Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Beauty of Faded Magnolias

I'm sure most of us would agree that when it comes to flowers, a magnolia blossom in full bloom truly epitomizes God's glory at its finest.

From its pristine creamy-white petals curling gracefully around its red seed pod ...

to its rich shimmery-dark-green leaves with their contrasting coppery undersides.

I love photographing magnolias and, if you are a regular visitor here at Southern Lagniappe, you know I love sharing those photographs. In fact, here is my most recent post featuring some of my latest magnolia pictures ... Sweet Magnolias

I took those pictures a couple of weeks ago, and now our Little Gem Magnolia trees are full of blossoms in all stages of their blooming cycle ... from rich, creamy white blossoms in full bloom, to blooms with petals withering and fading to brown.

I don't know if you have ever looked closely at the faded blossoms, but I have ... and I think they have a beauty all their own.

I tried to capture some of that beauty with my camera late yesterday afternoon and would like to share those pictures today.


It's hard to believe that just a few days ago, this shriveled petal that now closely resembles an orange-peel ...

... looked similar to this!

Aren't God's magnolias truly awesome creations! Look at what is left after the blossom has faded and dropped its petals ...

It's a seed pod -- filled with the seeds of the next generation of Little Gem Magnolia trees, ready to be cast with the wind, even before this tree has finished its blooming cycle.

What a beautiful testament to God's promise of Life Everlasting!

5 comments:

Deb said...

I think the mangnolias are beautiful...and the old ones have a beauty all of its own...I guess it is like people...babies are beautiful...and our seniors are beautiful in a unique way...

Stacey said...

They are awesome!

racheld said...

All stages of beautiful have their place in the way of things, and you've captured a wonderfully-lush cycle of a beautiful creation.

When the leaves bronze and stand their last days, they've achieved a beauty and dignity not given to the fresh white clusters, and deserve the honor of their age and their longevity.

Lisa said...

I have always loved magnolias. And the scent is simply intoxicating.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wonderful photos, Janie. I like the faded color, too, because it almost looks tea-stained and even a bit like a kid glove.

Just as with magnolias, I love roses when their petals are ready to fall off. They have a lushness that they don't have when only a mere bud.

XO,

Sheila :-)