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 ...
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!