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Nikki McDonald level-classic 4/15/2011 4:26:00 AM

Could not be more perfect for the season or the theme, Chris. This is a beautiful, fresh capture. Lovely light. #1369537

Joy Rector level-classic 4/15/2011 4:28:23 AM

beautiful #9351791

Sarah A. Christian level-classic 4/15/2011 4:31:36 AM

Perfect image for Theme Day! It is also an extraordinary capture! HTD! #9351799

Monnie Ryan level-classic 4/15/2011 5:57:00 AM

Terrific find and perfect for the theme, Chris! HTD! #9351988

Marcie A. Fowler level-classic 4/15/2011 6:17:46 AM

Beautiful. I love how the hot pink one stands out from all the rest. #9352032

Karen E. Baumann level-classic 4/15/2011 7:20:04 AM

Wonderful description! Wonderful reminder that Spring is here! Perfect for the theme day! Very nice Chris! #9352127

Mitch Spence level-classic 4/15/2011 8:25:26 AM

Beautiful contrast between the deep pink and white blooms, Chris, and the white ones pick up so nicely that same pink. Lovely spring scene. #9352208

Katarina Mansson level-classic 4/15/2011 9:26:19 AM

Ditto to what Mitch said. Beautiful floral and theme entry. HTD Chris! #9352271

David Phalen level-classic 4/15/2011 5:13:28 PM

Beautiful light, colors and clarity here Chris!! HTD!! #9352905

Bob Cournoyer level-classic 4/15/2011 5:35:26 PM

Ditto!

Happy Theme Day #9352956

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 4/15/2011 7:17:42 PM

Gorgeous capture of these beautiful blossoms. We had the same type of idea for the theme. HTD! #9353126

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 4/16/2011 4:05:46 AM

Thanks everyone... Hope to get back to the Arboretum this spring for the azalea blooming! #9353426

Michelle Alton level-classic 4/16/2011 4:57:23 AM

Stunning capture and fascinating back story, Chris. #9353516

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 4/16/2011 4:09:56 PM

Great contrast in pinks. Great find and Spring capture #9354316

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 4/17/2011 6:03:11 AM

Thank you Michelle & Amanda! #9354970

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Description

The azaleas most American gardens take for granted are largely the work of former National Arboretum director Benjamin Morrison.
Hybridizing colorful delicate azaleas with hardier northern varieties from 1929 and 1954, he ultimately produce 454 new cultivars,
now visible in gardens everywhere. The Arboretum contains a large hillside park featuring some 10,000 of his hybrids planted
63 years ago; some of these old azaleas are now the size of small houses. These thousands form one of Washington, DC's most striking
natural springtime spectacles, when the hillside bursts into bloom in late April.
Here, a white azalea plant has produced a single fuchsia bloom, perhaps due to cross-pollination from a neighboring fuchsia variety,
or a mutation in the white azalea's speckling. Other azaleas here have the same out-of-place variations, such as an entire
branch of one plant producing blooms of a different color than the main plant.
PG101 Out of Place Theme

Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: -0.67, ExposureTime: 1/125 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 70.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi

Uploaded on 4/15/2011 4:12:30 AM

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