Wild Azalea -- Horse Cove; Alabama: Spring rapidly came to North Alabama this year, at least two weeks earlier than normal. With spring the wild flowers, dogwoods and wild azaleas have burst into bloom surrounding my home with a plethora of color. This morning I took some time to photograph some of that color.There are 15 different native wild azalea on the east coast, this one appears to be Rhododendron periclymenoides. This wild azalea is from one of the four azalea plants that I have found on my property. For years I have seen the wild azaleas as I drive up and down my driveway, and I would make plans to take a photo. By the time I got around to shooting the image, the azaleas had withered and dropped. Finally after 31 years I shot some images. These two are my favorite.
Top: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/250sec. @ f7.1
Bottom: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/400sec. @f6.3