Southern glimpses: Magnolia grandiflora

Magnolia grandiflora -- June 4, 2015

We’ve had a lot of rain lately.  Maybe that’s the explanation.  Or perhaps it’s the combination of hot, direct sun in the afternoons followed by bouts of heavy rain.  I really don’t know.

Magnolia grandiflora -- waiting to open

But when I went out for a morning walk today, I had to turn back to grab my camera.  Magnolias in my neighborhood were in full bloom.  Showy.  Softly unfolding.  Beautiful.

Magnolia grandiflora -- barely open

Creamy blooms on shiny dark green leaves. Opening to the morning sun.

Magnolia grandiflora --  View from inside

Begging to be seen.  And smelled.

Magnolia grandiflora -- fully open

Here’s to you, my friends:  a Southern treat from Knoxville, Tennessee.

June 4th, 2015

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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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15 Responses to Southern glimpses: Magnolia grandiflora

  1. lulu says:

    Magnolias are such magnificent blooms.

  2. So lovely!!

  3. Definitely a treat because they are beautiful. 🙂 Thank you.

  4. Kaylene Yee says:

    Simply gorgeous!! Love the way you captured the progression! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Amy says:

    I love magnolia. These photos are simply beautiful, Rusha!

  6. Lynda says:


  7. Thanks so much for your comment, Cindy. We have gigantic Southern magnolias in my neighborhood. My granddaughter even climbs up the branches in her “pretend” Magnolia playhouse. The experience is truly ethereal, as you said. Hope your summer’s going well.

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