Venus with raindrops

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Raindrops.

The blossoms on our Venus dogwood tree continue to expand and whiten.  The large bracts gather raindrops from a passing shower.

This photo was taken on May 9, 2019. Specs are:

Canon SL/2, ISO 100, f/4.0, 1/60 sec, 200 mm

For earlier views of this Venus dogwood tree, see Venus fades to white and Venus against a blue sky.

Venus fades to white

Although the Venus dogwood tree is known for its very large white flowers,  its bracts begin as freshly green as the leaves that envelope them. We were pleasantly surprised by the profusion of flowers on our Venus dogwood tree this Spring and are watching the color of the unfurling bracts lighten daily from leaf-green to pure white.  Sometime in the next two weeks, we hope to enjoy the fully-opened blossoms just as we did when the tree was first planted in our yard. (See Venus against a blue sky for a photo from 2017.)

This photo was taken on April 30, 2019. Spec are:

Canon 200D, ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/500 sec, 135 mm.

This is our entry in Cee’s Photo Challenge FOTD – April 30, 2019 – Dogwood Blooms.

Venus against a blue sky

This is our entry in Lost in Translations’s Thursday’s Special: Vernal.

This Spring we planted a Venus dogwood tree to replace our green ash tree that succumbed to the emerald ash borer over the past year.  The Venus dogwood is known for its large creamy white bracts in the Spring, red fruit in the Fall, and attractive leaves in the Summer and Fall.  This tree should be healthy, drought-tolerant, and disease-resistant. We look forward to enjoying its beauty for many years.

Venus dogwood blossoms against a blue sky

This photo was taken on May 10, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/8, 1/320 sec, 47 mm