The Legend of the Dogwood Tree

The Legend of the Dogwood Tree.
 
This has become my yearly image for Easter Sunday. The dogwood tree has always been one of my favorite trees and I remember as a kid how much my mother loved them and had planted several in our gardens. Most were white, but we had a couple of pink ones as well.
 
The legend of the dogwood tree is something I remember from days spent in Sunday School and our days in Catholic School when we lived in Baltimore. In the days of Christ’s Crucifixion, the dogwood tree was comparable to the oak trees we see today. It was used for building many things. When Jesus was nailed to the cross he was to have said that never again would the tree be used for such a cruel use as a crucifixion. He said the tree would be shor, thin and twisted, it would have a flower with 2 long petals and 2 short, similar to a cross, and at the tip would be indentations like nails, and in the center it would resemble a crown of thorns with blood stains on them. It is interesting how a story like that can remain with you for so many years and that memory comes to my mind each spring when the Dogwood blooms.
 
Tamron SP 90mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-800, Aperture Priority mode, f3.3, +.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters
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