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Old May 5, 2011, 1:02 PM   #1
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Default Sunshine on the East Coast - Hallelujia!

The east coast of the US, that is. We probably haven't had more than a dozen sunny days this year (considering the weather this year, I'd have enjoyed being in London instead).

So I went out early this morning to get to one of the better seasonal attractions here. The local metropolitan water company has a dam that was created in 1942 to provide a water supply. Amazingly, they have a 5 acre Azalea garden that contains over 20,000 Azaleas. You have to get there pretty early to shoot before the busloads of tourists arrive, which is somewhat too early for good light.

But here are some photos. You'd really need to be up in a cherry-picker to do the 5 acre area justice but these are my best shots from on the ground. (They are all back-lit.)



From this angle you can see the old dam.



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PS: I should have mentioned for local folks in this forum who may not be familiar with this place, that this area is called the Brighton Dam Azalea Garden in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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Old May 5, 2011, 1:38 PM   #2
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Beautiful shots Ted. I live in midstate NY so I know the feeling about very few decent days this year. It's a real treat when the sun comes out. My problem is when it comes out I have to run outside and the the tractor to mow, trim, till the garden, etc etc. Tough to get any time to take shots. The flowers you shot are great, how about a few shots of around the dam itself. How big is it, can't tell from the picture
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Beautiful shots Ted. I live in midstate NY so I know the feeling about very few decent days this year. It's a real treat when the sun comes out. My problem is when it comes out I have to run outside and the the tractor to mow, trim, till the garden, etc etc. Tough to get any time to take shots. The flowers you shot are great, how about a few shots of around the dam itself. How big is it, can't tell from the picture
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Eric - Jeez I hear you about the yard work. I did that for years but at this point in my life I have a neighbor with a commercial mower who cuts my .75 acre of grass for $55; my wife and I refer to him as a saint.

Good question about the dam. I'll go back after the Azalea season is over so I can go late in the day when the lighting is good for it and the tourists are gone, and shoot it then.

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I love azaleas, Ted; thanks for sharing those shots. Good job.
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Tks, Steven. Springtime here would be great if it didn't rain all the time - beautiful tree and shrub blossoms. My distant recollection is that it didn't rain this much in years past but I've been in Arizona for a long time before coming back here.

Wish I was back where I belong...

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@ Eric - I don't think we've had many more sunny days than you guys. It was still pretty wet when I mowed today and ran around catching up on the yard work. Luckily, I got it done and had time for a mini-shoot at my friend's mother's place.

Great shots, Ted. I hate having to work around two things: 1. tourists 2. the tourist's vile, ill-behaved children. That many azaleas put me in mind of the azalea festival in Summerville, SC (just outside Charleston). Another tourist magnet heheh
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Love your photos of that park.

I love azalias, I saw a photo of an azalia hedge, white with flowers so I had to have one. I put it all around the area where we park to deliniate it and was looking forwards to spring.
Found a note from the deer thanking me and asking could I add something for desert...Eeerp!

Got rhodies there now, they don't look bad.
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Love your photos of that park.

I love azalias, I saw a photo of an azalia hedge, white with flowers so I had to have one. I put it all around the area where we park to deliniate it and was looking forwards to spring.
Found a note from the deer thanking me and asking could I add something for desert...Eeerp!

Got rhodies there now, they don't look bad.
Thanks, Ken.

Deer eat Azalias? I've never seen that out here, and we have a lot of both azalias and deer in our neighborhood - I often have to stop for them in the street when coming home from work (the deer, that is). I'm surprised.

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Beautiful sea of colors in this series of azaleas. Ours are a week or so away, yet.

It sure was nice to see the Sun the last day or so. We're back into some ugly weather here for the next couple of days.
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Love your photos of that park.

I love azalias, I saw a photo of an azalia hedge, white with flowers so I had to have one. I put it all around the area where we park to deliniate it and was looking forwards to spring.
Found a note from the deer thanking me and asking could I add something for desert...Eeerp!

Got rhodies there now, they don't look bad.
Wow, that is a new one on me Scouse! Didn't know that deer ate those.

Ted: you and the others need to post more azalea shots. Those are so pretty when they are covered in blooms. In my travels, the prettiest azaleas that I have seen are in the gardens surrounding Charleston, SC in springtime. If any of you get a chance to go there,you wouldn't be able to stop taking photos.
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