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Pink dogwood

A dog wood bud just starting to open.
The colors of the youngest buds are more saturated, almost like sunset colors.
In the next step the bracts open out.
Still vibrant at the edges, razzmatazz pink.
Fully opened out dogwood bracts flopping in the wind beside one just about to open.
Opened out the colors become a little more muted, but still lovely.

These flowers are mostly showy in mass, the individual bloom is not a show stopper, like the rose, but when the morning sun hits them the opening buds have a lovely delicacy, both in form and in color.

For Weekly Prompts weekend challenge: Razzmatazz and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

My spirit lifters

My amaryllises are still going strong, but I think this may be their last hurrah for the year. The three bulbs have been providing cheer continuously since the beginning of December. I’m not generally a great lover of red but the weather has been cloudy and I’ve really been enjoying the different shades of red and the way the light plays on the petals.

Red amaryllises in full bloom.
You can see the buds in the lower left corner. The first shall be last.

The one that started the display in early December is also the one that has one still unopened bud. Obviously an over achiever in more than one way!

For Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week: Red

…and Cee’s Flower of the Day

…and the closeup of the pollen is for Sunshine’s Macro Monday.