It is almost possible to find a rhododendron in bloom every day of the year at UBC Botanical Garden. This species, Rhododendron thomsonii, has a few flowers emerging now. Many of its flower buds, though, were hit by the cold weather and aborted, littering the ground beneath the rhododendron with brussel sprout-sized green blobs. Fortunately, flowers in December aren’t the only reason this native to southeast Asia captures winter interest. Particularly striking on rainy or misty days are the stems with their reddish peeling bark on a background of greenish-lavender.
You can learn a bit more about Rhododendron thomsonii subsp. thomsonii via the American Rhododendron Society.
Photography resource link: More serendipity today. I often browse through the photo critique galleries on Nature Photographers Online. Generally, I frequent the flora forum, but occasionally dip into the earth, sea and sky (landscapes) forum. While doing so yesterday, I discovered the work of Adam Gibbs and his stunning landscapes of western North America. He also takes great flora photographs.