This week’s Picture of the Week is particularly exciting, partly because of the subject and partly because of where it was taken. As I noted a few weeks ago, the dogwoods and redbuds this spring were amazing!  Huge blooms that seemed to hang around for a while; it was fantastic. Since Holly and I bought our new farm (new to us I guess) last year, we’ve dreamt of planting dogwoods out there. I’d like to plant both “real” ones and hybrids so that the blooms will stick around for even longer!

That brings me to the second point, where the photo was taken. While everything was still in bloom, Holly and I wandered out to our property to see what was there already, and we were treated to the sight of a good number of dogwoods in bloom, and they were beautiful!  There is a portion of our property that is field land and another portion that is wooded. The dogwoods were all nicely situated right at the edge of the woods, just beside where our driveway is going in, and next to where our new house will one day sit. We were thrilled. 

For this particular shot, the way the land falls offered an interesting view of the blooms. I was on a hill looking down at them, instead of looking at them straight on or up at them. Lately I’ve been obsessed with my new 14-24mm lens, and this vantage point, paired with the really wide view of 14mm, seemed to tell a different story than I typically tell with my dogwood shots (which have been shot up close and personal with a macro lens up to this point). The setting sun provided nice light on the blooms and cast shadows in all the right places! 🙂 

More next week!

–Dan Thompson

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