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The dogwood tree at the First Presbyterian Church: from sticks and stones to a burst of flowers, then to dense green leaves. (Photos by Matt Minde)

The dogwood tree at the First Presbyterian Church: from sticks and stones to a burst of flowers, then to dense green leaves. (Photos by Matt Minde)

From sticks and stones

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Spring always moves too fast. The fragile floral beauty that sneaks in after the snow melts is soon hammered away by seasonal storms in what seems the blink of an eye, so that it’s hard to remember exactly how the magical transition went.

The dogwood tree in front of the First Presbyterian Church has been one of those quick-change artists. One passes by daily, glancing first at sticks, then faint hints of buds, a brief explosion of white and then — just as quickly — lush green leaves, with no trace of the splendid blossoms that dazzled in the early spring light.

In this video, a series of photographs from early March to mid-May recall the dramatic progression.
 

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