Its spring and the Dogwoods are in bloom!
The Dogwood tree, or Cornus Florida, is legendary for its beauty. Here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, they are commonly planted in landscapes as features or focal points. However, you will also find them growing wild throughout the forest this time of year. Professional photographers from far and wide seek out these specimens and may wait for just the right moment when a ray of sunshine finds its way through the dense canopy and illuminates the Dogwood blossoms. The spectacular results are worth the wait!
You may or may not know that the Dogwood, North Carolina’s state flower, is legendary. Some may say that the blossoms, with their white interior and crimson red edges, denote the suffering of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago on the cross, and specifically the blood that was spilled from Christ’s hands and feet during the crucifixion. The devout view the tree as a spring reminder of the suffering, resurrection and redemption.
Whether you appreciate the religious reference or not, you cannot help but admire the lovely spring blooms of the Dogwood trees that proliferate the North Carolina landscape.