Kalmia latifolia, Mountain laurel flowers, Howard County, Md, Helen Lowe Metzman

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Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia. One of the last woodland bloomers in late May and early June in our part of the world. Seeing a woodland in the urban troughs of the Mid-Atlantic filled with blooming Mountain Laurel always moves me, a small wink from the Nature to me that wholeness and complexity have not been completely replaced by the mail order trees of the Suburban grid. A good place to fine a few big bumble bees too. Maybe even some late big Andrena. Specimen and picture taken by Helen Lowe Metzman, Howard County, Maryland. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200 USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.


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