Last year I wrote about one tradition among photographers from the Sacramento area, photographing Lotus flowers at the William Land Park in the summer, but I somehow managed to skip the Spring’s Dogwood flower season in town. Every April, photographers walk the streets of Sacramento, trespassing on people’s lawns and driveways, to capture the beautiful Dogwood flowers that grow in the residents’ gardens. The neighborhood around the McKinley Park is one of the best, but if you do not like trespassing, the Capitol Mall also has white and pink dogwood flowers.
On April 3rd, my friend Beth and I headed to town very early in the morning to photograph the Dogwood flowers. As usual, I felt that I am too short for this type of photography and, for the most part, we were aiming and shooting up. The featured photograph was an exception: trespassing rewarded me with this eye-level flower. I photographed it with my z50 coupled with Nikon 105 mm 2.8 at f/8, 1/200s, ISO 320. In post-processing, I added some grain.
Another photo from that outing, displayed below, was taken with the same equipment and settings, in the traditional position, looking up. Both are in my printing queue.
Dogwoods belong in the genus Cornus (family Cornaceae), which has some 60 species. I really don’t know which species are cultivated in the Sacramento area, but I think on my walk today I spotted at least three varieties, two white and one pink.
A third photo I took that day, I have posted on my botanical “flower” portfolio. GeoGalleries offers these room views with your art on the wall, and I made a screen shot because I think the decoration of the room looks pretty cool. But white chairs… not so sure I would like that in my house.
A color version of this photograph is available for print purchases here.
Question for my readers: in your area, are there recurring photography themes the local photographers join each year and post on social media? Besides the dogwoods here, there are the lotus, the Lupines and California poppy on hills, mustard fields and sunflowers.
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