Friday, 30 April 2010

Rhododendron arborescens (Sweet Azalea)

Tonight's drawing is of Rhododendron arborescens -- also known as "Sweet Azalea".  

Rhododendron (from the Greek, rhodos -- rose and dendron -- tree) is a genus of flowering plants in the Heath Family (Ericaceae).  It is a large genus with over 1,000 species.  Most have very colourful, showy flowers.  It includes the plants known to gardeners as azaleas.

All parts of Rhododendron are toxic to animals when ingested -- so keep them away from your pets!  

I have posted drawings of Rhododendron previously.  These included Rhododendron dutartrei and Rhododendron mendumiae, both Vireya hybrids.  I have come across some new photos of Rhododendron so you will probably be seeing more drawings of them in the near future!

This next image is another favourite of mine.  It is not as moody and misty as the one I posted on Wednesday, but I still like it.  It has that road going off into the distance that I like so much.

I am not sure what has been done with this photo, but it looks, to me, as though it has been "photoshopped" in some way to make everything brighter than normal.  But, who knows, maybe the scene really did appear this way.  Anyway, I think it is a keeper.

People have always known that bears that be dangerous, even deadly.  However, we have learned recently that bears have a new weapon in their arsenal:  karate.  That's right.  The above, highly classified, photograph has been leaked to the public and shows clearly that bear cubs are now being taught karate.  

So be extra cautious from now on when you go camping.  Maybe you should get your black belt first just to be really safe!

Well, that's enough foolishness for tonight.  I hope you have a delightful Saturday.

May peace be with you all.

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