Quick Pics - Rhododendron in Southern Ohio

While out for a long bike ride this past week-end, I ventured on to various gravel roads which led me deep into some of the surrounding areas of Zaleski State Forest. I've been fortunate to have seen large rhododendron plants in many southern states, but the plant pictured below was probably one of the largest I've seen growing in Ohio naturally, undisturbed, and not as a shrub in somebody's garden.

Rhododendron grow abundantly through out the Appalachian Mountains.
So much so, the plant has the honor of being the state flower of West Virginia, and is depicted on the Flag of West Virginia. My guess is the size of this particular plant is really no big surprise to many, but one I thought I'd like to add to my wildlife picture collection.