Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Magnolia Blossom Time

This has always been one of my favorite times of the year in Memphis. This is the season when everything is so green, it's still not too humid and hot to get out in the middle of the day, school is just about to get out for the summer, and the magnolias are in bloom. Aaaahhhh...

My father and I took a ride through some of his favorite areas of town today, and we stopped for a little while in Chickasaw Gardens. A visitor left a message a week or so ago speaking of missing the magnolias, especially the ones surrounding Chickasaw Gardens Lake and lining some of the streets in that area (this photo was taken with you in mind). We found this magnolia bloom on a tree just by the lake in early afternoon, and we thought that the lighting was perfect. I wish that you could smell this flower; it's a sweet, lemony scent that's unmistakeable, and smells heavenly when there is a warm breeze.

23 comments:

PAT said...

Hi Andrea

I came by to see if you are feeling better!!

The Magnolia is beautiful. It looks as if it is made of wax. The light is perfect!

Pat

Rambling Round said...

I love the lighting on this. Beautiful!

Jim said...

Magnolias are really pretty, I think I like them because they are so big.

Halcyon said...

They are starting to come out around here today too. This one is just beautiful. I can smell the scent from memory!

Aubrey said...

This is beautiful and just what I needed. I fell in love with these flowers when I lived in the South but we don't have them here in the middle of Illinois.

Anita said...

Thank you so much for this post. And yes, I also can almost smell that wonderful lemony, clean, sweet fragrance from here. What a delightful picture and I love it even more that you could share this excursion with your father. I hope one day I can visit Memphis in May again. Your blog is the next best thing.

Joy said...

There's something about magnolias which I find so beautiful and special.

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comments. It's been a while but I hope to visit your blog more regularly. A lot of things have happened in my so called life, which prevented me from being more active online. Enjoy the week ahead!


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Dan said...

Wonderful to see you posting again! Hope your feeling much, much better.

This is a lovely, fragrant flower. I was just visiting a local nursery yesterday with my green thumb wife and I was looking and smelling these.

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Hi, my dear SH. I hope you are feeling better these days and that your being away from the blogsphere only means that you are taking some tome off.

All the best to you and sweet Miss Daisy.

kenziekylanmom said...

Earlier today I was speaking to my cousin that lives in Memphis and he was telling me about all the magnolias in bloom and beautiful they are and they smell wonderful. Funny to see your post after that conversation.

Professor said...

Hope you're feeling better!

And I love this. Magnolia trees are so pretty and I've never lived anywhere where we have them. Thanks for the pretty shot!

Ms. Hays said...

Absolutely beautiful shot and the same goes for the photo below this one!!! I remember going to Missouri Botanical Gardens with my grandparents and The Japanese Garden was my favorite place in the whole park!!! Very nice - Keep up the good work!!!

lynn said...

Oooh gosh that's so beautiful. I adore it.

Chris said...

My mini mags have started to bloom. They are such beautiful flowers!

How are you feeling?

For theme day, I'm showing a bit of my former store (since it fits the bill) if you're interested. . .

Rambling Round said...

Where are you, Southern Heart? I miss your photos!

Jim said...

Hello? You are being missed.

PAT said...

Andrea, I'm a tad bit concerned about your absence. Hope you are feeling well. Miss you!

Pat

raf said...

I can smell it! Your photo is so excellent, I can all but smell it. Wonderful and yes the lighting was perfect. Thank you, Southern Heart, for taking me home to childhood again.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I do visit and I do comment and I was here. I did look at your picture(s) and I did read what you wrote about them. I could say how great you are and how beautiful your work is but alas I would soon run out of things to say on the next blog I visited, so I just left this to prove I stopped and said a few words on Sunday. Just fantastic.

My Rheumatoid Arthritis hurts so I am using the same message for all.

PAT said...

Hello Andrea

Just stopping by to see how you are.

We're going to the lake tomorrow and will return after the 4th.

I hope this finds you well.
Pat

Alice said...

Hi Andrea,
I came across your post about the Peabody Ducks from this past January. I'm working in post production on a feature film that was shot in Memphis, and the director has been looking high and low for footage of the ducks from the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s. We put out a press release, but I was wondering if you might have any information or advice on how to reach out to the online/blogging community! You can email me at theopenroadfootage at gmail dot com. Thank you!

Dusty Lens said...

I haven't heard from you in a while. I hope all is well. Take care.

Auto Ethnographer said...

You (and our daily Memphis fix) are sorely missed! Hope you're having a great summer.