Rhododendrons–the Designer’s Showpieces

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.”  (Georgia O’Keefe)

Wouldn’t you just love to cup this floral beauty in the palms of your hands, peer closely into its deep luscious tones, savor its delectable freshness with all your senses, and then relish its purity forever?

Wouldn’t you just love to touch its  softness, transfixed by the Master’s simplicity?

Let’s travel now down several floral highways as I attempt to capture a sliver of divine creativity through the camera lens.  Peer into and walk undisturbed in my rhododendron world…for my moment

Rhododendrons—late spring, early summer displays hidden in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains beside refreshing streams and in tucked-away ravines.

Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina

If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of  your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.
~Terri Guillemets

Rhododendrons—early summer showpieces found blooming profusely in botanical gardens throughout the United States.

Memphis Botanical Garden in Memphis, Tennessee

How can one help shivering with delight when one’s  hot fingers close around the stem of a live flower, cool from the shade and  stiff with newborn vigor! ~Colette

Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as  men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are  pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the  broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.

~Henry Ward Beecher, Star Papers: A Discourse of Flowers

Rhododendrons—One of my most beloved photographic sessions with rhododendrons occurred in June of 2010 along the northwestern coast of Germany.  Even though peak season passed days before walking along the well-manicured garden paths and under towering rhododendrons, perceptive eyes spied numerous bursting clusters of color and texture throughout two Bad Zwischenahn rhododendron parks.  The glory of the spectacular blooms was beyond description and almost intoxicating for this flower photographer. If gardens are a form of autobiography, then flower photography the signature of my romantic novel.

Rhododendron Park Gristede in Bad Zwischenahn,
Germany

Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

Park der Garten in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. 

~Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858

Rhododendrons—friends have especially been generous in sharing their flourishing floral possessions.

Uplengen, Germany

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. ~Mrs. C. W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897

Corinth, Mississippi

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban

“The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones.   You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”  Isaiah 58:11

I hope creating loveliness through flower photography has been refreshing and like a well-watered garden for you.  Additional rhododendron images can be seen at www.corinthrose.com under Flowers.  If time constraints prevent you from visiting the rhododendron gallery, why don’t you take a peak at a few them in the opening slideshow.  Thanks for stopping by.

Note:   the majority of my digital images can be purchased but financial gain is not the purpose of this blog nor my website.  If you find yourself digitally appropriating any of my photographs, please consider emailing me first at corinthrose@gmail.com  I would love to share His blessings with you.

Quotes:   http://www.quotegarden.com/gardens.html

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About corinthrose

Born again Christian, helpmate of 42 years, domestic engineer of two children, GRANDmother of six darlings, professional volunteer, fanatic photographer, and a wanna be writer. Occasionally, infatuated with family history, flower photography, and traveling with my hiking buddy.
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2 Responses to Rhododendrons–the Designer’s Showpieces

  1. Pat Trainum says:

    These are the most beautiful photos of rhododendrons I’ve ever seen! They are gorgeous, almost as though you can reach and touch them and feel their petals.

  2. Nancy says:

    Wonderful to see all the beautiful colors of the rhododendrons. I like the statement:” like a well-watered garden for you’ Thanks for watering.

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