In Search of Dogwoods

Today, kiddo and I had a bowling tournament in the same town where my husband and I have Tuesday bowling league. It’s about an hour drive north of here and it was a beautiful day for a trip.

A lot of the trees are blooming around here right now and the redbuds are really putting on a show. But, we set out in search of dogwoods.

After the tournament was over, we tried the beach area on Clearwater Lake to see if any were blooming there. No luck and, actually, there wasn’t even a beach because the lake is so high.

April 8, 2023 sign at the bowling alley
April 8, 2023 water on the parking lot at the beach
April 8, 2023 water over the road at the beach

From there we went to Lon Sanders Canyon Conservation Area. I posted about awhile back, about how we never even knew it was there. We started our hike riverside and I was beginning to think we weren’t going to see a dogwood there either.

We got downstream, and right next to where kiddo planted himself by the water, was the lone dogwood of the day.

It was so beautiful!

Those white petals with green accents make me smile! I mean, how amazing is it, that something so tightly tucked away in a bud emerges so perfectly?

my favorite is a dogwood bloom with a blue lit sky
dogwood blooms at Lon Sanders Canyon Conservation Area
April 8, 2023 dogwood bloom
April 8, 2023 Lon Sanders Canyon Conservation Area

Before we left, we went up the creek towards a waterfall we saw last time. It was glorious, once again.

April 8, 2023 waterfall near Piedmont Missouri

We didn’t win the bowling tournament, but we both got our averages and above. What a super fun mom and son day!

Thanks for reading!


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15 thoughts on “In Search of Dogwoods

  1. We had a warm and sunny Sunday and at the Botanical Gardens some of the early blooming flowers were just starting to open … I have seen only a few daffodils in the neighborhood so I thought I’d go there to see a little. I’ve not seen any Dogwood blossoms yet … it will be a little while yet for them.

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    • Hi! Oh I bet you’d love that whole area up there. So many natural areas. After we left there we went to a place called Sam A. Baker. It’s a state park with a restaurant, store, and cabins to rent. We turned around in an equestrian campground and got to see some beautiful horses. Thank you, Easter looks a little different this year- we stayed home since we were just at dad’s. The sun is out and the weather is warming up. Hope you have a great Easter, too.

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  2. How pretty is the dogwood flower! I once read what this flower symbolize, but had to google it again to refresh my mind. If you don’t know it already, here it is:
    “Flowering dogwood flowers symbolize strength and reliability as well as purity and innocence. These flowers are strongly linked to Christianity and represent the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.” 🌸
    Love your photos!

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    • Hi! I’m so happy you shared that. I’d heard that dogwoods were tied into crosses somehow, but I didn’t know that. How beautiful! Thank you, wish you could go there- it’s such an amazing place.

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