NORFOLK — Since 1907, mountain laurel has been Connecticut’s state flower. 

This flowering bush peaks most years in late spring; the Rev. Savage Frieze caught a photo of these blooms in Norfolk on Monday, June 25. Haystack Mountain is a famous destination for hikers who would like to see the white or pink blossoms in their native habitat.

Look and enjoy, but be sure  not to pick the flowers or take cuttings; it’s illegal to do so in Connecticut. In the unlikely event that you think you’d like to put some in your mouth, beware: All parts of...