Magnolia Berries In Fall

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As the first leaves scatter in the winds of change I step out to enjoy the cooler weather. My landscape still pops with the yellow and orange jewelweed and the asters are alive with native bees dressed in emerald green armor going about their daily tasks. The bright red clusters of the Magnolia berries catch my attention as I survey the forest. This is what keeps the little Towhee close by. The big beautiful flowers that brought me such joy in Spring have finally brought forth their second treasure. The Towhee has hit his motherload in Magnolia fruit. One by one they drop from the crimson cones and wait for the Towhee to carry them to new places in the forest. The squirrels also chatter excitedly in the deep green as they tuck away their fair share of the Magnolia berries until all that’s left is the darkened empty cone. The gigantic leaves will soon color the wind bright yellow as they sail to the forest floor and the Magnolia will sleep until it’s time to once more freshen the breeze with the sweet scent of Spring and grace the eyes with its large flowers.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Magnolia Berries And The Return Of Ground Birds

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As I write tonight’s post the katydids are already chirping outside in the humid night air. Thus the last half of summer has begun. It also signals that the mountain magnolia has fruited. While technically it’s not ripe it has changed color. It’s highly visible follicetum can be seen in in a whirl of giant leaves that gives my mountain a tropical look. The berries are not toxic but they’re also not pleasantly flavored for humans. They are however a favorite food of the Eastern Towhee. The elusive ground dwelling songbird that has pretty much escaped my lens since early Spring. In the thick understory of summer he’s all but invisible. I only know that he’s still around because I hear him singing occasionally and see the branches and twigs move when he changes location. But, “Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise” as the old timers say I’ll have my chance when the Magnolia drops its fruit. The pinkish cluster will turn black with brilliant red berries and then the little Towhee will have a feast! The Magnolia is spread by ground dwelling birds and I think that the Towhee might have a little competition this fall. For a sound that I’ve not heard since I was a kid rang out through my yard today. The call of a Bob White quail! I realize that in some parts of North America this is a common everyday experience but in the early eighties they just seemed to go away here. They left along with the grouse, whip-poor-will and nighthawk. Some say that it was the rise in the coyote population that caused the decline in ground birds and others say it’s the fault of pesticides. I think it’s probably a little of both but I was thrilled to hear the little guy’s voice calling out “Bob Bob White!” over and over this evening. I hope this means that the other birds are also on their way home to my mountain.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

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Mountain Magnolias. A True Joy.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Peter’s Creek Magnolia 52221a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Two months ago I published a brief introduction to using the leaf scars as a way of identifying trees. One of the examples I found was the Mountain Magnolia on the edge of my property. The long purple buds an easy identifying trait but packed up tightly inside that bud is one of our finest natural treasures.

The Early Spring buds of Mountain Magnolia.

The leaves inside the buds are probably the largest of our native trees. Young princess trees have a much bigger leaf but the mature princess trees leaves are tiny compared to mature mountain Magnolia. Inside that bud is several leaves that can be twenty inches long and eight inches wide. I think that the one in this image is too young to flower because I’ve never seen it bloom. But in the surrounding forest there’s others that put on some of the beautiful floral shows on my mountain. When fully open they’re average is ten inches in diameter with a fragrance that is unmistakable.

A Mountain Magnolia flower bud read to start its show.
One of the mature Mountain Magnolias in my backyard.

At this stage the flowers are just starting to open and I’ve always thought that they reminded me of doves rooting as a flock. The whole property is filled with a sweet scent and in recent days this is where the Eastern Towhee has been. He sticks to the shadows and flees any time we come out to see him. His favorite hiding place is in the thick undergrowth beneath this tree where the large leaves shelter him from both sun and rain.

A closer look at one of the Mountain Magnolia flowers starting to form.

We’re so blessed with wildlife here that it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite. But I really do look forward to seeing these beauties.

Another forming flower on the tree in my backyard.

This particular tree was one of the first to spring up after the Derecho of 2012 leveled my forest. Ever since the Mountain Magnolias have been a sort of symbol of hope for me. Beauty often springs from brokenness.

The Magnolia flowers seem to go through several stages before they fully open.

The small seedlings that came up to grow didn’t flower for a few years. I watched as year after year they graced the landscape with their huge leaves but no bloom.

In this stage they are already pumping out that sweet fragrance.

I’ve always commented about how opportunity slips so easily into the past. But it’s also true that the past carries away our sorrow as well. As the Magnolias and their companions reclaimed what the storm had broken I began to see that beauty doesn’t fade as much as it goes into a transition. The larger trees that fell made room for the seeds that lay dormant waiting for their turn to grow.

Once fully open the spectacular flowers reveal an intricate cone.

The flowers are only open for about two weeks and easily bruised by rain. The cones in the center will form a bright red cluster of berries that are dispersed by birds and squirrels. A lot of them will simply fall to ground and leave a black lump that’s often mistaken for bear scat. You can have a little bit of fun with your younger siblings by pointing them out and implying that we’re not alone.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️