I went back to Calaveras Big Trees state park in May to see wildflowers and try to get good shots of the blooming native dogwoods and had the most successful trip for those trees in years. The giant sequoia forest was an added bonus.
First up, due to very late season storms, there was a notable amount of snow still on the ground!
That was the parking lot, where it really was collected after clearing the lot. Below is how parts of the forest looked
Even some sitting at the base of this giant
This is what I was here for, the dogwood trees with their creamy blossoms
But first, some tree porn
A centerfold, no?
A few weeks ago and this would be a supreme shot, as the dogwoods initially bloom without any leaves
A fallen branch, this one was about a foot across
The trees sometimes make burls, or knotted growths, that are quite beautiful
A ladybug swarm was all over this, but this was the only good shot I had
The wood is so pretty!
This is getting closer to what I wanted to see, but too few flowers and no big trees in the background
A dogwood growing on a fallen giant
Now this is pretty close, few leaves, lots of flowers and a big tree. But a little out of focus 😦
Closer up you can see how they bloom
Now this is what I came here for, how elegant, timeless and etherial
Another one to round it off, if only the sun had lit up the tree as well
This ball in the center turns into fruit, with red, orange and yellow colors
Next up, history in the foothills.
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