Cold, Dry Rhododendron

It had been dry and a little below freezing for a week when this photograph was taken. The leaves of this Rododendron, normally broad, are curled up tight in response. Normally the foliage is so thick that the structure of the plant is hidden, but here we can see it clearly. You can tell this was taken mid-winter, the yellow-green buds are obvious. Each will host a bouquet of flowers come spring.

The low sun was behind the trees above the centre of the picture, giving an interesting light that helps define the plant. A warming filter was used to render the colour of the leaves correctly.