Hydrangea Subtlety

Photo Friday Theme: Flowers

I have been taking floral pictures almost every day this Spring, but my love for hydrangea leads me to post this shot. I adore the subtle color changes within a flower and the soft textures of each flower within the flower.

Fresh Blossoms in Spring

Pink Dogwood Blossoms by Kim O’Neill


The Legend of the Dogwood

In Jesus time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.

‘Twas strong & firm it’s 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 & 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 throny 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.”

– Unknown

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Fresh.”

Blooming Art

Making art from an iPhone.

I have been having fun photographing the blooming trees this spring and have fallen in love with dogwood blooms. Exploring different effects from apps like Photoshop Express and My Sketch are a great way to play with photos on your phone or iPad. They are easy to use, inspire creativity with your shots, and a fun distraction while you are waiting in the car or taking a flight.

I took the photo below with my iPhone in the backyard and then used instagram effects and cropping.The effect at the bottom was cropped and then used watercolor filter from My Sketch.

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Thoughts of Spring

I am excited looking for those first signs of spring, but with such a brutal winter I guess it may show a little later this year. Here are my photos from spring last year.  – Kim





The first day of spring is one thing,

and the first spring day is another.

The difference between them

is sometimes as great as a month.

Henry Van Dyke