Fabulous Friday: Magnolia and happiness

“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) HAPPINESS IS CONTAGIOUS!  LET’S INFECT ONE ANOTHER! Linked to Woodland Gnome’s Fabulous Friday

Now Blooming In My Corner of North Georgia: Southern Magnolia

Poem to the Magnolia Grandiflora By Christopher Pearse Cranch Majestic flower! How purely beautiful Thou art, as rising from thy bower of green, Those dark and glossy leaves so thick and full, Thou standest like a high-born forest queen Among thy maidens clustering round so fair,— I love to watch thy sculptured form unfolding, And…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

An extra, unexpected detail in a photo.  That’s what the Weekly Photo Challenge is all about this week.  After using a telephoto lens to photograph blooms high on our Southern magnolia tree, I discovered two unexpected insects on this bloom, insects I could not see from where I was standing on the ground. To see…

Now blooming in my corner of North Georgia: Mimosa & Magnolia

Two of my favorite trees are now blooming in Northeast Georgia: the Southern Magnolia which is native to the area and the Mimosa which was introduced from China in the 18th century. MIMOSA  Mimosa trees were introduced as ornamental trees and now grow not only in gardens but also alongside highways and waterways and in…