I woke to sound of thunder that shakes the very mountains. Before I could pull back the blankets the roar of hard rain beating the roof overtook the echoes of the thunder. The creek that once giggled playfully as it raced by my home now growls as it rages through.
The hard rain washed away my waking thoughts and I was lulled into a deep sleep.
Sometime later the mockingbird song urged me to awaken and step outside to refill the feeders. I have not trained these birds to set still for a portrait yet but they have certainly trained me to prepare their breakfast.
On my way out with a bottle of feed I happened to look towards my umbrella magnolia and notice that the flowers were starting to open.
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The leaves on this tree are nearly 2 feet long making them great for hiding under during a spring shower. Locally we call this a Cucumber Magnolia because of the shape of the fruit but it’s usefulness during a rain has lead to it also being called the Umbrella Magnolia.
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I have always thought that flowers resemble some exotic bird. They are beautiful when they’re in bloom and the colorful fruit is a wonderful accent to the lush greenery of my forest in the summer but in the fall they turn black and fall to ground. At this point they resemble scat and as kids we would try to convince each other that they were panther droppings scattered under the trees.
Between the lockdown and the rain I’ve found it a bit of a challenge to obtain a fresh photo for each day but my magnolia came through for me.it never seems to let me down.
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