Sunday, May 1, 2011

Outside: magnolia

As many of you know — we had some severe weather here in the United States this past week, including tornadoes in the Southern States. Well, I live in Michigan, so we just had rain, rain, more rain, and finally one giant thunderstorm that overflowed every river, stream, lake, and farm field or low area. I was at work listening to the rain pound on the metal roof when it happened... and then drove home on those country highways punctuating farm fields that looked like they were full of chocolate milk. Weather is not to be taken lightly.

Anyway, it finally stopped raining — just in time for the art walk. It was nice to finally participate in that event without rain.

In the mean time, the magnolias around these parts have been ready to bloom. That always seems to happen right when we're having inclement weather. Magnolias just have the weirdest timing. They're such pretty bushes, but it always seems to be gloomy out when they bloom, so, there was some photoshopping that took place with these photos... to make them seem less somber.













They are actually all other people's magnolias, since ours has yet to open. Hopefully it doesn't snow tomorrow or something equally wacky like that.

26 comments:

ju-north said...

A sight for sore eyes!

slommler said...

Oh so beautiful!! Love Magnolia's!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Sylvia said...

Hello Sarah,
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, I've enjoyed reading your posts !
Love the way you edited the photos of the Magnolia and your bird photos are gorgeous !
Wish you a nice week,
Sylvia

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice Sarah, you are few weeks behind me here. The magnolias really caught my eye this year.

angelshair said...

Oh, I love magnolia bloom!!! These pictures are amazing! The 4th one is definitely my favorite! Simply amazing!

Montanagirl said...

Very nice series of photos. Brightened my morning! It was only 34 here this morning, and no blooms in sight. Oh, I take it back, I have Tulips ready to pop open, but that's it.

Catherine said...

Mother Nature seems all mixed up doesn't she? There has sure been some terrible weather that is for sure.

These blossoms are beautiful Sarah ~ hopefully yours will open soon.

Keeping my fingers crossed that you don't get any snow!!

xo Catherine

Bad Taste Toast said...

These are really beautiful! What I love most about blossom photography is that the photos are simple but still they always turn out pretty because blossoms are pretty without any further ado :)

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

your pictures are so pretty! thanks for your sweet comment!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I so want a magnolia tree now! I didn't know how beautiful they are.

Tammy said...

A pleasant sight for sure. I saw some similar blooms yesterday at a local park. Not mutch else is blooming yet, so these guys were delightful to see.

Friko said...

These are beautiful blossoms; I don't like magnolias very much, they are a bit like begonias, a bit waxy and funereal, but these shots are gorgeous.

Nancy said...

These photos are just beautiful, ps'd or not!

I really want a magnolia, after seeing everyone's marvelous photos of the blooms this spring. :)

S. Etole said...

what beauty! and it did snow here during the night ...

Yenta Mary said...

You've probably lived in Michigan long enough to know that snow is ALWAYS an option! But fortunately, the sun is fighting valiantly to stay out today, and Spring is at least finally here ... :)

koralee said...

Wow...such beauty..love your images ....have a great week.

Dave said...

Magnolias are nice. Here they are one of the first flowering trees to bloom in Spring - Dave

bicocacolors said...

those pictures are stunning!!!
Love love love magnolias!!

thanks and greetings from Spain,
Elena

rachel awes said...

breath-taking!
xo

Dilan Dilir said...

lovely photos!

Diane ~ said...

your magnolias are just beautiful!!

Mizdragonfly said...

So beautiful! The last pic is sensational!

And thank for stopping by mizdragonfly.blogspot.com :)

K.

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Hilary said...

Your magnolias are beautiful.. and probably about a week ahead of ours. We've shared your rainy weather.. and I've had quite enough of it! :)

Sara&Eva said...

Thank you for you comment at Monsterscake, you are so nice :)

Those magnolia remind me to Japan!

Tammie Lee said...

exquisitely beautiful!