Here in Western North Carolina, we’ve had incredible thunderstorms in June, 2009, which has dumped lots of much-needed rain throughout the mountains. After the severe drought of the last two years, this dogwood branch seemed to be reaching out in gratefulness for the blessings of the pouring rain. I added the Orton effect which seemed to give the photo a more dramatic feel. Hope you like it! Taken in Penrose, North Carolina.