Monday, March 5, 2012

Magnolia Blossoms


I brought home a bunch of magnolia branches on our last trip into Portland. They already had beautiful pink buds, which the florist thought would soon open as blossoms. But either from the trip home, or because I didn't clip the ends sufficiently before I put them in water, only a few of the buds opened fully into their sweet blossoms. 

As you can see, I take many of these closeup pictures on our kitchen shelf. The window provides good lighting on these grey winter days. But also, I can multi-task as the babies have their snack and watch me take photos. I'm sure that one day they'll lose this curiosity...but for now, they seem to enjoy watching mama with her clicking toy. 

30 comments :

  1. É uma das flores que mais gosto! Tenha uma linda semana!

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  2. Oh so glorious!! I love Magnolias but can't grow them where I am now... Enjoy your blossoms!

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  3. It's nice to see a little "real life" on your shelves. I know that they are usually staged for pictures, but it makes me smile to see all the bottles there!

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  4. Magnolias are beautiful!
    I am hesitant to plant one, I do see them in this area though, some very tall!
    Have been following your blog since the Country Living spread; lovely house you have created!

    Have a nice week!

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  5. One of my favorite blossoms. My Aunt had the most wonderful tree but complained of the mess it made but was worth it for those blooms.
    pve

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  6. ... and you always take the most beautiful images!!
    Forcing branches in the early spring is such an exciting thing, watching bare branches tun out the most beautiful blooms and leaves... just wonderful!!

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  7. Oh my gosh that made me laugh! The baby dishes were not staged although I probably should have at least straightened them up a bit!
    Trina

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  8. Magnolias say spring, spring, spring. Love your blog and your beautiful home. I'm your newest follower. I've got a giveaway going at my newest blog http://ajoyfulcottage.com We're giving away a beautiful print of my husband's original artwork. Stop by and enter, if you have a chance. Blessings.

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  9. So sweet and so sweet to see the little baby bottles! I bet they do love to watch you playing!!

    xoj.

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  10. Heavenly photography! The magnolia is incredibly beautiful and this has almost inspired me to venture out into the freezing cold and clip a few branches from the garden.

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  11. Please turn around next time and show us the babies watching you!
    Love your photographs!
    xo Dianne

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  12. So lovely to see on a cold winter's day! There is hope. Great lighting :)

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  13. Magnolias are my favorite- mine won't be blooming for at least a month. Your photographs are absolutely amazing, stunning, gorgeous....

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  14. My hearts always a flutter with the results of your, uh, shutter. Honestly, I didn't plan that! I adore your blog. Much love, Lisa

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  15. you always have such lovely photographs. what kind of camera do you use? I know its more the user than the equipment that makes such eloquent photos but I am curious.

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  16. I use a Canon Rebel xsi. I also use basic Photoshop. I am a total amateur and hope to one day read a book or take an online tutorial.
    Trina

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  17. Gorgeous! I love Magnolias; I can't wait until they bloom around here. I've been wanting to plant a Magnolia since I moved down to Texas.

    Your pictures are gorgeous (as always!)

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  18. magnolias are just about my favorite flower. a neighbour in toronto had a stunning giant magnolia tree and i think of it every spring. i loved it when it burst into flower and even as the flowers started to drop, which seemed to happen very fast. so lovely!
    xo terri

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  19. Her clicking toy! Love it! My girls always saw me with a camera and now they are shutter-bugs themselves. :) Pretty flowers, when I came home from California I had to buy myself some flowers for work. Kit

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  20. Love the clicking toy! Out of the mouths of babes! The photo is beautiful even if all the blossoms didn't do their job - it is still gorgeous! Thanks for sharing - Jalon

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  21. We have this old Magnolia tree in our garden, every storm has taken it's toll over the years, but I cannot part with it, every spring this tree is a pink flame, all gorgeousness and I am enchanted
    Soon, there are already green tips!
    Your blossoms are lovely!
    (I remember my babies watching me doing this and that...while sitting at the table or swing)

    xoxo

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  22. Love the baby bottles too!

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  23. and mama clicks away in a manner that is so hauntingly beautiful
    what a delight to awake to this lovely image
    best
    debra

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  24. beautiful photograph! the magnolia flower is so sweet and delicate looking. enjoy those babies :)

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  25. Maybe because magnolias are so fragile and bloom & go, they are all the more special.

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  26. Love this....with the stark white background, simply beautiful

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  27. Trina thanks for the info on the camera. I have a Cannon EOS 20D it is a bit out dated but I love it! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures ;)

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Thank you for leaving your thoughts. Best, Catherine

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