I saw this on our drive to Mobile. It was a dogwood growing out of a cedar. Being Good Friday, I tend to think on Christ and how he is identified with these two trees. In the Middle East, the Cedars of Lebanon are representative of Christ. In America, the dogwood is representative of the sacrifice of Christ. The dogwood has a legend that says that the print of each nail is shown on the tip of each petal and the center of the flower is representative of the crown of thorns. Such a perfect find for this Good Friday.
From 2013 Project 365
I've been waiting for these pink dogwoods to bloom and it finally happened, but I was very disappointed. There were few blooms and they weren't very pretty. I'm guessing it was due to our mild winter or it could be due to last year's dry summer. Oh well, until next year ...
From 2012 Project 365 + 1
our region, the dogwood's blooming always ushers in Easter. Knowing this, I watched all week to see if I could find some along the roadside. I finally noticed a few on Friday and made plans to take dogwood pictures on Palm Sunday. We were invited to share Sunday dinner with one of our church members, so I planned on going after our meal. Luckily, our hostess had a beautiful dogwood in her yard, so I was able to get my POD (Picture of the Day) without traveling very far and made it home early enough to take a nap.
The Legend of the Dogwood Tree
In Jesus' time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
'Twas strong and firm, its branches interwoven
For the cross of Christ, its timbers were chosen.
Seeing the distress, at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise, which still holds good:
"Never again, shall the dogwood grow
Large enough, to be used so
Slender and twisted, it shall be
With blossoms like the cross, for all to see.
As blood stains the petals, marked in brown
The blossom's center, wears a thorny crown.
All who see it, will remember me
Crucified on a cross, from the dogwood tree.
Cherished and protected, this tree shall be
A reminder to all, of my agony."
~ Author Unknown
From 2010 Project 365