Lens – Artists Challenge #40 – Something Different

Our host this week is Tina. She asks us for… Something Different. I give you – my Magnolia tree in April.


I must have flowers, always, and always.

– Claude Monet

Magnolia is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species of the family Magnoliaceae. It is named after French botanist Pierre Magnol.

The name Magnolia first appeared in 1703, for a flowering tree from the island of Martinique. Magnolias are native to both Asia and the Americas.

Magnolias symbolized dignity and nobility. In ancient China, magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness.

Magnolia is a very ancient genus, appearing before bees did. It is believed that the flowers have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles.

The Magnolia flowers last only for a couple of days – but what magnificent days!


Thank you, Tina, for another lovely challenge!








Macro Monday – Waiting for Spring!

Spring is on its way – my morning walk in the garden reveals how far we have come…

…and, there are still some weeks of waiting!




See You Soon!

Time for a short break. Time for National Tests in school and also some days off duty…I went back to work in October and, as usual, the most buzy days are in April and May.

May you all have a great celebration around May 1! Let Spring bring some warm winds now, replacing the rain, snow and hail we have had for some weeks.

For the first time ever, my beautiful magnolia started to unfold…just when Winter decided to return. So, she is standing here, displaying a sadly black and withered sight.  I will just have to show all her usual splendour. Glad to have a camera and old photos these days…

WPC: Future

Future – if we have one. A difficult topic. I choose to talk about the nearest future. What I know will happen in my garden and in my forest, in a week or two.



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touch

For Cee this week – Sense of Touch.

Join in and let us know what you prefer!

Fur…dogs, cats, sheep…

Skrållan, Totti and Belezza or Bronzone in my lap

Smooth stones or stone walls…

Smooth, weathered wood…

The soft, silken shell hiding the magnolia bud…

Cee’s Fun foto Challenge: Close-ups

For Cee – close-ups. I have noticed their little faces. My Magnolia is awake. They all open up differently.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Soft Pastels

What a lovely idea – soft pastels!

Enjoy some more beautiful pastels here.