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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23 Responses to 06.18.2020 It’s Mountain Laurel Season Again!

  1. Pingback: 06.18.2020 It’s Mountain Laurel Season Again! β€” Stephen Gingold Nature Photography Blog | By the Mighty Mumford

  2. NJUrbanForest says:

    I love Mountain Laurel! NJ’s Mountain Laurel bloom season is about a week or so earlier than MA.

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  3. Happy white. I recognized this right away from my experience at Garden in the Woods in 2018:


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  4. I didn’t realize this grew in New England, I always associate it with the Poconos & Catskills, and points south of that. It looks great in your photo

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  5. krikitarts says:

    Are they as fragrant as they are beautiful?

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  6. eremophila says:

    That’s my inquiry also, is there a matching perfume?

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Beauty and perfume…a wonderful combination! πŸ™‚

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, gorgeous stand of Kalmia! I bet they love the acidic forests around the Quabbin.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    I remembered Kalmia from last year, probably because I did so much reading to sort out your mountain laurel and our mountain laurel, which is an entirely different genus. Sometimes I look up species in Neltje Blanchan’s book, Nature’s Garden,, and this passage tickled me:

    “It would be well if Americans, imitating the Japanese in making pilgrimages to scenes of supreme nautural beauty, visited the mountains, rocky, woody hillsides, ravines, and tree-girt uplands when the laurel is in is glory: when masses of its pink and white blossoms, set among the dark evergreen leaves, flush the landscape like aurorae, and are reflected from the pools of streams and the serene depths of moutain lakes.”

    I think I remember some of those reflections from last year. She goes on at some length about the pollination process, and mentions a few odd facts, including the genesis of the name ‘spoonwood,’ and the practice of Native Americans commiting suicide by drinking a decoction of kalmia leaves. So — stick to Earl Grey!

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    • I do make my pilgrimages to stands of Mountain Laurel each summer.Ours are developed in some locations at the southern end of Quabbin but the north is still a bit behind. I’m fine with that as it lasts longer. I’ve not seen a laurel spoon that I am aware, but the way the branches grow would indicate some nice grain figuring. Just don’t chew on a spoon.

      I checked Amazon for her book. Original used hardcover $954! Some reprints expensive also but there is a recent (04/20) reprint for $16.99

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      • shoreacres says:

        I have a 1907 copy of her book, which Steve S. recommended. I found it in a Rochester, NY bookshop, used — and at a much, much more reasonable price! Abe Books often has copies, too; a friend found one there.

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      • Thanks, Linda! Now two friends found a copy there. I just ordered a 1905 copy in very good condition, although with a few repairs and replaced bound in pages, for $26.45 incl. postage. There were several less expensive but I liked having the original gilt cover. I didn’t buy it as an investment so not concerned about the repairs.

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