Wow, that is is some flower, huh? This photo was taken at Stone Mountain, Richard and I went there on Sunday. As soon as we arrived, it began to rain. Normally, we might have a shower and then, the sun comes out and bright blue skies are enjoyed. Not on this day, it rained solidly all afternoon. Did that stop us from walking? No! We simply got wet and ducked into the Quarry Exhibit and waited there hoping for the rain to stop. Anybody want to know anything about quarrying at Stone Mountain? HA! Ask me anything, we had quite a bit of time to read all the signs under the shelter! For our walk in the rain, we were rewarded by the sight of this fantastic showy native azalea which was just at the entrance to the Quarry Exhibit. Could Richard take a photo even with the rain coming down? You know he can and did! I have looked this up and I think it is Rhododendron austrinum but hey, I could be wrong. This bright orange color is just so startling, I love it. In my research to find the name of it, I noted the following from different sites...
"I haven't met a native azalea yet that doesn't get me all revved up and this is no exception."
"If it could sing and dance on Broadway, it would be called a "show-stopper".
"Native azaleas are some of the most gracious, peaceful and charming flowers of the Southeast. They are the epitome of beauty of the southern wildflowers".
Kevin, Georgia Wildlife Federation (I wrote his last name down but I can't read my own writing.)
Anybody recognize this? It's the same place that we have photographed before, and I use it when I leave comments! Can you see that it is raining? Please note that while normally this would be quite busy on a Sunday afternoon, we are the only ones here! It was quite cool too, but hey, all the more reason to enjoy that nice cup of Yorkshire tea when we got home! (And honestly, rain or shine, Stone Mountain is beautiful!)