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Good Friday's Tree

The Dogwood Legend

  "At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this. 
In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree: 
" Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."

[Today I'm in Hannover, Germany.]



Good Friday's Tree

The Dogwood Legend

  "At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this. 
In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree: 
" Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."

[Today I'm in Hannover, Germany.]



comments (24)

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Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Adebanji.
  • dotun
  • 6 Apr 2007, 00:29
so nice Ginnie, have a nice weekend.
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Dotun. You, too.
hi ginnie. did you know the dogwood tree is the native flower to british columbia. therefore it is a heavy fine if you are caught picking one of these lovely flowers. hope you have a lovely weekend!
Ginnie Hart: No, Genevieve, I did not know that about the Dogwood. There SHOULD be a fine anywhere about picking them! This particular tree grows at the edge of our woods in our Atlanta yard. I wait for it every year!
I have to say at this point I don't have a religous bone on my body and considering where I come from that's a serious confession. I really like this from you Ginnie, shows your southern roots. My mom would have loved this shot as wel as the narration. I'm watching the replay of the game and Rutchers had chances to do better but on the day well enough said.
Ginnie Hart: It wasn't until we moved to Georgia in 1987 that I saw Dogwoods up close and personal, Johnny. In Atlanta we even have a Dogwood Festival! Once the dogwoos are in bloom, you know spring is finally here!

I didn't see that game, of course, so I'm glad to see that Rutgers could have given TN a run for the money!
Very nice little flower ! I love the details in its center. Have a great week-end Ginnie. And a nice trip back !
Ginnie Hart: It really is a very special flower, isn't it, Florence! The edges of the petals signifying the nails and the crown of thorns in the middle--I'm in awe every time I see it.
  • Mia
  • 6 Apr 2007, 03:57
Sweet and refreshing smile And even the Legend... I like how I learn things on your blog. Have a lovely time in Germany Ginnie~
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mia.

I'm only in Germany until tomorrow morning when we make our 4-hour drive to Amsterdam, moving all our accumulated eartly possessions from Hanover over the last 2 years!
  • alex
  • 6 Apr 2007, 04:31
ginnie, you captured great detail in this petal. i can make out this roughness on the face of each one. it's a good macro. there are a lot of dogwoods blooming in boise right now. hope you're enjoying germany!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Alex.

As I told Mia, we're in Germany until tomorrow morning when we make our 4-hour drive to Amsterdam, moving our European apartment.
Ginnie, that's a beautiful message and picture. Dogwood trees are all over Yosemite National Park. They are my favorite flowering tree. Thank you!
Ginnie Hart: You're welcome, Kay. I very much love this tree and what it symbolizes.
  • dafredo
  • the bar
  • 6 Apr 2007, 07:39
nice message Ginnie, you did frame it very well ! have fun in Germany
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Frederic. Tomorrow we leave for Amsterdam and will be saying Good-Bye to Germany (apartment-wise, that is). But Donica will be back often for business.
Oh my. Ginnie is that for me? You didnt have to. Love the story but the capture is superb. You really plucked this one.
Ginnie Hart: No, Busola. I didn't pluck it (it's still on the tree) but it's for you nonetheless. Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 6 Apr 2007, 11:10
I love the photo. I don't think I've ever noticed the details on a dogwood blossom like you've caught in this one.

I hope the move has gone well! You must be so excited to move into that gorgeous apartment in AMS!!! Hope we can visit you there one day. Maybe . . . if I get the job! grin (Although the Netherlands wouldn't be in my territory, darn.)
Ginnie Hart: The tree is in our Atlanta yard, Ruth. I wait for it and the few others every year!

We're still packing as I write this. The move is tomorrow. Once we pull out in the van, I'll feel like it's really happening. And yes, one day you and Don will visit us in AMS! I feel it in my bones. smile
nice framing - Happy Easter!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal. The same to you!
  • Abi
  • 6 Apr 2007, 11:58
nice editorial piece
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Abi. It's a story I've always liked!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Apr 2007, 14:02
This is beautiful, appropriate for today and a great post. I really like it.
One reads about dogwoods in american books etc but I have never seen it and didn't know about this very fitting connotation. All the little parts fit your comment.
Ginnie Hart: We have things you don't see, Louis, and vice versa. I like how we can all learn from each other around the world like this. Thank you kindly.

Have a great Easter weekend.
Nice shot of the dogwood! I had never heard this story before. Do you know the history of it? It has a Disney feel to it, so I imagine it should be of fairly recent vintage.
Ginnie Hart: This story is considered to be a legend/fable, Martin, but I don't know from when. The Wiki link here does not say:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogwood_tree
Everything I have read has said it's probably not accurate or possible. But it's a meaningful legend nonetheless!
A lovely shot of the dogwood.Interesting narrative !!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Shakara. I have always liked the legend, regardless of it's truth!
  • chris p
  • waiting for the first cuckoo!
  • 6 Apr 2007, 17:55
Never heard that story before Ginnie; hope you both have a happy easter. Regards, Chris
Ginnie Hart: It's an interestig one, isn't it, Chris! You have a great Easter as well.
Beautiful single blossom Ginnie.We have one small dogwood in your back yard. It doesnt have any blossoms on it yet. It was interesting to read the legend of it.
Ginnie Hart: You'll have your blossoms before long, DD, I'm sure. Ours in Atlanta will probably be gone when I get back on the 17th! It is a nice legend, isn't it!
  • Deb
  • 6 Apr 2007, 19:20
Beautiful image, Ginnie smile
I hope you have a great Easter!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Deb. You, too.
Gosh Ginnie, I didn't know that. What a lovely tribute for today. And a lovely image too. Happy Easter.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, PP, and the same to you.
  • Ellie
  • 6 Apr 2007, 23:08
This is a truly glorious picture for today Ginnie, thanks.

Somewhere, deep in the recesses of my brain I think I've stored this story, and also the one for the Passion Flower. Isn't it wonderful. smile

You have a good Easter now, take care
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ellie. My thoughts are with you and your family.
This story makes me think of the Glastonbury Thorn, a hawthorn that blooms twice a year and is said to have sprung from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea. Plants are often used to remind people of religion (the shamrock representing the trinity is an example) and vice versa. I had never heard the dogwood legend before. Thanks for sharing it.
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, Karen. These are the stories we live by over the years/centuries! Glad I could add a new one to your list. smile
Very well done, your composition gives an interresting picture with this flower ; Fine art smile
Ginnie Hart: Asyou can see, Zeb, I'm catching up with you. smile
Hi Ginnie!
You probably know that I've been slacking on my shutterchance posts. sad...I donno how you do it! Traveling, moving, taking photos, post processing and posting all of your beautiful photos! But your wonderful photos keep me back tracking! And I'm always glad that I do! I love dogwood trees, and I think I remember reading this legend on your other blog last year and I love it. Our dogwoods at the cabin have 5 petals but are white, like this and have the same crown.
Ginnie Hart: I tell Donica that blogging (both sites) is my job! It really is full-time!

Thanks a million, dear lady, for backtracking. You always amaze and delight me!

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