Sunday, July 14, 2013

Monday Magnolias

The other day, I came across a magnolia tree, but the flowers were really past their prime. Even so, I saw a kind of beauty in them and took some pictures.
So I went back a few years, and found these magnolia pictures that I took of a freshly blooming plant. You can see the difference!
So there you have it, both old and new. Magnolias are the oldest of all the flowering plants, they bloomed when dinosaurs walked the earth!


“But you, Bethlehem, David's country, the runt of the litter— From you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule Israel. He'll be no upstart, no pretender. His family tree is ancient and distinguished.”
Micah 5


22 comments:

Betsy Adams said...

Sometimes, 'past our prime' is beautiful, isn't it???? Hopefully that is true of us humans also... ha

I love Magnolia blooms --and they smell so good. When I worked in Texas, there was a huge magnolia tree near our office. I'd bring in one large bloom each day into the office --and the entire room would smell awesome...

Hugs,
Betsy

Linda said...

Wow, Ginny, absolutely gorgeous.

Eva Ason said...

The Magnolia's are so beautiful, love seeing them in full bloom.

reana claire said...

So these are magnolias! Very nice and I mean your camera too.. sharp pictures taken here..

SweetMarie said...

I didn't know Magnolias had been around for so long. They really are beautiful!
Hope you enjoy your week!

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, those are gorgeous blooms Ginny. All of the magnolia trees here lost there flowers a couple of months ago. I love the scent of the blooms in the spring.

I had no idea that even the dinosaurs got to enjoy their beauty.

Ann said...

even old they are still very pretty.

Ma said...

I've never seen a Magnolia in real life. Beautiful!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Ginny It is always good to see things at any stage of development. Each centre looks like a candle to me, burning brightly. Margaret

Sandra said...

i love the seed pods best of all... they are all beautiful no matter which stage they are in. i am always admiring the drooping and wilting hisbicus in the yard, from tiny bud to dying droop, i love them all. i did not know about them being the oldest blooming plant.

Rose said...

This is a wonderful series of shots! All are so interesting...

Shug said...

Wonderful photos of the pods and the lowers. The yard next to ours has a huge magnolia tree. I get to enjoy the beauty of the tree, without having to worry about cleaning up the mess underneath. The root system under this particular tree is massive. Enjoyed the teaching here. I did not know the tree dated back that far

Chatty Crone said...

There are a lot of magnolias here in GA. I did not know that they were here when the dinosaurs were here. How interesting. They are beautiful and they smell so good. Sandie

DawnTreader said...

Magnolia flowers are very photogenic whatever stage they're in :)

Tamago said...

Even though the magnolia flowers are past prime, they look very beautiful in your photos! The prime ones are of course beautiful, too. I didn't know they are flowering since dinosaurs times! Glad they didn't extinct :-)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These sre so neat. I love the little spikes.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Pretty shots, Ginny! I learned something new about magnolias, too. thanks!

George said...

Your recent photos of the magnolia blossoms show a beautiful plant, even if the blossoms were past their prime.

LC said...

Your photos tell a story that every life stage has its own special beauty and value.

Annie said...

Really? Amazing to learn that they bloomed with dinosaurs. No wonder I like them so much.

Brandi said...

Such beautiful pictures. I live in Georgia the trees are everywhere around here. I think all of my neighbors have them in their yards too.

Dee said...

It is good to see that beauty may change but is still beauty.