Macro Magnolia Bloom At Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, SC

Petal Hat

Macro Magnolia bloom topped with a petal at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Petal Hat

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There is a line of magnolia trees on the other side of the walkway next to the overflow parking lot in Hopeland Gardens.  It is interesting to me that magnolia trees seem to be on their own blooming schedules.  For example, the trees in my neighborhood don’t flower at the same time as the trees in the Rye Patch.  Even the trees in Hopeland Gardens don’t normally bloom together.  Anyway, I was called over to the trees near the overflow parking area by their bright white flowers.  While by no means a perfect specimen, the flower in my Petal Hat piece was quirky and quite appealing.  It is currently in the process of shedding its stamen and they are piling up at the bottom of the frame thereby adding some additional colors.  I’ve always felt that the carpels resemble octopus’ tentacles, and I liked how they were holding dew drops.  But, I was forced to create a composition upon seeing the little petal acting like a hat.


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Author: Steven Dillon

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