Etherial Dogwoods of Calaveras

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!

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That was the parking lot, where it really was collected after clearing the lot. Below is how parts of the forest looked

 

 

 

 

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Even some sitting at the base of this giant

 

 

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This is what I was here for, the dogwood trees with their creamy blossoms

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But first, some tree porn

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A centerfold, no?

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So big!

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Very bright

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A few weeks ago and this would be a supreme shot, as the dogwoods initially bloom without any leaves

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Twins

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A fallen branch, this one was about a foot across

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The trees sometimes make burls, or knotted growths, that are quite beautiful

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A ladybug swarm was all over this, but this was the only good shot I had

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The wood is so pretty!

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This is getting closer to what I wanted to see, but too few flowers and no big trees in the background

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Simply glowing

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A dogwood growing on a fallen giant

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Now this is pretty close, few leaves, lots of flowers and a big tree. But a little out of focus 😦

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Closer up you can see how they bloom

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Now this is what I came here for, how elegant, timeless and etherial

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Another one to round it off, if only the sun had lit up the tree as well

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Close-ups

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So pretty

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This ball in the center turns into fruit, with red, orange and yellow colors

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Next up, history in the foothills.

 

(hint – more comments=more posts) 

 

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3 Responses to Etherial Dogwoods of Calaveras

  1. Peter says:

    Great pictures…like the interplay of the solid, linear “masculinity” of the sierras and the delicate, fluid dogwood. Bravo

  2. Mary says:

    Very pretty pictures. ‘The ball turns into fruit’ as in edible fruit like a berry?

  3. Dana says:

    Nice flowers & trees!! Looks like a beautiful day. I want to hear about foothills history. 🙂

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