Nicely Scented Flowers

Flowers are of course beautiful and interesting to look at. But, there are two types near our home in SW Virginia that please my sense of smell more than most … Honeysuckle and Magnolias.

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First, my favorite. At this time of year I am transported back in time to those days when I was a small boy, plucking yellow and white flowers from vines and pulling the center stem out, bringing with it a small amount of sweet tasting “honey” which we promptly “sucked” between our lips. Even today in old age I can detect the scent of honeysuckle a long distance from its source.

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Second, Large Magnolia blossoms start out as a “ball” then within a day or two open up into large blossoms, lasting only a short time before turning brown and wilting. Standing beneath a large tree from which they originate, I am surrounded by a sweet, pleasing fragrance and the buzzing of friendly bees.

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A Little Bit of Greenery

This spring we’ve had lots of rain in SW Virginia and that made the vegetation green and lush. Now that July has arrived it’s much hotter and dryer, so the green colors may turn to yellow and brown. I hope not. My camera lens loves “green.” I made these images while walking around our neighborhood. The Magnolia blossoms are about gone for the year, and I can’t stop making photos thereof. I love the “color softness” of those flowers!

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