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Temporary Beauty



In North Carolina, as well as in other parts of the south, azaleas in bloom are the harbingers of spring, not unlike farther north with the return of robins or the melting of snowpack. Unfortunately, the blossoms only seem to last a short while before they drop to the ground, leaving only green foliage for the remainder of the summer.


"Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad; hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us." -- John Updike


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Taken on April 9, 2012