Monday, June 16, 2008

Pa State Flower and how it came to pass....

And other scenes along the way!

Eager to adopt an official state flower, many Pennsylvanians began to line up in support of the pink azalea or the mountain laurel. Supporters of both flowers were vocal and adamant. In fact, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, unable to reach agreement decided to defer to the Governor of the state.

Governor Gifford Pinchot, often referred to as our nation's first professionally trained forester, was no stranger to these beautiful flowers and may have been a little irritated when put in the position to decide the matter for the Pennsylvania Legislature.

The story goes that Governor Pinchot preferred the pink azalea, but that he left it to his wife to make the decision. Undoubtedly, she had at least a little influence on the Governor, for on May 5, 1933, Governor Gifford Pinchot signed legislation making the mountain laurel the official State flower of Pennsylvania. SMART MAN! I'm so glad he gave the decision over to his wife.

When I go looking for deer in June I see these flowers all through the woods. They are a beautiful accent to the lush green of the forest with it's dappled sunlight filtering down.
It's cool and relaxing to drive up the country roads and look at these scenes.

I came across this little bunny munching on greens

He became a 'funny bunny' with his actions while eating
and watching me get closer with the camera. He looks so human
holding that blade of grass.
Look Ma 'no hands!'

Then he gave me a look of attitude as
if to say 'Whatcha lookin' at lady? Back off!"

I did see the mama with her fawn very far away..

She stopped long enough for him to get a little drink keeping
an eye on me at the same time.

Another deer a little further along the road..

And yet another in the sunlight.

One last one hiding in the grass sunlight lighting up her ear.
What a beauty.


Marsha said...

Beautiful! I am loving seeing PA through your lens.

Sandpiper said...

Awww, beautiful! I love all the Bambi and Thumper pictures. Mountain Laurel is also our State flower, and is just blooming now.

The Birdlady said...

ooh - I love all the pics, but the bunnies and deer (especially the last one) are just wonderful!

Shellmo said...

Nice photos - especially the deer in the sunlight.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I loved the lush greenery and how abundant nature is in your pictures...and your deer are so gentle and lovely...and today a little bunny is nice to come here as you have a relaxing nice blog and it is never upsetting so I have a gentle quiet holiday here with your blog, away from the world. It is my escape.

Kathiesbirds said...

Lovely photos jalynne! It seems bunnies are everywhere right now. Mountain Laurel is the Connecticut state flower also. It is a lovely thing!

jalynn01 said...

Thank all of you for your comments. I so appreciate you stopping by my blog and that you enjoy the pictures is a great joy to me. I love taking them and sharing with all of you!!

Island rambles: that you would think my blog gives you a quiet holiday & your 'escape' is the highest compliment. Thank You!

Bird Girl said...

Beautiful deer!!! Love the mom and fawn that is standing next to her backside! So sweet! And that bunny is just a riot - you caught him in a cute way for sure!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photography. The bunny photos are great. I did that last year with them standing around my feet as they ate my flowers. I planted more of those flowers they liked so well, but this new board fence doesn't have a large selection of holes under it so they have not found the holes that are under it yet. As a result I have had no rabbits this season.

You have every reason to be proud of your photography because it is just beautiful. From the way you compose it to the lighting and textures displayed.

jalynn01 said...

Thanks Bird girl!

Thank you so much for such a nice compliment. Coming from you who's photos are awesome I am thrilled!

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