And Just Like That…


Magnolia 1

Magnolia 2

You’ve heard it before…

“Had it not been for my camera, I would never have noticed [fill in the blank].”

 As for me, I can think of at least 100 ways to fill in that blank, and very quickly too.  The beauty of a magnolia flower would be at the top of my list.  You cannot help but notice them when they are in full bloom, but it wasn’t until I photographed one, that I realized just how amazing Mother Nature can be.  Little ballerinas dancing such a beautiful dance for such a very short period of time each spring.

 These are two of the first photographs of a magnolia, that I’d ever taken.  The tree was a block away from home.  Huge and full of blooms.  After that first year, just about 10 years ago now, I’d watch and I’d wait.  I could tell almost to the day, when the first blooms would appear on that tree, and I’d be there with camera in hand.

 Well, it’s getting to be “watch and wait” time here again, so one morning recently, I took a walk over to “my” tree,  to see where things were at.  I didn’t see it.  I quickly justified not seeing it, by the fact that it was still dark outside.  And so I walked.  Up and down the street, knowing full well that I knew where that tree was, and that I did not need to be searching.  Looking back on it, maybe my searching was my way of delaying acceptance of what I knew.  The tree was gone.  When I returned to exactly where I knew it was, only a stump remained.

 Good-bye, and thank you, old friend.  We spent a lot of time together, and you were a true beauty.

On a happier note, some of first things we planted here in Hobbitsville were magnolias.  It will be a while before they bloom, but when they do, I’ll be there.

Have a great week ahead!

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43 comments

  1. Wow these are beautiful!!

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  2. I love these, what did you edit with (the texture I’m interested in)?

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    • Thank you, Mila! These were taken and processed quite some time ago, but I am quite sure that the textures were from the French Kiss Painterly Collection. Their textures are wonderful.

      On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 12:54 PM, A Sketchbook of Days wrote:

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  3. So soft and springy!

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  4. Gorgeous shots and edits of the Magnolias, Lisa! They really do look like ballerinas dancing. How sad that the tree has been chopped down. Perhaps it was diseased? I know you will always find more beautiful things to photograph and I look forward to them. Your images always inspire me to get out and look for more floral beauty rather than my usual landscapes!
    God bless you, my friend. 🙂

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  5. Your post has got me thinking: Had it not been for my camera, I would never have noticed…I have to say that the camera forces me to slow down and really look at everything. It has taught me so much!
    The weather is gorgeous here today. Finally!! My magnolia should burst into bloom any day now. I have a new pink one in the backyard too. Fingers crossed it produces a few blooms as well. Like you, I have a magnolia “down the street”. The tree remains, but the old gardener is gone. His magnolia produces the most amazing display of white flowers every spring. And then the petals drop like a warm snowfall.

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  6. Those Magnolias are INCREDIBLE Lisa!!! We’ve got one in our yard, and every year it comes to life just as you described here. Hmmm, maybe I need to take a closer look at it so see if I can get some shots, although I would have to say that your images are so beautiful I feel it’s been done!! 😀

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  7. It gives you a jolt of sadness when you notice something like this and yet an extra gratefulness for having noticed and captured it previously. Beautiful magnolia photos Lisa.

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  8. It’s hard to beat a Magnolia for beauty. Fragile, delicate and showy flowers, they suffer so rapidly when frost or rain comes at the wrong time. There are a lot of Magnolias near where we now live and they are a joy to see.

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  9. Oh no! I can almost feel that sinking feeling you felt when you realised it was gone! Magnolias are just magnificently beautiful! Beautiful image. Have a beautiful day.

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  10. I love these Lisa – beautiful. Magnolias are gorgeous flowers, I hope yours produce some wonderful blooms for you to photograph soon. For some reason your posts don’t show up on my reader, unless I’m missing them. Have a great week.

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  11. Well, that’s sad, I hope that there was a reason for cutting it down, like that it was almost dead, rather than just wanting it down for no reason. I always feel bad when trees are cut down. We have a half dead tree that should be cut down but it’s not dead yet and the birds love the dead branches. I can’t quite bring myself to end it all.

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  12. Oh, yes….and just like that, it’s April! Please forgive my absence, my friend. Life has me going in too many directions. But this mooring, I find myself relishing a few minutes of quiet….with no one around to pull away my attention. So, of course, I immediately came to your site! I love towering magnolia trees and their flowers. Probably because they don’t grow here and I don’t have to deal with all their garden challenges! This is such a lovely capture. Thank you for sharing. It’s started my day off well. xoxo

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  13. Lisa, I couldn’t see where to leave a comment and thought you had comments turned off! Then I realized that I had to click on your beautiful image to come down here! That magnolia bloom is truly magnificent!
    I was sorry to hear about that magnolia tree that had been cut down for whatever reason. The tree may have been sick. But now you will have your own magnolias one day and that is certainly something to be joyful about!

