Mountain Laurel Time in Otter Creek Valley
When the Blackberries start to bloom, you know that the Mountain Laurel can’t be far behind. Wolf Pen Mountain at 3,100 feet greets the sun on a bright blue sky morning.
Just before the blossoms open, the buds on the Laurel are a bright pink.
With the rising sun behind the flower, you can really see how intricate the design can be, and how the pink spreads out into red stamens as the petals expand.
It will be another week or so before all the blooms open, but the day to day progression is fascinating to follow.
The Mountain Laurel is in the same family as the Rhododendrons and the Azaleas, but the blossoms are individual “cups” instead of lacy combinations of multiple flowers.