I'd like to thank our gracious hostess Susan at A Southern Daydreamer, for taking the time to host our "Outdoor Wednesdays."
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post featuring some of the old magnolia trees in the Vicksburg National Military Park (if you would like to read it, you can click here).
In that post I mentioned that I wanted to capture with my camera a Little Gem Magnolia blossom in our courtyard, showing its life cycle, from bud to faded flower. Over a period of two or three days, I took several photos of the magnolia and was amazed at how quickly it changed from one photo shoot to the next one.
During one session, I was taking some close up shots of the center of the blossom, and a very exciting thing happened (it was exciting to me, at least). I was actually able to watch some of the stamens as they fell away from the carpels, which are the greenish-gold loops shown in the photos. I was transfixed, and even a little teary-eyed, as I watched this awesome display of God's creation.
I created a slide show of the photos I took of this lovely flower, and I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed taking them (be sure to turn your sound up before you start the slide show).