A Magnolia in Mt LawleyShire: a photo essay on time

The magnolia flower I have been waiting for opened before I went out in the morning, and I inhaled the perfume before I saw it.





It closed for the evening.

The morning saw it opened wide





She watched me taking photos

Then it rained




Tonight’s welcome rain will weigh down the petals and tomorrow, only the seed stem will remain and the perfume will be gone.


17 comments on “A Magnolia in Mt LawleyShire: a photo essay on time

  1. HoaiPhai says:

    Beautiful variations on a theme! The magnolias I’ve seen here have the “center bits” that look like marshmallow candies. I’ll have to post a shot I have one of these days.


  2. Sunshine says:

    Now I can look for magnolia blossoms since you captured it beautifully and I know what it would look like! 🙂


  3. Your magnolia-photos are brilliant & so beautiful!


  4. whimsygizmo says:

    These photos are just gorgeous. I love magnolias, and their beauty shines here. I can almost smell them. Such a poetic journey, too.
    What do you shoot with? My hubbie is a photographer, also.


    • Thank you 🙂 I love magnolias & have always tried to capture them in the camera – sometimes more successfully than others! I’m not a photographer as such – it’s just something I love doing, & I’m afraid my camera’s nothing flash – it’s a wee Canon Power-Shot: a point-and-shoot, although admittedly, it’s a damn good little camera. & cheap too! One day, I hope to get a dslr, though really, I’d love to try film, except there’s not many places left for processing let alone buying the film!


  5. Marie says:

    Awesome photos


  6. niasunset says:

    Magnolia, a very special plant for me because reminds me my childhood days…
    I love magnolia’s smell too..
    Your beautiful photographs almost made me to make a voyage in time… So beautifully you captured them all. And especially the last one so artistic too. Thank you dear Keira, with my love, nia


    • I am very glad you enjoyed them, Nia. My courtyard was filled with the perfume, but this morning? After all the rain? The petals are completely brown yet – bending close, there is still perfume amidst the ruins. Keira xxx


  7. Snapshooter says:

    Stunning portraits. Very punchy colors, and nice contrasts…a sad story, but if flowers never went away, would they even be half as special?


    • Thanks, Snapshooter. THey are such beautiful flowers & yeah, they do illustrate life’s story for all, don’t they? But I just love the elegant simplicity of the magnolia’s shape, the colour of it and that surprising yet still understated colour inside.


  8. bulldogsturf says:

    the pictures are so good I can almost smell the perfume.


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