136Days #230 Chinese Dogwood

Chinese Dogwood tree in late spring in full bloom

The Chinese Dogwood tree is a stunner in late spring when it erupts in a riot of white blossoms.

In order to appreciate the photo from yesterday I wanted to share a photo of the Chinese Dogwood in full bloom. I took this photo several years ago. This year there was so much rain and so many grey skies, there were few if any photo-op days to capture a photo as spectacular as the tree was a few years ago.*

Chinese Dogwood seed pods beginning to turn red,

Shortly after the blossoms fade and fall, the seed pods go from green to red.

The leaves are particularly pretty with the simple veins and the slightly ruffled edges. Both the veins and the ruffles are a very  light green. The leaves stay a shiny emerald-green from when they first leaf out until they turn a spectacular red in the fall. [photo Aug  15, 2012].

The seed pod has dried golden tan petals attached. They create a bright contrast to the shiny leaves.

Another seed pod with the dried blossom petals attached against a backdrop of green leaves.

Only a few of the dried blossoms remain on the tree. Those that do remain are the ones at eye level. The tree is a very tall and narrow tree with many rows of branches up the trunk. It is a perfect fit in a small garden area next to a small patio.

The red seed pod of the Chinese Dogwood tree stand on a tall stem with two brown petals still attached.

The red seed pod stands tall. Most of the blossom petals have long ago dried and fallen, but these two look like a golden robe around the shoulders of a red-head.

As you can see in the top photo the seed pods start out small and green evolving into this red beauty.  The blossoms of the Chinese variety have long tapered petals that end in a point. Four petals per flower.

The native Oregon Dogwood also has white blooms, but unlike this variety the petals of each flower have a little scallop where this one comes to a point. The natives grow in forested areas, sometimes growing very tall to reach through to the sun. The pink flowering Dogwoods are common in landscapes and have a very large canopy and can be short or huge depending on the cultivar.

If it weren’t so late, I would resize some of the photoz I have taken of this tree this year as I have recorded it from bare branch of January to the last three shots of this series. It is a beautiful tree no matter the time of year.



*The top photo was taken several years ago when I used the name Street Light Studio on all my work. Prior to the digital age my prints are all hand signed with either Shari Schildan or SL Schildan depending entirely on my mood.


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About Shez

In a nut-shell (nut-case?): Photographer, illustrator, writer, passionate DIY enthusiast, wife, mother, grandmother. I love learning new things and anything that is creative: sewing upholstery or dresses, painting walls or art, building dolls or walls, cooking and cake decorating, knitting or wiring. By day I am a small manufacturing business owner, operator, partner. I am Totally Random Shez.

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