Dogwoods are Starting to Emerge in Yosemite Valley!
The timing of this is perfect for the upcoming G+/Panoramio Photowalk. Dogwood "flowers" are actually white, chlorophyll-deficient leaves, with the true flower residing in their center. My favorite time to photograph them is at the very beginning of the season, when these white leaves emerge before the green ones on the rest of the tree, giving providing dramatic splashes of white on an otherwise dormant tree. Dogwoods across the Valley bloom at slightly different times, so we should have a nice selection of dogwood trees in various stages of emergence.

This is one of the reasons I was so excited about the timing of the full moon and moonbows this year... on a weekend, in a low snow year when the waterfalls will peak, and the dogwoods would most likely be emerging. This is a rare convergence of factors which may not be repeated for weekend visitors for years to come. I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to share one of my favorite parks, in such stunning conditions, with many G+ community members.

Thanks +elizabeth hahn for scouting out the current conditions this week!
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