05 March 2012
Let me know which is your favorite.
I grabbed my camera and tripod to bask in the late afternoon light. Its brilliance was so energetic that it turned gravity on its side and lassoed me. Two ingredients were prime for this photo shoot: the setting sun’s scattering beams and the glacial change of the sun’s angle as winter moves into spring.
Yes, spring seems to be here: early seasonal wildflowers are either blooming or spent. Trees are budding with a vengeance. Flowers nodding for a pose. Oh, and peepers melodic serenades are airborne through the woods.
I headed to my alma mater’s Botanic Gardens. As I ambled here and there, I found some worthy models. My favorites are posted in the Lens section, and clearly are signals of showy bloomers that are either in sync with the seasonal shift or premature with their presence.
Here are some interesting facts about magnolias. Each of the two varieties that I shot are deciduous, meaning that they do not keep their leaves in winter months like the Grandiflora Magnolia do. With over eighty varieties, the species was named by the French botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715). Some have blossoms with either single or double pistils. And it’s inspiring to know that these beauties are thought to be one of the oldest flowering plants.
Each of the varieties that I shot has its distinct fragrance that sent joy through my senses. The larger one with eight petals is almost pure white with just a slight hint of pink at its outer base. But the smaller blossom with six petals fans pinkish purple on its exterior. For me these foreshadows of spring created another fond memory of Mother Nature’s magic and majesty.
Note: As always I welcome your comments on this post or any part of my blog. Stay tuned for Foreshadowing Spring, Part Two.