Photograph – Dogwood

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Dogwood trees are blooming in Southern New Jersey this weekend. My husband and I camped in Belleplain State Forest on Friday night and found this beautiful specimen in the forest.

Legend of the Dogwood Flower

The dogwood flower is “a representation of the Crucifixion itself, with the four white bracts cross-shaped, which represent the four corners of the Cross, each bearing a rusty indentation as of a nail and the red stamens of the flower, represents Jesus’ Crown of Thorns, and the clustered red fruit represent His Blood”

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