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Copyright: cecilia lazzaro (cecilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 6 N: 1224] (4630)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-19
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/16, 1/20 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-20 4:23
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Points: 32
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Legend of Dogwood

Two thousand years ago, few trees in the Middle East were big enough to construct anything. However, one tree was valued above the others for its thick trunk and fine, strong wood.

When the Romans came to rule over Jerusalem, their government used this same timber to build the crosses for executing criminals. A group of workers were assigned to gather wood for the crosses. Before long, every Roman official knew the best wood came from these gatherers of execution wood, so those workers became popular.

There Is A Legend:

At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this.
In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree:
Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember.

The pink dogwood is said to be blushing
for shame because of the cruel purpose
which it served in the Crucifixion.
The weeping dogwood further symbolized the sorrow.
The red dogwood, called the Cherokee, bears
the color to remind us of the blood shed by our Savior.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-20 4:30]

Hello Cecilia!
Excellent close up.Well seen and composed.Details on white flowers,contrast,framing and lighting are excellent.TFS...:-)

composition toute en finesse... très joli

Hi Cecilia,
Very nice shot! Good light and sharpness,
great colours and details, very good presentation.
Well done!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-20 5:36]

Hi Cecilia
Great composition. Good colours, sharpnes and POV
Well done


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-20 6:53]

Hi Cecilia,
lovely shot, the POV is excellent. Excellent lighting and nice sharpness. A lovely spring composition.

Hi Cecilia,
A very beautiful composition. The dark backround really makes it much more dramatic. Nice soft light, and sharp detail in the flowers.
Looks great!

Excellent work, perfect colors with excellent sharpness, Perfect BG, well PP photo, Excellent work. TFS Kyle

Great colors and composition-

just perfect...

Well done Cecilia
Composition and exposure are perfect. I had never heard of the legend until perhaps a week ago and here is a second reference to it. TFS.


Hi Cecilia
It's fantastic composition,the details are perfect and thank you for the legend.
Thank to sharing
Bruno (cooper)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-23 7:17]

Hello Cecilia, this is a lovely image, I really like the composition and the crop - beautiful. Excellent job on the exposure too. Well done.

what an excellent shot of these 3 flowers against such a dark background.

presentation is excellent.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-04 1:00]

Hi Cecilia, I love these flowers, never I firstsaw them on the Trek sites. And I love the Legend. Awesome flower, thank you

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-07 14:08]

As I browsed your gallery, I most wanted to comment on this beautiful photo this holiday weekend. Outstanding, artistic representation of this dogwood branch. Excellent detail and exposure. The soft colors pop against the black background. Very nice.

Very nicely composed! The rule of odds is well demonstrated here. White is a difficult color to photograph and you have done it well. TFS

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