Early in April we took advantage of some sunshine and drove to Southeast Portland to spend several hours at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
More than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas and companion plants grow in the Garden. We have found they provide a magnificent display of color early in the year.
However, if you are planning to visit the Garden to see the rhododendrons at their finest, I would recommend waiting for early May.
Spring-fed Crystal Springs Lake surrounds much of the Garden attracting many species of waterfowl and animals too.
Canada geese and various species of ducks kept us company as we wandered through the Garden.
I was somewhat envious of the Reed College students who literally can walk across the street and enjoy the flowers.
It reminded me of a valuable secret: Beauty is all around us if we just take the time to look.
I have heard there is nowhere so beautiful for rhododendrons than the US Pacific Northwest, and your photos absolutely reflect that, John. How wonderful to be greeted by the wood duck and other beauties. I love seeing the duff in the just-preened bill of the Canada Goose. And I have never seen a female mallard quite so stunning. Your photos are a real treat, thank you.
Thanks for the kind words. I’m looking forward to the wild rhododendrons coming into bloom in the mountains soon.
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