Friday, February 20, 2009

The Legend of the Flowering Dogwood Tree

Isn't this Photographic Print by Gay Bumgarner GORGEOUS?!!! I love Dogwoods and Daisies and clouds and open meadows. I love Ms. Gay Bumgarner's work. You can buy this print by clicking on it or copying/pasting this link His gallery there at is filled with heart touching, gorgeous Photographic art that he has created.

Have you heard the legend of the Flowering Dogwood? This site has a wonderful description.

Legend of The Dogwood Tree Story

Two thousand years ago, few trees in the Middle East were big enough to construct anything. However, one tree was valued above the others for its thick trunk and fine, strong wood.

When the Romans came to rule over Jerusalem, their government used this same timber to build the crosses for executing criminals. A group of workers were assigned to gather wood for the crosses. Before long, every Roman official knew the best wood came from these gatherers of execution wood, so those workers became popular.

One day, the wood gatherers received a special request. An officer of the Roman court came and said, "The King of Jews is to be put to death. Deliver an extra-large cross made from your finest wood." So, a fresh tree was cut from the forest of the trees with thick trunks and fine, strong wood. An extra-tall (and extra-heavy) cross was quickly made and delivered.

Three days after the death of Jesus of Nazereth, the chief wood gatherer got alarming news. "All of our finest trees are withering!" the messenger whispered. The wood gatherer hurried to the forest and saw that it was true.

Several years later, the chief wood gatherer heard that, every spring, many people visited the old forest that had once made his job so easy. Despite his advancing years, he set out to discover why. He saw the remains of forest, now like a salty bottoms, with only a few trees still standing tall, bare, lifeless and rotting.

But what was this? As he drew closer, his feeble eyes could make out the people walking among thousands of beautiful, flowering bushes. Seeing one of his own workers there, the old man said, "No one could ever make a cross out of this twisted wood. Our finest tree has gone to the dogs!" He noticed the beautiful white flowers, each blossom looking as if it had been burned from the touch of a miniature cross.

As told to Ben Baston by his grandmother, Louise Brown.

There Is A 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."

The pink dogwood is said to be blushing
for shame because of the cruel purpose
which it served in the Crucifixion.
The weeping dogwood further symbolized the sorrow.
The red dogwood, called the Cherokee, bears
the color to remind us of the blood shed by our Savior.


Sharon said...


I saw your kind note of appreciation re the flowering dogwood. I do want to clarify a few things and perhaps share some additional resources.

Gay was my mother and SHE was a feisty, good humored trail blazer. She died last August at ~82 years and she did indeed leave a respectable body of gorgeous pictures.

We have a website we just put up of her work starting with 6 galleries just to give a hint of the range of work she did over her 30 years as a photographer and naturalist. I welcome you to go look at and see more of her work. I will continue to add more galleries and topic areas for others to enjoy including whimsical animal shots (ones she raised for conservation dept), food, gardens, inspirational scenes, and many more.

Starting this month The Allposters and selections will be coming down from the web. I do hope that people will be able to find her work and that if they want it we can make it available in a higher quality which was important to her.

She was a character and an elegant woman of strong passions and political views. I hope, in time, to be able to add more about her to the website.

If there are images that people would like they are available from us. I hope you enjoy the website and thanks for the nice feedback

Sharon McDonnell
c/o Gay Bumgarner Images
Box 212 Peacham VT

Gay said...

We have made real progress. I was sad to see the picture of the field /meadow was gone-- did it get disconnected for you?
Our website is up and I hope you will visit it at:
we have a wide variety of images and ways to share them and welcome you go come see what my mother and I have.

Be well
Sharon for
Gay bumgarner Images