Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Bud -- Saucer Magnolia

Tiny bud of a Saucer Magnolia


From bud to full opening, the glory of this flower — called Saucer Magnolia, Chinese Magnolia, Japanese Magnolia — comes upon us quickly and lasts only a few, albeit fabulous, days.  All too often, brisk winds and sudden drops in temperature take their toll, and the glory fades sooner than the already short bloom time allows.  But oh, what a joy to drive through Knoxville, pointing out full-blown specimens and reveling in their ephemeral charm!

Almost open -- Saucer Magnolia

Almost open — Saucer Magnolia, Knoxville, Tennessee


Morning dew -- Saucer Magnolia

Morning after a spring rain — Saucer Magnolia


Mature beauty -- Saucer Magnolia

Ephemeral beauty — a Saucer Magnolia, Knoxville, Tennessee


For more entries in this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral, click here. 

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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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27 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

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  3. Su Leslie says:

    These are beautiful shots. I love magnolia (except for the slippery carpet of fallen, bruised petals). 🙂

  4. Amazing photos…. wow love them!
    Our magnolias in Shanghai were extra short lived this year 😦 I posted them last week for Fresh and the next night we had a cold snap and they went brown. Shame since they are so lovely.

  5. These are really fantastic. Makes me want to paint them. Now! 😀 Thanks for sharing them.

  6. So magnificent. I love to see Magnolia trees in bloom. 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    Beautiful ephemeral post! Lovely magnolia.

  8. Tina Schell says:

    Very nice! Not familiar with the Saucer Magnolia – so different from our cream-colored magnolia here in Charleston.

    • We love seeing these bloom each year, but they don’t last long. In fact, these were snapped away last night by a freeze, so I’m glad I got out and took the pictures when I did. Thanks for the comment.

  9. What a lovely sequence Rusha. I just love the unfolding of spring and your sequence illustrates it beautifully.

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