Azalea Survivor

I had pretty much given up on this big Formosa Azalea after taking a few shots of it back in early February when it first bloomed.   I really didn’t think it would survive the hard freezes that were almost certain to blanket the farm on into March.   Today, taking a short cut to the field through the Azalea Beds, I was surprised to see it in full bloom.  WowZa!   April in February!   The pinks are always the first to bloom here.  I don’t have a clue why that is.  The purple, red, white, lavender and bicolor don’t show until March.  They’re all quite old.  They were planted more than 60 years ago  under Lob Lolly Pine Trees.  To say they have thrived would be an understatement.  The Formosa varieties have grown to 8 to 10a feet high and about 15 feet wide.

As for the particulars:  Early afternoon light. Nikon D7K, 200mm, f/5.6, 1/125th.  See you next time on most of this same blog.

See you soon on most of this same blog.

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