Couldn’t let a rainy day stop me from getting my photography fix, so went to a local garden during my lunch break and found some amazing magnolia trees in full bloom, covered in raindrops
Magnolia is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species in the subfamily Magnolioideae.
Fossilised specimens of M. acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae date to 95 million years ago (just out of interest – dinosaurs lived between 230 & 65 million years ago).
How gorgeous and strong are these koru’s. They certainly live up to what they symbolize – new life, growth, strength….
Found this plant on a recent walk, it is part way down a bank so couldn’t actually get too close to it for photos.
The Silver tree-fern or silver fern (Cyathea dealbata), also known as ponga or punga (from Māori kaponga or ponga), is a species of medium-sized tree fern, endemic to New Zealand.
The koru (Māori for “loop”) is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace.
The earliest use of the silver fern as an official national symbol was by the New Zealand Army during the Second Boer War.
A little feature on Picfairs – Photographer Focus here
How can you not have anything but a good day when it starts off like this 🙂
Although a red sky in the morning does indicate rain as per the saying ‘Red sky in the morning, sailors (shepherds) warning’. If the morning skies are red, it is because clear skies over the horizon to the east permit the sun to light the undersides of moisture-bearing clouds. The saying assumes that more such clouds are coming in from the west. Conversely, in order to see red clouds in the evening, sunlight must have a clear path from the west, so therefore the prevailing westerly wind must be bringing clear skies.
Rain or shine it will be a great day 🙂
Signs of Spring are starting to show themselves all around us now.
Although the temperatures haven’t warmed up much and we have had a lot of rain lately the garden is starting to produce new buds and there is a larger amount of insects around.
So as my friends in the Northern Hemisphere start to head towards Autumn and Winter, here in the Southern Hemisphere I am counting down to the start of Spring.