today's painting is of the blooms of a honeysuckle azalea, also known as native or wild azalea in the southeastern part of the country. i am not sure exactly what variety i had, unfortunately it did not take so i am lucky i took some pictures while i had the chance. they are normally found in partially shaded areas near streams or rivers. they bloom in the spring before the leaves have formed. it is one of my favorite trees along with japanese maples(my very favorite), japanese magnolia, white dogwood, swamp cypress and bottlebrush trees--there are lots more i am forgetting. here are some of the pictures that inspired my painting.