Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Wonders of Spring ...

Nothing says "Spring has arrived!" more beautifully than dogwood trees in bloom. I took these photos in Vicksburg Monday, and would also like to share this poem about dogwood trees:

The Dogwood Tree
Author: Anonymous

When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew
To a towering size with a lovely hue.

Its branches were strong and interwoven
And for Christ's cross its timbers were chosen.

Being distressed at the use of the wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:

"Not ever again shall the dogwood grow
To be large enough for a tree, and so ...

Slender and twisted it shall always be
With cross-shaped blossoms for all to see.

The petals shall have bloodstains marked brown
And in the blossom's center a thorny crown.

All who see it will think of Me,
Nailed to a cross from a dogwood tree.
Protected and cherished this tree shall be
A reflection to all of My agony."

Isn't that a beautiful poem!

Here are some pink dogwood blossoms I captured with my camera (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them, if you'd like) ...

Thank you for visiting me today. I hope you are enjoying the awesome wonders of Spring where you live.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

You have outdone yourself, Janie! These are amazing photographs! Loveliness in pictures!


Sheila :-)

Deb said...

The photos are wonderful and so is the poem, what a great combination.
Tomorrow is the 1st day of Spring!!!

Beth at Aunties said...

These photos of the dogwoods are beautiful. So was the beautiful poem. Dogwoods are not a tree which is common in our area. It is so nice to witness the awesome creations Heavenly Father blessed us with in other areas of the world. I bet the blossoms smell heavenly!:-)

Bo said...

I just love this poem about the have captured its beauty so well in your photos!
;-) Bo

Picket said...

Oh Janie...what a beautiful poem...the pics are gorgeous...I love dogwoods...there is just something so breath taking about them...I have one that is loaded with buds this year...I can't wait till it blooms..hope you are having a great week my friend!

The Charm House said...

Thank you so much for the poem and reminding us of the symbolism of the dogwood!
Beautiful pictures!!

Anonymous said...

Morning Janie! Just beautiful! I love dogwoods and will never look at them the same way after reading this poem! I did visit Marty last week and saw his old cars post! You and he have the best photo eyes! Our trees and bulbs are a little slower coming up but I'm watching; the 60 tulip bulbs I planted last fall are peaking through! Hope I can capture them half as well as you did these photos! Have a great weekend dear - Sincerely, Jeannette

nikkicrumpet said...

I love to see the dogwoods bloom around here...but we still have some waiting to do. I love the pictures and that wonderful poem!

SandyCarlson said...

Gorgeous dogwoods!

Merisi said...

Thank you for these beautiful images and beautiful poem about one of my favorite trees! They remind me of my former home, on the edge of old woods, where in Spring dogswoods would light up the underwoods with their blooms. An unforgettabe sight!

Congratulations on David McMahon's Post of the Day Award!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

It's all absolutely beautiful...poem, photos, blog!!! Love it! Congrats on your mention in POTD! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Congrats on POTD mention!

Tonja said...

These photos are just lovely! Hope you and yours have a blessed Easter! God's blessing on you!