Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia, is coming into bloom on the north sides of the mountains around here. Laurel blossoms are an intricate geometric construction, always fascinating to look at. But be careful, the laurel shrubs grow into large thickets called "laurel hells." If you enter one it is easy to become trapped in the dense winding maze of branches and trunks which seem to go on forever. A botanical "laurel lie" to approach with caution.

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