I happen to think that the Dogwood flower is the only perfect flower in the whole world. I love all flowers and think highly of many others, but the dogwood…….. maybe it is that it blooms as spring does, after most of the rains and as the weather is turning warm. maybe it is starkness of the white blooms against a still brown and dark woods. One of my favorite things is when hiking and you come across a random branch blooming in the middle of a forest, illuminated and brightened by a shaft of sunlight, just enough to let a few blooms open up.
Many years ago, 1995 I think is the earliest, I started photographing the dogwoods. At first it was just dogwoods that I stumbled across, then I started seeking them out in hard to reach places, think long hikes and stuck trucks. I have put more effort into it in some years than others. Once I used a hotel room, once I pulled over on the PA turnpike in a rain storm to run into the woods after a flash of white caught my eye, once I trimmed about 4 branches full of blooms and set up a studio in my apartment, breaking a long period of not shooting (over a year).
This year was fairly easy. Being my first springtime here in NC, I happened to find 8-10 dogwood trees right on my parents property, never knew it. The weather was overcast yesterday and the blooms just screamed to me. I think it was the subdued light. I am pretty happy with what I got, but will still keep my eyes open, maybe even shooting some on film. ( I’ve been meaning to run some experiments with film and a lab that offers scanning at a very reasonable price, ie- cheap )
Bella hung out with me while I was contemplating the flowers.