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Azalea - Flower of the Forest in Big Basin State Park

Text by J. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
All photos (c) 2002-2012 Scott Peden, Photographer and Docent at Big Basin State Park
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J. Zimmerman's second favorite wild flower of the Berry Creek Falls Loop Trail of the Big Basin State Park is Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale).

She especially likes it because of its sweet fragrance, the many blossoms at nose level so that you can (beware of bees) put your nose into a blossom without upending your bottom, and the warm, creamy colors.

Azalea blossoms by Scott Peden:

Azalea blossoms by Scott Peden

Azalea bush full of blossoms by Scott Peden:

Azalea bush full of blossoms by Scott Peden

See also these flowers of the redwoods