I think my favorite sign that Spring has, well, sprung, is the dogwood blooms. I love how the papery, delicate sepals gently cradle the smaller inner flowers. (The common misconception is that the larger part is a flower. They’re actually called “bracts” and protect several smaller flowers on the inside, similar to the green sepals that protect other buds before blooming)
I love how the tips of the creme colored bracts have just the slightest but of burgundy at the end, as if nature was using Photoshop to “burn” the edges to give them definition. More than anything, I love the overall structure of a dogwood, especially when shot as a monochrome image like the photo of the day, “Embrace.”
I wanted to give this a bit more definition by adding an espresso tone to the overall picture and I love how this turned out. The creme colored sepals in stark contrast to the bold, inner flowers; the variations in the leaves and the branches. Mother Nature gave us a wonderful subject when she created dogwoods, don’t you think?
Well, anyone that has seen my business cards, avatar, banner for shows, etc. etc. knows how much I love Dogwood trees. I love how the flower of the tree looks both delicate and strong at the same time and how the beautiful colors of each flower play off of one another so perfectly.
“Dogwood” was taken at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens here in the Nashville, TN area. Cheekwood is a beautiful place to visit any time of year but is especially so in late Spring when all of flowers and foliage are out in their full glory.
I love the depth of field of this photo as it’s something I’m always playing around with; the flower in the front being very crisp and detailed and the one in the back being out of focus yet still discernable. This is one of those photos that I will always turn to as one of my favorites no matter how many I take.
It is with great pleasure that “Dogwood” is going to a good home, framed up and matted in a beautiful black wood frame. As a note, this print is also going to be on display as part of the Love,Juca silent auction and sale in Spring Hill, TN starting this week, through November 6th.
This limited edition print is available in my online gallery, along with others. Please feel free to check it out!