"Such Color" by Melinda Stuart.

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Photo by Melinda Young Stuart.
“Such Color: Pink dogwood tree in spring bloom, here at home,” Dillingham, N.C.
Photo taken April 13, 2011 using an Olympus SP500UZ.

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In short, my dogwood shot was taken in my own yard, here in Dillingham (might be interesting to note that D. is a crossroads still marked on road maps/GoogleMaps etc. even though a P.O. or other “center” has not existed there for many decades).

The Dillingham Presbyterian Church (a wonderful structure, itself worthy of a feature!) stands at the junction. The intersection is where Stoney Fork Road winds down from the Blue Ridge Parkway and meets Dillingham Road, one mile from the entrance to the Big Ivy section of the Pisgah National Forest and the gateway to Douglas Falls, a favorite hikers’ destination.

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Editor’s note

Pink dogwood trees like the one showcased in this photo by Melinda Stuart are now bringing spring color to landscapes throughout Western North Carolina.

Dogwoods help herald in the season as they bloom from mid-March and on into May. In 1941, the state General Assembly designated the flower of the dogwood tree, also known as Cornus florida, as the state flower. The original act that created this designation described the dogwood as “a radiantly beautiful flower which grows abundantly in all parts of this State.”

In addition to being eye-catching, “flowering dogwoods are extremely valuable for wildlife because the seed, fruit, flowers, twigs, bark, and leaves are utilized as food by various animals” such as quail, turkey, grouse, deer, rabbits, bears and more, according to the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville.

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Along with the dogwoods, other mountain favorites such as redbuds and azaleas are showing their spring colors, with mountain laurels and rhododendrons not far behind. The North Carolina Arboretum has information posted about upcoming bloom times.

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Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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  1. That’s a particularly nice take of pink dogwood, Melinda. Is it my imagination or has this been an exceptional spring for dogwoods?