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Dazzling dogwood

Dazzling dogwood

The time: Yosemite National Park is definitely known as an evergreen forest, but little known bit players don’t always get the attention they deserve. Broad-leafed trees like dogwood dot the landscape on the southern end of the park along the Merced River near the Pohono bridge as well as other spots throughout the valley. They start to show bright green buds in early to mid-April and burst into big white flowers by mid-May. The blooms stay on the trees well into May, but by Memorial Day, it is hard to find one that hasn’t started turning brown.

The shot: The object is to capture the delicate beauty of the white flowers dangling over the rushing waters of the Merced or framing a view of the waterfalls. The extreme close-up of water drops on a dogwood bloom was taken with a Canon 5D camera and a 100mm macro lens set at f/2.8 (for no depth of field) and shot against a dark backdrop near the Ahwahnee Hotel on a rainy morning in April.

The tip: During fall, dogwood leaves turn from bright green to shades of yellow and red, so you still have an evocative subject even if you’ve missed the spring bloom.

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  1. October 18, 2010, 3:26 pm

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