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I waited all day for the weather to break. No such luck on this officialfirst day of summer. 😦

With no other choice, I donned the raingear and headed out into the wind tossed drizzle. The cry of a Catbird called me over to the suet ball feeder (which was completely empty, hence his incessant complaints) and happens to be right next to a White Kousa Dogwood. Well, okay then. There is as good a place as any to start.

I actually find the blossoms of the dogwood difficult to photograph. I’ve shot them ‘en masse’and ended up with images looking like nothing more than a white blanket of green polka dots. So, I searched out individual blooms that (a), weren’t damaged or discolored, (b) weren’t currently covered in bugs and (c), would be more interesting-looking than an overgrown, white four-leaf clover.

“Dogged by the Rain” (White Kousa Dogwood) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/4.5, 1/100s, -1.7EV, ISO 320, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -2.0EV

What I like about this shot is the angle, which takes the eye on a roller coaster ride (or, on a day like today, it’s more like a water slide), starting at the four red tips, down across the creamy-white bracts and back up to rest on the bumpy green center (which is actually the flower bud).

Anyone bring a towel?


  1. I like it, too, very pretty!

    • (Ooops! I forget that those of you who use google reader get updates on older posts if edited…)

      This shot is from 2010…I’d forgotten how much rain we had last June. That was a miserable day for weather but not a bad day for photographs. Thanks, M. 🙂

  2. Very nice 🙂

    • Thanks, Eden!

      (So, you are also using google reader for posts as I edited this one from 2010 yesterday to correct a mis-statement…)

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