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Mountain laurel flowering in December

I stumbled upon a solitary mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) flower yesterday while walking around Lake Mohonk in New Paltz. It isn’t the prettiest mountain laurel flower, but it was DECEMBER 27th, approximately six (!) months before one would expect a mountain laurel flower in this area. This December has been the warmest on record for the area, I think, and Christmas Eve was almost 70 °F (!!). Crazy, and really, really sad. This flower isn’t alone, apparently — the New York Times has a compilation of strange phenology across the country.

Colin Purrington Photography: Plants &emdash; winter-mountain-laurel

If you’d like to see photographs of prettier mountain laurel at Mohonk, here are photographs I took a few summers ago.

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Mountain laurel blooming at Lake Mohonk

Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia; Ericaceae) photographs from a June trip to Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.  If you’ve never heard of Mohonk, please have a peek at my other photos, mainly from winter. Put it in your life list.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Beetle on mountain laurel

Colin Purrington Photography: plants &emdash;

Colin Purrington Photography: plants &emdash;

Colin Purrington Photography: plants &emdash;

Colin Purrington Photography: plants &emdash;

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