Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel near Otto, North Carolina.  May 29, 2009.

Mountain Laurel near Otto, North Carolina. May 29, 2009.

When we visited our friends Judy and Charlie at their cabin in the western North Carolina mountains, we were treated to a magnificent display of mountain laurel in bloom.  One afternoon we walked up the road  past their cabin and were treated to the view you see in the picture above.  The blossoms  were mostly white and pink,  but there were subtle differences between the different flowers.

Unfortunately no picture can do justice to such a marvelous scene.  But in spite of this I still can’t resist the temptation to post a close up of these beautiful blossoms.

Mountain Laurel blossoms.  May 29, 2009.

Mountain Laurel blossoms. May 29, 2009.

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17 Responses to “Mountain Laurel”

  1. Neal Says:

    I love mountain laurel. When I grew up in TN there were a lot of them around there and I always enjoyed going in the woods to see them.

  2. ChrisCandJonJ Says:

    How beautiful! Certain things about living “up north” and the northern spring flowers is one of them.

  3. MaryBeth Says:

    I just love Kalmia and wish it grew better here. Maybe it does and I just haven’t seen any. Mine is ready to bloom. Maybe if I took it out of a container and put it in the ground it’s roots could spread out and it would grow better. Pretty anyway. MB

  4. Happyone Says:

    Wow that is a pretty flower. Love the color!!!

  5. Tricia Says:

    So very pretty & dainty! I love them scattered throughout the hillside like that!

  6. Suz Says:

    They (each bloom)seem like itty bitty works of art all thrown in together. So pretty.

  7. NCmountainwoman Says:

    This has definitely been a banner year for the laurel. It’s still blooming in profusion here.

  8. Michele- Rocky Mountain Retreat Photos Says:

    Oh my! So pretty, we see these up high in the mountains and they are stunning!

  9. Photo Cache Says:

    Wow, that is amazing. So very pretty. I love all pink.

  10. Susie Says:

    On our trip we saw mostly white Laurel with the exception of a few pink. It really is a pretty plant.

  11. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    WOW! Those are so beautiful.
    Blessings,Ruth

  12. LEEDRA Says:

    Beautiful pink blooms!!!!

  13. Rose Says:

    Those blooms don’t even look real! They are so beautiful.

  14. D Says:

    THese are so beautiful. Nature showing off!

  15. Mary Says:

    Beautiful! I really like those.

  16. happilyretired Says:

    Beautiful pink blossoms … reminding me I need to think about finding something for Today’s Flowers ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

  17. Judy Says:

    New (to me) flower, and it is lovely!! Does it have a fragrance as well?

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