Rhododendrons at the Red River Gorge

Look above you! Look below you!

A friend mentioned to me that the Rhododendrons were in full bloom at the Red River Gorge, here in KY. My wife had to work the night shift and the late afternoon sun was a little obscured by the haze which made a perfect combination for me to head over to Kentucky’s version of the Grand Canyon to shoot some of the blooms. When shooting flowers, I prefer overcast lighting so I was optimistic about what I might be able to do.

I did not arrive there until about 7:30pm and began down a trail that was recommended to me. Even though it was the 4th of July weekend, I pretty much had the place to myself. It only took about 100 yards to get lost in the quiet and lushness of this sanctuary.

Did I mention it was quiet?! As I walked along, I began to pray that the Lord would help me find a good composition, as well as not get lost since there was not a lot of light left to find my way back to the car. I created about six different scenes but the one attached works best for a smaller viewing area like this blog.

“Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?”
St. Augustine (354-430), De Civit. Dei, Book XVI

This scene was shot on a Hasselblad H3D-50 camera with a 80mm (normal) lens, mounted on a tripod. The exposure was 1/3 of a second at f22 at ISO 100.

Jeff RogersJeff Rogers – With twenty years of nature photography experience as well as a lay pastor background, Jeff brings an appreciation for God’s creation as well as spiritual guidance. His wife, Melissa, an emergency room physician, shares his passion for serving God and preserving the beauty of nature.


  1. Do you have more pictures of rhododendrons?
    My son died under a rhododendron in the red river gorge.

  2. I believe those are some of our only photos. I can reach out to Jeff Rogers (photographer) to see if he had more?


  3. Thank you for sharing the photo and the words of St. Augustine. I’ve been blessed.

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