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Hawthorne Blossoms and Sky Above

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 5 May 2011 in Plant & Nature.

I was actually haviing second thoughts about putting this image up here but the way things are going this week, I don't have time to substitute before the midnight deadline - so .......Here it is ;-)

These are blossoms from a ing Hawthorne tree , set against the sky (and another hawthorne tree beyond) ....They are native trees and are gorgeous when in bloom like this. The trees are nicely shaped and really make a great ornamental landscape tree. The blossoms don't last very long..just a 2-3 weeks from start to finish and with the weather here being as weird as it is this year, even shorter!

When fully opened, the blossoms remind me of Almond blossoms...Hey, I grew up in the Sacramento Valley in Roseville where almonds and olives were king! I wish all of you the very best - have a great day!

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Bill Brown from California, United States

Looks great against the blue sky background.

5 May 2011 6:18am

@Bill Brown: Hi Bill - Thank you so much - I love your poppies today - wow!

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Glorious blossoms - I like the other tree beyond - and the blue sky beyond that!

5 May 2011 10:06am

@Stephen: Thank you very much, Stephen...all the best!

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

i love that contrast between this blossoms and the cloudless sky!

5 May 2011 10:20am

@klausZ: Hi Klaus! Thank you very much..the sky was a very pretty blue that morning! All the best to you!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Awesome shot, for colour and the shallow dof, well done!

5 May 2011 11:28am

@Curly: Hi Curly - Thank you very much - always appreciated

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Perfect framing and excellent DOF control in this shot Denny! I am very glad you reconsidered and posted this shot! ;-)

5 May 2011 12:53pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks Eric- I do appreciate this!!

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Lovely DOF! Those buds look like they're getting ready to explode into color.

5 May 2011 1:38pm

@Jason Politte: Thanks Jason - And explode they did...and do...they don't last real lobg but ae gorgeous while they are out..the trees are literally covered with them normally. Thanks again!

Phil Morris from Canada

How beautiful, Denny, the buds look like small roses and the flowers make me wish
I could get a bouquet from your tree. Wonderful photo.

5 May 2011 2:35pm

@Phil Morris: Thank you very much, Phil...I ma sneezing but I still love them ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I love the selective focus and the clear, blue sky. No substitute necessary, Denny.

5 May 2011 2:37pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks Barbara!! I do appreciate it ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Brilliant !!! This bright colors against that cloudless sky... it's just fantastic ! 5***** for me, without any doubt.
Have a lovely day Denny :)

5 May 2011 3:08pm

@Tamara: Hi Tamara! Thank you so much...have a great weekend!

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A feast for the eyes! Wonderful colors, Denny.

5 May 2011 3:42pm

@Francisco Romero: Thank you so very much, Franciso!!

rem_la from Villiers, France

d'une pure beauté !

5 May 2011 3:45pm

@rem_la: Thank you very much Rem_la ;-)

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Superb...... a wonderful bright sharp image of these lovely blossoms.

5 May 2011 3:55pm

@Michael Fresh: Hi Micahel! Thank you for visiting my blog and thanks very much for your kind comment ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine selective focus. the Hawthorne is very much in bloom here

5 May 2011 4:47pm

@john4jack: Thank you Jack! I ampleased that you have them too...I don't remember seeing them around Seattle / Bellevue but they probably are there...quite gorgeous! Thanks again!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Yes the focus is really nice.

5 May 2011 6:27pm

@Nigel: Thank you so much, Nigel ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

great colors and pov, denny! if it wasn't for the delicate flowers, it could well be a fall scene!

5 May 2011 7:55pm

@franz: Hi Franz - Thank yuo sior ;-) I loved your image today...very intersting filter effect ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful color! I know what you mean about the weather. It was 80 something yesterday and I don't think it even got out of the 50's today. The azaelas have not lasted long at all.

5 May 2011 9:25pm

@Elaine Hancock: That's for sure and I have some kind of bug becasue of all of this too...can you prescribe anything Nurse Hancock?? Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day if we don't "talk."

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Denny why would you have any reservations about posting this? It's beautiful, colorful, crisp, perfectly focused, and composed. It's every thing I love about spring. Denny this is a 'money' shot! Print it, put it in a frame and see what happens.

5 May 2011 10:31pm

@Ralph Jones: Hi Ralph - Well thank you very much...I don't know...sometimes I just wonder about my stuff...but I guess that's why we are on this blog...it helps to get feedback for sure. Thanks again Ralph - that's really a nice thing to say ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wow, this is gorgeous!

5 May 2011 10:43pm

@Steve Rice: Hi Steve - Thank you so much ;-)

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Oh My, colour, focus , DOF, perfect Denny.

5 May 2011 10:57pm

@Williams: Pauul I really appreciate your kind comment...take care...still in SD??

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Perfectly composed under great sunlight. The colors and clarity are beautiful and I love the DoF which still gives substance to the rest of the tree in the background.

6 May 2011 12:07am

@Steven: Hi Steven..Gosh thanks very much! What a nice comment - I really appreciate it ;-)

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Great photo, Denny! I don't know why you wouldn't post this shot.

6 May 2011 4:33am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Gorgeous, Denny - in every way! Things aren't this far along yet here -

6 May 2011 4:52am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

this is a very nice image, and the flowers are pretty. I like the blue sky in the background.

6 May 2011 9:44am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

the combination of colors here is really striking. Nicely done, and I can't imagine why you hesitated to post such a lovely photo.

6 May 2011 11:56pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Incredible shot. I love it, with the blue sky behind, great focus on some, and DOF is great on others.

10 May 2011 12:54am

Julie from Easton, United States

I am playing catchup now! So sorry I have been away so long! Great shots!

16 May 2011 12:35am

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