A Different View of a Favorite

I think falling in love with the Magnolia is a part of growing up in the south.  No tree is more beautiful and breath-taking than a Magnolia grandiflora in full bloom.  West Georgia College (now known as the University of West Georgia) had a grove of these southern magnolias on the front campus — right is front of my dorm.  Late spring the fragrance would fill the air!

Since I moved to Kentucky, I’ve tried to bring my magnolias with me.  It’s a struggle with Kentucky’s unpredictable weather, but I haven’t given up.  My last magnolia was planted in New Castle, and moved with me six years ago.  I am thankful every spring when winter is past and it continues to live.

There is more beauty to a Southern Magnolia than those glossy, green leaves and huge, fragrant blooms.  Inside the white flower is the beginnings of a seed pod.  How unusual and funky is this?

In late summer and early fall, the pedals long gone, a tight pod takes the show.  Lovely in it’s own right with the palest hint of red.

 

When these tight fruits dry, two seeded red fruits appear.

So much beauty that is hardly ever noticed.

I think the love of magnolias is rooted in my southern heritage.  I now have another “tree love” that has been an acquired fondness.  I’ll share it with you in a later post.

A Weed by any other name…

Lush and oh, so green — that’s Kentucky in the spring.  Come August and it’s a very different story.  After a dry August, it’s a crisp, brown wasteland.  As I was walking my dogs, brown grass crunching with each step, I noticed mixed in with the drab landscape, tiny bits of color.  Weeds.  Even with the heat and lack of water, weeds were blooming.  I thought it would be fun to capture some shots of weeds in a different perspective.  Capture them as “color”, not as an obnoxious plant needing to be hoed out.  Ironweed, Queen Anne’s Lace and even the ever so obnoxious thistle — a bit of beauty on the parched landscape.

Can’t Resist the Flowers!

I haven’t blogged a single post in over three months!  Why?  Frankly, I’ve been paralyzed… paralyzed with indecision.  In an e-course I was taking, Hello Soul Hello Business, I was chosen to be mentored by Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nichols.  Wow!  So exciting.  Their main suggestion was that I combine my business website with my three blogs.  Yes, I know it’s crazy to have three blogs.  I’ve thought, and thought, and thought some more.  I just can’t see how to do it.  I can’t do it.  And last week, I decided, I don’t WANT to do it.

Still paralyzed with indecision as to what to do with this blog.  I’ve thought of renaming so that it fits more with the name theme of my other two blogs, Living within your Harvest and Neglected Seeds.  Any ideas?

Regardless of the indecision, I can’t resist joining in on my friend Lori Moon’s May Flower Challenge.  She is an incredible photographer and blogger, and I’ve been enjoying her posts all month.  The month is just about gone, but I’m sliding in with my very favorite flower — hellebores or more commonly known as Lenten Rose.

The simplicity and elegance of the Lenten Rose is what I think draws me to it.  They are the first to bloom — sometimes even in snow — and with such an intensity of color.  The color fades over time, but the simplistic elegance remains.

A single Lenten Rose with Kim Klassen’s texture “green.”

Remembering Ms. Guinea

Guinea Fowl are strange birds, and I had only seen them in pictures when I decided to buy 45 newly hatched chicks.  A third of them were promised as soon as they arrived.  When they were older, I gifted them until I had six remaining.  A half a dozen guinea happily grazing the yard sounded just right.

And then they were discovered by a Great Horned Owl, and within two weeks I was down to one guinea — Ms. Guinea.  She continued to out-smart the Owl for several months.  Each morning she was outside to greet me and would often sit on my home office window looking in.  Guineas can be loud, and no one came to the house without her alarm sounding.

Last week the Owl won.  Such is nature.  My Texture Tuesday project is a tribute to Ms. Guinea.

This is Kim Klassen’s texture “Felicity”.  One layer at normal 19% and one layer at soft light 100%.

Texture Tuesday

As if I don’t have enough on my plate, I’m also participating in Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday.  The theme for this Tuesday is the word “open”.  Here’s my result.

I started with a stack of my old logic books — some things you just can’t let go.  Took a photograph with my macro lens.  And I do love my macro lens!  I’ve added Kim Klassen’s textures “Serendipity” and “Shades of November”.   Cropped the photo a bit, and there you have it.