Saturday, June 6, 2009

It's Rhody time

Ah yes, one of the more impressive displays of nature in the Western portions of Washington should be underway by now - it is Rhody Time! In that, I mean time for the spectacular native Pacific Rhododendron to be blooming in select western forests. You aren't able to just go out and see them anywhere - they are picky in where they like to cozy up and call an area home. The eastern side of the Olympics is pretty much heaven for these spectacular flowering shrubs. The hike on Mount Walker is likely one of the best to choose from if you are interested in finding them! But they are in other areas as well, and even some that might catch you off guard.

I remember how surprised I seemed to be to come across a lovely area 100' by 200' coming down from Goose Rock in Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island and finding them!

Having rhododendrons in your yard is pretty neat - but nothing as neat as seeing the native wild ones in the NW forests near us! Hope you get a chance to see them someday.

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