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Rhododendron sp.

Rhododendron sp.

I tagged along while Douglas was leading a walkabout with the Horticulture Training Program students this afternoon, camera in-hand. I'd say all of the students with cameras stopped to take a photograph of this rhododendron. So, I did too. It's been a goal this year to make sure I have my camera with me while walking in the Garden for other tasks, be it for safety inspections or interviews or general walk-abouts, and it is revealed in the quantity of photos so far this year: roughly 3500 (many of these are duplicates, though, to attempt to improve focus or composition). That's ahead of my usual pace in a calendar year (from 9000 to 10500 in each of the last 4 years), as I've not had any significant travels for photography yet.

This is an as-yet-unidentified specimen belonging to Rhododendron, subgenus Rhododendron, section Rhododendron, subsection Triflora. With approximately a thousand species in this highly ornamental genus, rhododendron taxonomists and specialists generally find it easiest to work with a hierarchical subgeneric (below genus level) taxonomy. Norman Todd, a Victoria (Canada) rhododendron enthusiast, wrote about subsection Triflora for the Victoria Rhododendron Society: T is for Triflora.

12 Comments

Way too cute not to have a name. Consider giving it one if you cannot obtain the history on the plant.

Lovely photo, Daniel! I can imagine it with gilded background, perhaps as a wall paper/panel.

Help! I love receiving your informative emails with photos but now that I have my new HP with Windows 8 I can't view the photos as your site comes up in Compatibility Mode? How to get rid of it.
Thanks!

@Deb McKinley

Best solution: Don't use Internet Explorer! I recommend downloading a browser such as Chrome (https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/) or FireFox (http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/). Websites will look nicer with these browsers in general.

You have to make it a goal this year to take the camera to the garden? I walk around my 2/3 acre yard and take pictures 2 or three times a month! I consider duplicates the exact same picture that has been copied to multiple places on my computer. If I take pictures of the same plant on different days, they are not duplicates, they are useful for future reference about how long it blooms or what time it leafed out this season.

Is it fragrant? This one deserves a fragrance!

Deb, I'll pass along the comments to the people responsible for site design.

Dana, I suppose the difference for me between this year and previous ones is that I am taking my camera to work on days when there is potential I might be able to get away from being behind the computer all day, as opposed to only on days when I've planned a photo outing. I had treated photography time differently for some years -- only permitting myself to do it when I wasn't stressed with deadlines (or on vacation). I'm trying to cultivate a bit more of a laissez-faire attitude.

Helen, nothing from a distance, I don't think I tried it up-close.

Beautiful photo, thank you.

You mentioned how many photographs you typically take in a year, so I hope it's OK to ask here, what your convention is for naming files? I don't take anywhere near as much as you, but am trying to find a better system.

Deb McKinley, I have no trouble with this site on any browser on an HP with Windows 8. Do a query on Compatibility Mode Windows 8. Lots of info comes up.

Sandy, I don't know if my naming convention is any better. I use Lightroom, so I can add whatever metadata I want for searchability within the program (whether I do it is another matter). But, my photos are organized into folders by placename-date (with the filenames being placename-date-sequence), so this one was in the UBCBotanicalGarden->Asian140415 folder, with the name Asian140415-0041 or somesuch. The files are renamed for BPotD to plant names, because it improves image search indexing.

Sandy, for our cherry blossom festival, all the scouts are to rename their photos date_location_plantname_photographer_camera sequence number as originally named. That provides a lot of information for photos posted on the internet or sent to someone else, and I'm able to query my photos by location or plant name in Picasa or on Windows 8.

My friend Nadia also makes me file the photos in Picasa (or whatever organizing software) folders by plant family, though I'm about a year behind on that.

What a lovely Rhododendron. My favorite flower/shrub/family. So many variants in color & size! I would love to see this one come into its own, with full taxonomy and possibility of sharing.... From a traditional Southern U.S. perspective - and being in Zone 8 - we're an Azalea people and miss out on some of the amazing possibilities from cooler climes. Thank you, Daniel! Keep carrying that camera wherever you go!

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