Hidden in Plain Sight

This spring, when the Roswell Azalea Festival came around, I was amazed to find that I had very few photographs of azaleas in my portfolio.  I mean, azaleas are everywhere around us.  How could I not have any pictures of them?  Well, maybe that’s the answer.  When things are always right in front of you, they tend to be taken for granted.  We miss out on the true beauty that surrounds us just because we’ve seen it before.

This time, I didn’t miss out!  It could be that when you are “tuned in” and paying attention, you see things that you commonly miss.  Since we had made a special trip to the botanical gardens, my eyes were open to the plants and flowers as we walked by.  Even in this place that is so packed with beautiful plants, you have to be observant or you miss out on the most special details.

This Native Azalea was blooming along one of the walkways.  I like the native varieties because of the neat shapes and the long stamen that shoot out of them like whiskers or eyelashes.  Now that I am paying attention, I expect I will see azaleas everywhere and will probably have too many to choose from next year.  That’s not such a bad problem!

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
86mm @ f/13 – 1/13 sec – ISO 200

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Native Azalea

It never seems to fail that when you are looking for something, you can’t find it and right after the deadline passes, that thing is all over the place.  I was searching for azaleas to submit for the Roswell Azalea Festival that started yesterday and couldn’t find any over the last few weeks.  Now, they are in bloom everywhere!

Most of the azaleas we see these days are the Japanese hybrids that are often the red, pink and white flowers that appear in home landscapes.  I think some of the most interesting varieties however, are the native azaleas like this beautiful orange example above.  I am not 100% sure of the variety here but it looks like a Flame Azalea to me.

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
100mm @ f18 –  1/400 sec – ISO 400