|Unknown hybrid Rhododendron: not too bad a pic, but slightly 'flat'.|
Having been shamed into exchanging my old 'brick' for a smartphone recently, and (remarkably) had it in my pocket this morning when I was in Ray Wood. Having no other camera with me I thought it would be worth trying the phone's camera to capture a record of the tremendous display currently to be seen there. These are a few of the results, with annotations. Clearly the phone camera is not totally useless, in a pinch, but I hope I don't have to use it too often.
|A very flattened view of quite a pleasing combination. Many of these pics remind me of an early colour copy of National Geographic.|
|Rhododendron augustinii 'Electra': the camera has failed to catch the beautiful blue of this amazing clone, and most detail of the flowers is gone too.|
|The strangely dulled effect is clearly seen here, although the azalea doesn't fare too badly. It's labelled 'Tsuta-Momiji', but doesn't fit the description of that in the Rhododendron Register.|
|Well-focused, and the flower colour is OK, but again 'flat'. Rhododendron amesiae, considered to be Critically Endangered in the wild by the IUCN.|
|Expanding foliage of R. kesangiae: an acceptable image.|
|And a good shot of Shortia soldanelloides, an astonishing long-term survivor.|