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  14. Goodness what a glorious flower! and your image and edit are pure perfection. Do you know, I’ve never seen a magnolia 😦 perhaps I need to put it on my list of things I must do/see. I’m truly sorry about the tree tho …

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  15. Isn’t it funny how attached we get to trees and flowers? I’m the same way, always a little bit sad to have to throw something out or take something out of my garden when I know that the plant is dead. I’m happy you caught such beauty tho to remind you of your magnolias. I keep checking our big Southern magnolia out back for any sign of buds, but I think it’ll be a while yet before I see any big white flowers blooming.

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  16. how I love magnolias! these shots of yours are lovely, so painterly.
    and, while I’m sad your tree has been taken down, it’s good to know more are growing…

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  17. The magnolia trees in my neighborhood are always pretty spectacular…most have been here for many, many years. Like you, I wait and watch for the spring flowering trees, but the magnolia is one of my favorites. You’ve really captured a beauty of single blooms, and I’m happy you’ve planted your own to enjoy. Next, I’m now waiting for the Dogwood blooms, like Evelyn. I noticed this morning, the buds are beginning to swell and have a tiny touch of color. Have a lovely week dear friend!!

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  18. These magnolias are really stunning, Lisa. How sad the tree you first photographed is gone. You sure captured a beautiful memory though and that will last forever. I hope your new trees will bloom soon. Have a great week ahead, my friend. xo

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  19. They really are quite magnificent when they are blooming. Down the street there are two massive old ones that are just spectacular when in bloom!

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  20. Beautiful images. UGH – I, too, hate seeing something cut down. My husband even knows that he has to do the annual pruning while I’m away because it drives me nuts. 🙂

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  21. Delicate and smooth and….very beautiful. Sad about the tree……

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  22. Stunning Lisa, they are one of my favorite trees to see. We can’t grow them here in the desert and it is a bummer but I enjoy seeing all that are out there in blogs like yours. I need to plan a trip when they are in bloom somewhere else than here. I am sure I wouldn’t come close to what you have gotten but it would be fun trying. Have a beautiful week Lisa.

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  23. Hi Lisa,
    what a great story of your longing for this Magnolia blossom. I understand you full and whole !
    Your photos with the texture are breathtaking and I want to see more…
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  24. oh thats so sad .. but you have some amazing photos to remember it with/by

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  25. Life is fleeting. Photos are memories. Lovely photos, Lisa.

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  26. Why do people do that? Such senseless thing to do

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  27. I how you feel about magnolias, and I’m so sad that the tree has been cut down, for whatever reason. I am on a “dogwood watch,” but the dogwoods are 60 miles away. Last week, they were still in bud form; I’m hoping for better results this coming week. There are two magnolia trees that are in the area, too. I’m hopeful. These magnolia images are stunning!

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  28. Hi Lisa ! Am so glad to have found your blog again ! I didn’t blog or visit blogs much in the past year and didn’t know you changed the name of your blog. I would search with Google and it looked like your blog was down. I finally went on my reader tonight, after many months, and I saw your post here. I should have looked before ! So I’m really glad to see you’re still sharing your wonderful photographs. I sympathise with you about the tree, I too can become very attached to trees and flowers. These two photos you took are simply stunning. Have a great week Lisa !

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  29. That is very, very sad story about your tree, Lisa.

    I don’t understand why someone destroyed such a wonderful tree. I am very found of my favorite trees, they become my friends over time. I am glad that you some day will take pictures of magnolias you planted. Yes, someday they will bloom and you will be there with your camera to celebrate their blooming.

    Beautiful photographs of magnolia’s flowers!

    Wish you a nice week my dear Lisa.

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  30. So sad that the tree is gone, but you got some gorgeous shots here.

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  31. So very beautiful! They are stunning flowers aren’t they? Sad about you three but nice to look forward to the new ones that you have planted 🙂

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  32. She was a beauty! Magnolias are incredibly pretty. How sad to see it go. I hope the ones you planted flourish and bloom sooner than expected! I know what you mean about the camera helping one appreciate nature. It’s a wonderful thing!

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  33. Magnolias are the best. I am so glad you will have your own gorgeous blooms soon.

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  34. What a blossoming tree, it is so pretty, love it Lisa.

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  35. Schöne Blüten der Magnolie zarte Farben.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  36. Your blog is just beautiful!

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  37. Oh, what a pity, dearest Lisa, we all will miss this stunning tree which gifted us wonderful and inspiring flowers … I wonder why it was cut down, they’re so strong tree !

    Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday I wish you most wonderful days to come, sweetie,
    sending you blessings of joy

    Dany

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  38. Beautiful magnolias. We are still waiting for ours to bloom here. Line you, it is a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing yours
    Have a great week.

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  39. Your’s is a fairy tale love so passionately written that it comes to life. On a different note, I love your ‘painting’ on ‘canvas’ treatment. Exquisite!

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  40. awww, bye, bye tulip magnolia, you will be missed dearly. they are beautiful, at times, i thought the were prettier than the cherry blossoms!! your image is stunning, we saw them in washington but they were past prime viewing!!!

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