Thursday, July 21, 2005

Blooming where planted

Rhododendrons are a very resilient plant and are very common in the Smoky Mountain region. In fact, they are one of the few species of plants that thrive at all elevations of the park.

This particular young rhododendron is getting its resilience tested in a big way. While on the trail to Laurel Falls, I noticed this little guy sprouting from an outcropping of rock. A seed fell in just the right space to put this plant literally between a rock and a hard place. But for now, this plant is doing what it can to survive and thrive in the difficult situation it finds itself in.

Good lesson for me when I find myself less than pleased by the circumstances around me.

The guys at Spoken Groove have produced a Flash animated video which picks up on this theme. Click here to see The Little Tree.

Click on photos to enlarge. Copyright 2005 James Jordan Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

Chandira said...

Beautiful photos.. I wanted to leave a comment, I drop by whenever I see you on Blogrocket.