Spring is such a lovely time in the Pacific Northwest. During March, April, and May trees and flowers bloom in stages. First are the cherry trees and daffodils, then come the tulips along with apple and pear trees. But right around late April, my favorite trees erupt in color.
That's right - the dogwoods!
Luckily, I needn't travel far to find a dogwood tree in bloom. My neighborhood has many to chose from, in both dazzling white and lovely pink colors.
These flowering trees make perfect photo subjects.
On a different note - there's something I need to get off my chest. Last week I attended a conference for work. In one of the presentations, I was surprised to discover one of the photographs from my blog being used in a slideshow - without my permission. I was shocked and upset.
I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that my photographs are copyrighted material, and use without my written permission is not allowed.
I spent many hours creating images, downloading, sorting, processing, and editing my photographs. I enjoy sharing these with you on my blog. But these images are my property, and I'm very protective of them. I have the right to decide who, how, where, and when my photographs are used.
This is why I don't allow copying of photographs without my written consent. This includes pinning my images to Pinterest. Once photographs are pinned to someone's board, I lose the ability to regulate their use.
Please remember to respect the work of photographers. Never use a photograph without first obtaining permission. If someone does allow you to use their image, be sure and give the photographer proper credit.
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