I’m believe this is a magnolia… of some sort. Just waiting on Tom Cruise to confirm. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Stanley Spector (*watching it rain frogs*): “This happens. This is something that happens.”

– Jeremy Blackman – Magnolia

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified


76 thoughts on “Magnolia

    • They are a bit odd, aren’t they? The ‘pods’ the bloom out of seem a bit strange, too… interesting, though. Wikipedia says some members of the subfamily go back 95 million years… kind of cool, when you think about it!
      Thank you very much, S.E.!

    • That would have been my guess, too… the tree this branch came off of looks a bit different the the other magnolias around here… but according to Wikipedia there are 210 flowering plant species in the subfamily… so… you know… ‘them facts gotta’ hold up’… maybe.
      Thank you very much, Tracy!

    • Ohhhh, yeah, bottle. I see it now. The background of this was wildly confusing to me, but the foreground was wildly beautiful, so it evened out to a nice, neutral, half-pretty picture.

      j/k, SIG, j/k. It’s lovely. One of those times when shadows really work.

  1. How did you get the white and brown reversed like that?! I love the reflection/color and how it is the opposite. Neat stuff, SIG. The brown reflection in the bottle reminds me of the shape of a coke bottle. This photo has so much in it – I stare and see something new every time. Well done!
    Oh, and have a great weekend!

    • The light did all the work for me with that, Ms. D…
      I just lined it up so the line between the light coming through the window and ‘shadow’ from the inside the room were somewhat centered on the bottle. Hahaha… very happy to hear you are a reminded you of a Coke bottle! That’s probably my all-time favorite beverage! I think I might just have to go get some now… well… I pretty much had to anyway!
      Thanks so much, Ms. D! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

    • the petals look like it could be a dogwood.
      however the stigma definitely looks like it belongs to a magnolia.
      am no pro by any means, but YMMG (you made me google) and I found ‘flower’ in wikipedia, as well as dogwood – ‘cornus (genus)’ and ‘magnolia’.

  2. There is a stunning magnolia tree in my mom’s neighbor’s yard. The fragrance is intoxicating. I love that you chose magnolias for this piece.

    • There where I’m originally from… but they sure seem happy to be around here… which makes me happy (because, as you’ve said they are magnificent)!
      Thanks so much, Mr. M!

  3. Confession time . . . I find it so difficult commenting on your wonderful images! I keep scrolling up and down, up and down back to the image which keeps drawing me back simply to look at and enjoy because there is always so much to see.
    The amber light, reflection, form and angle are all so hypnotic. Honest!

    • Oh, my! Thank you so much for such a wonderfully warm and generous comment!
      I am so flattered by your great comment!
      I just try to work on things that interest me, and then hope that other folks will be amused by some of it, too!
      You are far, far too kind, Ms. K! Thank you again!

  4. Ah, when the magnolia’s bloom in the glass menagerie, and the shadows of memory reveal themselves. Beautiful composition.

  5. Love this one. This species of magnolia grows here. The trees are not like the ones we have at home. I have a picture of my sister sitting in one. When I showed the picture to another friend, she was convinced it could not be a magnolia because the trunk was too big for my sister to get her arms around. I know that one has been there more than 60 years because I remember it being big when I was a little girl.

    Fabulous presentation, SIG. I particularly like the perspective. I am a few steps left of center, so for me this one is perfect.

    • Sounds like a wonderful tree where some great memories were made!
      I grew up to far North for Magnolias to be very common, but they seem to be doing very well here! To tell you the truth, I don’t always even recognize or remember how many there really are (can you tell I’m not much of a gardening guru?) until they are in bloom, and then I’m pleasantly surprised all over again!
      Thank you very much for your kindness, Red! I sincerely appreciate it!

      • I was amazed when I moved further north to see them growing in the open (along with dogwoods). Where I come from, both species have to grow under the cover of oaks or coniferous trees so they do not burn up.

        All time fave magnolia is the Japanese. Looking forward to planting another one when I get home. I have a fab painting of JM blooms in my dining room. My computer faces it. It is one of my inspiration points.


        • Just looked up a Japanese Magnolia as my botanical skills are a bit sad (now where did I leave my dichotomous key again?)! Good call, Red… not too shabby looking! I can see why you are looking forward to planting one… AND why you find them inspiring… so nice!

          • I have a green thumb with a skunk-like black stripe down it. If something at my house dies and comes back, it deserved to live here. After the initial testing, things grow around me in abundance. I will be posting a picture in the next weekish which is one of my fave plants. I have one indoors (where it is not supposed to grow) which blooms the most amazing, plastic-looking flowers. It has four bloom heads on it now…something else it is not supposed to do.

            Makes my green-thumbed mother jealous. She has one and hers only blooms one at a time πŸ˜‰

    • Not at all! I imagine you are a very busy lady right about now…
      all the usual goings-on, plus that wonderful news about the new book, too!
      Congratulations again, Dishy! And thank you! I sure hope you and your family are doing well, too!

  6. Lovely! Smelled lovely too! πŸ™‚ I was surprised that it bloomed so long after being picked.

    P.S. I just heard the owl again…

  7. I love Magnolia’s…one of my favorite trees. You know many, many years ago when I lived in Riverside Calif for a short time they had a street called Magnolia and both sides of the street was lined with these beautiful Magnolia trees…..Excellent Sig!
    Hugs, xx

    • Thanks much, Martin!
      I shot this a lot ‘sharper’ but wound up putting in a little artificial blur…
      hope I found the right balance between some background interest and distraction…

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