Well on Sunday we had a cold frosty start to the day, but with some glorious sunshine, which made the Dogwood bushes positively glow. I just had to get out there with the camera!
I have tried lots of times to photograph the branches of Dogwood bushes in their Winter colours, but I have never really managed to get a good photo. The trouble is, the camera gets confused by the mass of inter-twining branches and twigs, so if one bit of your photo is nicely focused, it is spoiled by a random jumble of fuzzy bits all around it -- like this:
This one was about the best I achieved
This one is OK-ish too (as long as you enlarge it)
Anyway, this time I tried a different approach: I cut a handful of twigs, put them in a vase and photographed them all together in a reasonably regular configuration, with all the twigs pointing in more-or-less the same direction. The results are quite pleasing. They certainly demonstrate the wide range of colour variation available with this species, ranging from green, through yellow and orange to bright fiery red and deep crimson.
Did you see the white speckly things in the bottom right-hand corner of "Outdoors3"? They are frozen raindrops on the surface of the garden table (I took the photos at about 0930 a.m.). Here are some close-up pictures of them
Final thought for today: after I had finished photographing the Dogwood twigs, I dipped them in hormone rooting powder and planted them in some pots of compost, in the hope that some of them will take root. In a way I hope they don't ALL take root, because if they do I will have 24 more Dogwood bushes to cope with!