Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), a shade-tolerant flowering shrub, was spotted on the steep slopes alongside Horseshoe Trail at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Look closely at the full-size version of the following photo. The flower buds remind me of the medieval weapon called a “flail,” also known as a Mace and Chain.

Now that I own a lot of macro photography gear, I’m looking forward to revisiting sites like this one to shoot some close-up photos of flowers. In this case, be sure to bring some sort of camera flash or LED as the Mountain Laurel is found growing in the shade of a deciduous forest.

Copyright © 2019 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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