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Dual Clusters

By pamelajean
Firstly, a big thankyou to John (alsoppdigitalart), Robin (graceland) and Christine (ChristineD) for their very welcome and encouraging User Awards on my pink Rhododendron Trio.

Some more rhododendrons, this time belonging to my neighbour. The round clusters tend to be dark at the bottom, so I used my flash.

When I worked for the Forestry Commission in the New Forest, the wild rhododendrons were being removed, much to the astonishment of many who enjoyed the ornamental trails and displays of these enormous clusters of mauve flowers. The reason was that they were a non-native and invasive species that needed to be controlled, but the FC did appreciate the social impact of clearance operations from locations regularly visited by groups to view the rhododendrons in flower.
Alien Species, Friend or Foe? Sad But True.
Few people who visit Britain's countryside when Rhododendron ponticum is in flower can comprehend the damage that has been caused to our native flora and fauna by this exotic Victorian introduction. The plant is responsible for the destruction of many native habitats throughout the British Isles and the reason for this is simple. Where conditions are suitable, it will out compete most native plants and will grow to many times the height of a person, allowing very little light to penetrate through its thick leaf canopy, effectively eliminating other competing native plant species which are unable to grow due to insufficient light. This in turn leads to the consequent loss of associated native animals.
Although the flowers are attractive, rhododendron has few other attributes that offset the negative impact it can have on a site that it invades.
The plant is notoriously difficult and expensive to actually kill. Areas can be restored but reinfestation must be prevented.
I discovered a book called "The Attack of the Killer Rhododendrons, My Obsessive Quest to Seek Out Alien Species"!!!


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

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Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
23 Sep 2012 3:11PM
Super clarity and detail, exposure spot on.

Best Matt

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23 Sep 2012 3:11PM
fine fine work a pleasure to view

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 3:18PM
Oooh, that was quick, thankyou so much Graham for your kind User Award.
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
23 Sep 2012 3:25PM
A very beautiful imge, Pamela. Carol
23 Sep 2012 3:30PM
Excellent work Pamela, a beautiful image,
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
23 Sep 2012 3:34PM
Good work as always Pamela......Hope you were watching the cams last night, if not you missed a real treat with Mr Fox visiting the garden about 00:30 Tongue

TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
23 Sep 2012 3:35PM
A stunning quality capture, Pamela, gorgeous! Wink
Trev Smile
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
23 Sep 2012 3:41PM
As ever Pamela the quality of your work is most impressive.

Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 68 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 3:41PM
Beautiful !!....gorgeous quality !!!
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 3:44PM
A vey informative pre-narrative supported by what can only be described as a vision of outstanding beauty.

Regards Nathan
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
23 Sep 2012 3:47PM
A very beautiful shot and presentation of this floral cluster, Pamela, the graduated b/g so nice.
I agree about the effect of rhododendrons on our native species although I have seen spring time images from Glen Etive where they abound in certain areas and they do make a wonderful sight.
But they are pervasive and crowd out our native species: now Himalayan Balsam is doing the same to our river banks and drainage ditches.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
23 Sep 2012 3:52PM

SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
23 Sep 2012 4:08PM
So beautifully, perfectly clear and bright against that lovely graduated background.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
23 Sep 2012 4:09PM
Oozes quality again, Pamela. I remember reading about the problem back in the 70s as part of my college course.

Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 4:09PM
Perfect in every way...always the highest quality images from you Pamela
and this certainly is a winner
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
23 Sep 2012 4:16PM
A beautiful image Pamela.

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 4:16PM
Such an innocent looking flower !!!
Beautifully captured and very informative write up Pamela SmileSmile
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 4:23PM
Lovely detail and light, love the background too.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
23 Sep 2012 4:51PM
What beautiful blooms Pamela, the colours and presentation are fabulous and your write up most informative as always. I remember clearing rhododendrons when I worked for the National Trust as a gardener at Plas Newydd Estate near Bangor in North Wales back in 1995 after completing my A Levels. They were a real menace in the woodland there as they prevented many of our native species from being able to grow properly.
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
23 Sep 2012 4:56PM
Glowingly beautiful image, Pamela.

AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 5:11PM
Wonderfully vibrant Pamela and I love your shaded background (graded shaded, I mean - you get my drift anyway)! Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 5:22PM
Absolutely perfect.
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 6:21PM
Fantastic shot Pamela, fabulous colours and excellent detail. Thank you so much for the info on my image yesterday, it is very much appreciated.

saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
23 Sep 2012 7:16PM
Beautifully done, Pamela. Spot on exposure, focus and composition. Can't fault it.

I remember a place, and I can't for the life of me remember the name, out past Hythe, on the road to Lepe, or that area where there were gardens open to the public to see the rhododendrons every spring when they bloomed - the place was 'famous' locally. We took Mum there every year...she loved the place.

7 10 10 England
23 Sep 2012 7:47PM
Realise what problem these cause but you have given us a beautiful study with exquisite detail and colour.
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 7:48PM
Fantastic capture Pamela
A really beautiful image Pamela. Lovely colours.

bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
23 Sep 2012 8:15PM
Another beautiful floral image Pamela. Superb detail in the petals.
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
23 Sep 2012 9:14PM
SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileBeautiful image
xwang 7 55 8
23 Sep 2012 9:20PM
Very beautiful image with wonderful light and clarity..
23 Sep 2012 10:08PM
PERFECTION - don't need to say more! SmileSmileSmile
Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 10:45AM
I drove along the 'ornamental drives' in the NF last week with someone who has never been there before and had to explain why they were named thus. Strangely the area still seems as annoyingly busy without the 'rhodies'.

It's an excellent image Pamela in every aspect. Smile

Very fine work done to a high degree which comes with your work Pamela, top class image.

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 3:36PM
LAVINA: Thankyou so much for favouring my image with your User Award.

It appears that some of you are personally aware of the problems caused by the wild rhododendrons, a sad but apparently necessary operation.
Tibetan 4 3 England
24 Sep 2012 5:08PM
Yes a lovely flower but can become vast and become dense; they had diggers removing some on a local estate and burnt them! still you have presented these with your usual flair of artistic talent! awards well deserved sorry I can't give you one as well, Lovely, regards Leon.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
25 Sep 2012 12:27AM
Another interesting write up Pamela.
I never thought of flowers as ''difficult to kill'' !!
So well coloured this one.
Super shot.
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
25 Sep 2012 4:02PM
How beautiful, couldn't be better !
Very well done Pamela.

A glorious flower .. in the right location.

25 Sep 2012 7:00PM
As always, the work of the highest class!Smile
In answer to your question, Pamela: no, it's not a sparrow, this bird is called Dunnock
25 Sep 2012 7:10PM
I'm sorry but I was wrong: it is the Red-backed_Shrike (female) Here's the address:
Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 3:34PM
WOW Pamela, this is magnificent large. The screen is filled with glorious colour. The detail is superb and its one of the best flower shots on EPZ. SORRY, but I have already used my award for this week for this would certainly have received it.
Ray42 8 3 England
27 Sep 2012 8:31AM

Quote:A very beautiful shot and presentation of this floral cluster, Pamela, the graduated b/g so nice.
I agree about the effect of rhododendrons on our native species although I have seen spring time images from Glen Etive where they abound in certain areas and they do make a wonderful sight.
But they are pervasive and crowd out our native species: now Himalayan Balsam is doing the same to our river banks and drainage ditches.

Summed up to a 'T' great shot and write up
evelen 11 5 England
27 Sep 2012 6:17PM
a beautiful flower shot wonderful colour and detail and presentation.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
27 Sep 2012 9:34PM
What a beautiful 'handpainted' flower.. How could I miss this!
I think when creation dreamt up this flower it was inspired by a projection of stellar constellations.

Stunning - in your own special way.
27 Sep 2012 10:31PM
Stunning image Pam,beautiful colour and lovely presentation..Lin
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
5 Oct 2012 12:43PM
A very beautiful flower & a great write-up Pamela xxx

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