Flowering Dogwood BlossomsApr. 21, 2012

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) produces beautiful blossoms in the spring.

The mature flower is quite simple: four petals, each having a drop of red on the end. Against a clear blue sky, the effect is wonderful. (A little backlighting helps too.)

Single dogwood blossom

The immature blossom appears a yellow-green, with a hint of things to come.
Young blossoms of a dogwood tree

Flowering dogwood as a moderate-size tree can contain hundreds and hundreds of blossoms, but even a few blossoms together is sufficient for me.
Multiple dogwood blossoms

Although it does seem that the more blossoms in a photo, the better the photo.
Riot of dogwood blossoms

I'm fortunate to have moved into Cooper's Pond, in State College, Pennsylvania, because there is a flowering dogwood right outside my front door.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the SMC-DA 55-300mm lens, to take these photos in April 2010, April and May 2011, and April 2012, respectively.

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