A year ago I took you on a tour through the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens in Portland. I had the best of intentions at the time, bringing along my digital SLR and extra lens, but upon arrival discovered I wasn’t fully loaded for bear – I’d left the SLR’s memory card at home and was obliged to shoot with the phone camera. This year we went again, and I remembered all the good gear. Did it make any difference?
Since you’ve already read the first post (brief pause here for folks who haven’t done so to catch up), you already know the background of the gardens so we’ll cut to the chase and show some pics.
What? Bored with rhododendrons already? They’re pretty but so what? Well, you know what I think of that!
The rhodies are only part of the charm of the gardens. The springs shimmer in the warm spring air, attracting ducks, geese, and unfortunately, algae. But we’ll skip the algae, that really is boring.
I jest with the poor Wood Duck. It’s actually my favorite among the duck species, at least the ones around here.
The gardens aren’t limited to rhododendrons. They also have azaleas, and a few additional species that I’ll call strangers since I don’t know their names.
I don’t know if these pictures, captured with my fancier camera gear, are any better than the cell phone shots. I’d have to say I did better with the telephoto shots. I’d also have to say I got more good shots – in fact, I’ve got another set standing by for another post. 🙂
I hope you folks aren’t getting tired of the recent flower theme. It is spring, and it is Oregon, the place is crawling with flowers. (I don’t know if they really crawl, but every time you turn around, there’s another one sneaking up on you.) In any case, I’ll give you a little intermission. Next week’s post will have an adventure…