Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dogwood Days

Santa Cruz Mountains

It’s an exceptional year for dogwood in the Santa Cruz mountains. Our tree, gracing us with April blossoms, is more prolific than ever this year.

Every branch is festooned with color as young blossoms open in the early spring air.

The variety of shapes and colors is fascinating. How does a simple four-petal flower come forth in so many varieties?

The petals open two by two, and unfold in two directions, forming numerous whimsical variations on a theme.

This quartet of petals looks like a trio, until carefully examined. The companions in the background each sport a unique form.

The young blossoms, intense in color, fade to light pink as they age, yet continue to enhance the tree with their mature beauty.

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