Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

A very unexpected blossom from our White Star White Magnolia in the middle of February!

A very unexpected blossom from our White Star White Magnolia in the middle of February!

Every spring I look forward to seeing the one flowering tree I have behind my house come into its own.  With just a bit of nudging, my glorious White Star White Magnolia bursts forth before any other of its kin have even awakened from winter slumber.

Our damaged tree that doesn't know what season it is!

Our damaged tree that doesn’t know what season it is!

But not this year.  You see, winter in our place of residence, Knoxville, Tennessee, was just downright warm: higher than normal temps in December followed by bursts of January winter with spring-like interludes sprinkled willy nilly onto the calendar.  And February couldn’t make up its mind either.

Damaged by frost, our White Star White Magnolia that bloomed too early.

Damaged by frost, our White Star White Magnolia that bloomed too early.

Our White Star White Magnolia was confused.  Buds browned out.  Gentle petals drooped and then dropped. And not a single branch on the tree could decide what season it was even on a week-to-week basis.

But today is different.  A few remaining, unscathed buds opened, albeit ever so slowly — as if they wanted to test the air just a wee bit to see if conditions were right for revealing  their tender green middles.

An unseasonable beauty!

An unseasonable beauty!

And then the gentle rains came, bathing those few-and-far-between tendrils in luscious spring-like drops.

A rain-drenched bud ready to open.

A rain-drenched bud ready to open.

Who knows what season this is?  Certainly not our White Star White Magnolia.

A rare bit of morning sunlight on our unseasonable but beautiful White Star White Magnolia blossom.

A rare bit of morning sunlight on our unseasonable but beautiful White Star White Magnolia blossom.

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24 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

  1. Pingback: Blossom | Create art everyday

  2. Karen says:

    Love this! Your writing and locked address terrific! We’ve have unusual weather this season too (Northern CA).

    • Thanks so much, Karen. You’ve made my day. And one day after I published this post, we had another cold snap. The poor flowers are limp and barely hanging on. Would love to see Northern CA — anytime. Have only been there once. Loved, loved, loved it!

  3. Beautiful magnolia! Our garden is equally confused. One of my tree peonies has sprouted with tender growth and its buds are swelling just as the frosts really set in, so I go out each night with a fleece.

  4. Amy says:

    Beautiful captures, Rusha! Love the sign of spring. 🙂

  5. Gorgeous photos, Rusha! Indeed a sign of spring. –Curt

  6. These images are stunning! Particularly the last two! Do I have your permission to let them inspire something on paper? I would of course link back to you here. Really wonderful images; thank you so much!

  7. Such beautiful flowers! I think a lot of places the “seasons” are confusing plants and flowers are budding to early…its a pity because after the first frost most of them died.

  8. Lovely progression with a beautiful flower. 🙂

  9. So beautiful and serene in white.

  10. dawnkinster says:

    Beautiful. We see those in April up in Michigan. But this year everything is confused.

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