12.18.2022 Silent Sunday-Resting on my Mountain Laurels

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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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20 Responses to 12.18.2022 Silent Sunday-Resting on my Mountain Laurels

  1. That’s a good play on words in your title. I’m more familiar with Laurel and Hardy than with the mountain laurel; I grew up watching the former on television but have seen the latter only once, at the Garden in the Woods in Framingham in 2018.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Aw, ’tis a breath of June! Beautiful as snow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I don’t remember noticing the buds of these in the past. The group of three behind the flowers on the right side look like tiny dim sum. The open flowers are beautiful; I think I remember that they open in some kind of unique way. I’ll have to look for your other posts and see if you mentioned it in one of those.

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    • shoreacres says:

      Apparently the term for the process is explosive pollination. Our cedar trees do the same thing. Cold weather triggers the explosions, and the air can be so thick with cedar pollen it looks like smoke. That’s the point at which human cursing begins.

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      • Thanks for the link. I have mentioned the pollination strategy in the past but not by this name. It’s a new one to me but apt. As you can tell in the picture, these are freshly opened and had not been visited by a pollinator yet. The stamens are held under pressure and when sprung deposit pollen on the visitor’s back and mixes its pollen with that being transported from another flower. Grass pink orchids do much the same but each flower can only spring once where this laurel has multiple opportunities. We have a cedar in our yard that does what yours do.
        The buds look to me like little sugary confections. I’ve led a life of deprivation apparently, never having dim sum. I Googled it and agree on the similar appearance.

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  4. Jet Eliot says:

    Fun title, my friend, and a cheerful reminder of spring.

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    Great title for a fantastic photo you pulled from your archive treasure, Steve!

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  6. How wonderful to be able to rest on one’s laurels–Mountain or otherwise!

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  7. Wally Jones says:

    Stunning photograph of really beautiful flowers!

    We first encountered the Mountain Laurel while camping in West Virginia and that became our favorite spot, mostly due to the abundance of so many wildflowers around the tent.

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    • Thank you, Wally.
      Mountain Laurels do tend to develop large spread in the wooded areas around here. As you can see here this is very populous and typical of many parts of the area in North Quabbin I made this image. One tends to go a little wild with all the possible compositions and it’s a challenge to find just the right one.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    I love mountain laurel but it’s a species I seem to struggle with as far as creating photos. I do it each year but I’m not sure if I’ve shared many yet. One day. Until then I’m very pleased to view yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • It can be a challenge, especially when the flowers are numerous and thick as this grouping was. Iโ€™ve made a few images over the years inside them surrounded by bushes but that doesnโ€™t always work out. Thanks, Todd!

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  9. Sam.Rappen says:

    For an interesting diversion, look up images of Texas Mountain Laurel – totally different tree. Great photos, thanks!

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