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Rhododendron Trio

By pamelajean
Firstly, a big thankyou to sweetpea62 and alsoppdigitalart for their User Awards on my Wild Columbine. Thankyou Lin and John.

I love these plants, and this year this pink variety of mine gave me great delight.
I've given you a few snippets of information on this plant, but haven't told you about Mad Honey!
"A sip of toxic nectar could kill a horse, and render a soldier senseless".
Many rhododendron flowers are steeped in nectar and pollen, but some species produce a toxin called grayanotoxin which can taint the bees’ honey. Though harmless to bees, “mad honey” was known even in ancient times, when – according to folklore - it was surrepticiously employed to inebriate and vanquish entire armies.
Some species are poisonous to grazing animals, with some animals dying within a few hours of ingesting the plant, although most horses tend to avoid it if they have access to good forage.
Rhododendron honey, however, remains toxic for only a very short period. Honey that is stored in the comb, along with say the sycamore and bluebell, will have lost it's toxicity before the first extraction. Also, the bees themselves will consume most if not all of this nectar and honey for brood rearing during the spring and early summer build up.

Tags: Tree Rose Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Rhodos Ericaceae Eudicots Dendron

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16 Sep 2012 4:55PM

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16 Sep 2012 5:06PM
Gorgeous colours......nice presentation...........GrinGrin
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
16 Sep 2012 5:13PM
A glorious presentation, Pamela, wonderful rich colours and excellent detail. Carol
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
16 Sep 2012 5:25PM
A beautiful presentation and capture, also interesting write up. I have never heard that about Rhododendron

16 Sep 2012 5:27PM
Love the colour and detail in this Pamela, super image,
16 Sep 2012 5:28PM
Truly lovely image. Wonderful colour. Like your write-up. Smile

jdinne 13 16 England
16 Sep 2012 5:40PM
Can only say stunning, a beautiful presentation.

Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 5:43PM
Excellent presentation and a very interesting narrative. Grin

Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
16 Sep 2012 5:52PM

Quote:"A sip of toxic nectar could kill a horse, and render a soldier senseless".

Bring it on, I could with some quality kip! Tongue

Good work Pamela.....

just beautiful love the colour two.GrinGrinGrin
tonyguitar 4 55 32 Canada
16 Sep 2012 6:07PM
The interesting detailed backgrounder is something I hope more epZers will do. It does not influence my careful consideration of your excellent Rhodo image however. I decided it was brilliant before reading the toxins story. A pleasure to see. TG
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
16 Sep 2012 6:18PM
Top of the class image.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 6:34PM
Fascinating write-up - and a wonderfully sharp and colourful image.
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 6:47PM
An extremely informative and somewhat shocking insight into this rather beautiful yet killer floral species. The image is self certainly does you proud, a beautifully crafted and worked piece, wonderfully processed and presented to a high quality.

franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
16 Sep 2012 7:31PM
Well presented and beautiful Pamela.

carper123 Plus
4 927 8 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 7:42PM
A fantastic image, Pam, luv the subject, detail and colours, particularly like the processing and your presentation, the pink vignetting in the corners works well mimicking the subject.
A cracker.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
16 Sep 2012 8:54PM
Superb detail Pamela and good contrast between flowers and leaves.
Personally I find those 4 corners annoying - really pulls the eye off the subject if you look at it long enough. Wrong colour imho.Smile
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
16 Sep 2012 9:03PM
Did you use any specific lighting set up, Pamela. The quality of the light and colour is superb, and the processing and presentation is masterful.

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 10:18PM
BRIAN: Sorry the corners aren't to your liking.

DAVE: Just daylight, taken in the garden.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
16 Sep 2012 10:22PM
Funny isn't it I really like the rosy glow in the corners. Photography, composition and presentation first class.

EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
16 Sep 2012 10:34PM
The colours, details and light are lovely and I do like the black bg but less certain about the corners this time. Loved the info!!

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
16 Sep 2012 10:35PM
Love the vibrant colour and presentation Pamela and another fascinating description of the plant to accompany it.
Quote:"A sip of toxic nectar could kill a horse, and render a soldier senseless".

Bring it on, I could with some quality kip! Tongue

Good work Pamela.....


It would need to be particularly powerful to KO Ciderhead Osmant! lol Tongue
Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
16 Sep 2012 10:46PM
A beautiful presentation Pamela,,must be lovely to care for somthing and then for it to turn out as lovely as this,

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
16 Sep 2012 11:21PM
A very lovely finish --Live this image! and you text!
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 12:04AM
Lovely composition and capture Pamela
posty57 8 6 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 3:41AM
Superbly photographed and presented. As usual Pamela Smile I love the story though. I never knew that either, and I should !! Sad

CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 8:02AM
A beautiful image Pamela - I shall have to look up which species are toxic, just wondering whether it applies to the 'wild' one that grows everywhere here in Cornwall! The hack it down and it thrives on neglect one!!!!!
Tibetan 4 3 England
17 Sep 2012 9:12AM
Nicely done as always, a great flower arranger that's for sure, love the colour of these and nicely presented, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
O it has to be Pamela's as always perfect, not much more to say really but this...outstanding work.

BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
17 Sep 2012 11:58AM
Very beautiful and interesting info too.

evelen 11 5 England
17 Sep 2012 2:08PM
beautiful flower shots.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
17 Sep 2012 2:38PM
A stunning capture, so full of detail, Pamela. A very interesting write-up too Wink
Trev Smile
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
17 Sep 2012 3:22PM

Quote:BRIAN: Sorry the corners aren't to your liking.

Just a personal preference Pamela about the corners on this one - your recent flow of floral images have been superb.Smile
17 Sep 2012 5:25PM
Another gorgeous shot Pam', and I love what you've done with the BG.

John Smile
phil99 9 45 6 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 5:38PM
Too class flower photography.....Phil
Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 7:31PM
A superb shot and write up Pamela. Gorgeous colour with perfect detail. Just EXCELLENT.
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 8:29PM
Fantastic shot, fabulous colours and excellent detail, beautifully presented.

bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 8:41PM
A wonderful write up and stunning shot Pam .SmileSmile
Ray42 8 3 England
18 Sep 2012 8:08AM
A great shot - crisp good detail, good colour and stands out very well against that bg - and an interesting piece of information
18 Sep 2012 10:13PM
Fantastic image Pamela. Love it!!

annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
18 Sep 2012 11:37PM
delicate and fine, beautifully sensual .. could you wish for more?
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
18 Sep 2012 11:52PM
I have no problem with the corners Pamela,you have selected a sympathetic colour and not over done it ,dont know about the honey but this is quite tasty.
19 Sep 2012 11:47AM

Quote:Delicate and fine, beautifully sensual .. could you wish for more?

Incredible Pamela.

graceland 11 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 2:50PM
i love it well done award given today Grin
xwang 7 55 8
20 Sep 2012 11:59AM
Beautiful image, excellent light, colour and clarity.. great writing up.. , I've never eaten Rhododendron Grin , still could be 'mad' sometimes, I suspect it was the honey that I bought from the supermarket.. I wouldn't name the supermarket though..Grinjust kidding.. really enjoy the stroy.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 6:35PM
How in the 'blue blazers' have I missed this magnificent image Pamela? and now not even able to give it another well deserved UA!
simply stunning and the details, well you do these all the time that we see perfectly..all over!
love it
Mike_Smith Plus
9 323 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 4:21PM
Stunning and beutifully presented
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
21 Sep 2012 8:46PM
A top notch floral image and presentation and accompanied by a most informative narrative.
22 Sep 2012 9:00PM
A beautiful presentation and capture

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