It’s spring time and these large shrubs are in full bloom with these brilliant, but short lived magenta flowers. Now as the petals are starting to wilt, enjoy a few photos of a local rhododendron bush. If you look close enough, you may also see some bees hard at work between the filament-like stamens.

Native to Asia, rhododendrons appear in the Himalayas; in North America, they are found throughout Pacific Northwest and Appalachian Mountains. They are also the national flower of Nepal, and state flower of Washington and West Virginia, according to Wikipedia.

I snapped these pictures in the early evening using my 50mm f1.8 lens with an ISO of 200 and an exposure of 1/40 of a second. All images were edited in Adobe Photoshop with the Nik Collection plug-in to enhance the details.

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