Tag Archives: Flowers

Pond of Water Lilies

When I first saw these flashes of white from the road I thought they were birds. It was a nice treat to find water lilies, even though I couldn’t get very close.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

There was a small grouping of lilies closer to the dike that runs along the side of the pond.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

A stiff breeze was flapping the lily pads out of the water in an open area where a single Cormorant was fishing.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies and Cormorant

The Long White Bridge, 2019

Photographing this iconic spot at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens with Azaleas in bloom is all about timing. The flower blooms, the light, the stillness of the water, the absence of people on the bridge– all things we have no control over. It’s a lovely spot and I tend to take a few captures whenever I pass by, even if the flowers aren’t in bloom.

Long White Bridge and Azaleas
Long White Bridge and Azaleas

Taken 3/22/2019

Red Tulips and Water

A planting of red tulips along a fountain edge provided a show and a multitude of focus options.

Red Tulips Through Fountain
Red Tulips Through Fountain

Yellow Snapdragons on my side of the water added another layer of color.

Red Tulips Through Fountain
Red Tulips Through Fountain

A higher shutter speed captured the details of the brick wall beyond as well as the water and flowers.

Red Tulips Through Fountain
Red Tulips Through Fountain

Click on any photo for a larger view.

Tulip Magnolia, Another Variety

Or perhaps “Saucer Magnolia” depending on where you look. Google quickly overwhelmed me with information in my search for how many varieties there might be. I’ll just say this particular tree has huge blossoms, 8 to 10 inches (20-25 cm) across, and they have a more delicate coloring than those in my post Tulip Magnolias in Bloom.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

These blossoms didn’t seem to have the outer fuzzy covering as other tulip magnolias I have seen.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

The blossoms emitted a sweet, but not overwhelming, fragrance. Some other varieties I have encountered could almost be said to stink.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

Many Azaleas are also in bloom in this area and these made a nice backdrop to another unopened bloom.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom in Front of Azalea
Tulip Magnolia Blossom in Front of Azalea

Taken March 13, 2019.

Tulip Magnolias in Bloom

It’s not yet spring, but Tulip Magnolias started blooming throughout the greater Charleston, SC area at the end of January.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

We had a few days in the high 70s (around 25 C) last week and the blossoms popped out like crazy.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

The daytime temperatures have since dropped back to more seasonable mid 60s (15C). I’d like to think we’re past having an overnight freeze, which would turn these beauties into black disappointment. However, two years ago we had a hard frost at the end of March so I won’t hold my breath.

Top of Tulip Magnolia Tree
Top of Tulip Magnolia Tree

Late Season Blooms

The Charleston area daylight is down to 10 hours as we approach the last week until winter solstice, technically December 21, which I like to think of as “making the turn”.  The flowers still in bloom stretch to get what sun they can.

Flower reaching for the sun
Flower reaching for the sun

These pink ones, Gerber Daisies I think, were surprisingly robust with very little actual plant to support them.

Pink flowers reaching for the sun
Pink flowers reaching for the sun

Roses will form buds and flower throughout the winter here, although they often don’t make much of a showing as a blossom when the temperatures flirt with freezing over night.

Rose bud reaching for the sun
Rose bud reaching for the sun