This was shot with my iPhone 4S and Instagram on climb up the rocks on the north side of Bear Mountain in Connecticut.
This is an odd year for mountain laurel after last year’s kaleidoscopic explosion of blooms. I don’t know if it was the lack of snow and rain over the winter or what, but some plants have no blooms, others have peaked already. I’ve only been aware of mountain laurel blooms on hikes for a few years now so we’ll have to see what the long term trend is. We look forward to these blooms, they’re extremely photogenic and stopping to shoot them is a nice break on longer hikes.