The Seven Sisters

Posted by Ian Smith (London, United Kingdom) on 13 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The unseasonably warm weather in April has brought forward the blooming time of countless plants across the country, and the best place in the UK (that I know of) to see the roads lined with Rhododendron flowers is around the Sandringham Estate in early summer.

But here we have what is locally known as the Seven Sisters - seven intertwined Rhododendron plants which have grown to a height of a large tree. They always bloom before any of the others, and I was lucky enough to capture them only days before the all flower petals were to fall.

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very strange this mess of trunks and which beautiful tree!

13 May 2011 9:07am

@Marie LC: Thank you Marie!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous image . Looks so magical !

13 May 2011 12:46pm

@MARIANA: Thank you Mariana!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Looks magnificent with the carpet of pink below.

13 May 2011 1:03pm

@Curly: Thanks Curly!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Ian, this is incredibly beautiful... like a painting!:-) Fantastic composition and rendering!

13 May 2011 3:35pm

@hugo poon: Thank's Hugo!

JCJ from Troyes, France

what a beautiful tree!

14 May 2011 10:59am

@JCJ: Which one? :-)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Never in my life have I seen a Rhododendron tree so large. This is a beautiful composition, catching the light so perfectly. Outstanding shot Ian. *****

15 May 2011 2:34pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks Sharon! Yes, it's quite an impressive thing to come across when everything else around is just green and brown :-)

Canon EOS 60D
1/40 second
F/8.0
ISO 100
15 mm

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