stalking magnolias…

I know, I know, I’ll have to leave the magnolias alone, eventually. But for now, I keep wandering back to a certain sheltered walkway, hidden by the sky-high magnolia trees. I keep looking for more blooms to open.DSC_0021

DSC_0025When I found the first one that was somewhat near my eye level, I very carefully pulled it down so I could look at it, but didn’t disturb the fallen stamens (I looked that up, I’m pretty sure that’s what they are). One time, I pulled one down, and got several dried stamens in my face, complete with pollen. Blech.DSC_0026

DSC_0027I love the look of the magnolia bloom that is just preparing to open. DSC_0028

DSC_0030Later, they just start to open their petals, allowing a tiny glimpse of the pistils, surrounded by stamens. DSC_0032

DSC_0035After that, some of them open in a very odd fashion. One petal will come all the way open, while the others don’t. Or you’ll find some random leaves growing up between the petals, blocking your camera. And if it rains enough, they’ll just rot without ever opening.DSC_0038

DSC_0039As I write this, it’s raining again, and these pictures were taken several days ago. The magnolia trees all around Clemson are continuing to bloom, and I keep telling myself I should go to the Botanical Gardens or over by Sikes Hall to look at the trees there. But then, I remember how many other photos I’ve taken of them, and put it off for another day. DSC_0043

DSC_0045But eventually, I think I’ll find the perfect just newly opened magnolia, every petal in its absolutely perfect place, and no rain or sunshine has either rotted it or dried it out. The just-now-opened flower will also smell glorious.DSC_0052

DSC_0053One of these days, I’ll find it.DSC_0058DSC_0125


2 thoughts on “stalking magnolias…

  1. Beautiful photographs. I love magnolias, one of my favorite things about living in the South. Keep stalking them, they don’t last nearly enough and that blissful aroma, wonderful. I miss them already as they are mostly done blooming in our area.

  2. I am Canadian and live in British Columbia Canada. For a few years I lived in Marin County California and there was the most beautiful Magnolia tree on the campus of Marin College. Don’t quit taking pictures of these beautiful flowers. I am going to do a painting of them in acrylics and another in watercolor. Your closeup pictures are magnificent.
    Sally Kotoff

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