The ridiculous Magnolia Tree is laughing

Magnolia buds

I think I’ve been out four or five times snapping photos of dad’s big Magnolia Tree this past week. I started when the buds turned pink and I have kept taking photos (lots of photos) until now when the leaves are falling to on the grass below. I’m fascinated with this strange tree, a anomaly in the Swedish nature.

Dad's Magnolia Tree

Dad's Magnolia Tree

Dad got this Magnolia tree on his 50th birthday and it has been growing in the garden for 13 years now. The flowers bloom on the bare twig and shifts in a purple pink color that is awesome.

One day I decided to paint it in my art journal.

Dad's magnolia

Magnolia painting in my art journal It’s difficult to draw and paint something so complex as a tree, but I think it turned out nice for a first try.

I made a loose sketch and then watered it and watercolored on the wet page. I added some nearby tulips and when the page was dry I wrote a little bit about the Magnolia like I’m now doing here in my blog. Like I said, I’m fascinated.

Magnolia flower with a hole

Dad's Magnolia Tree

I think that the flowers looks ridiculous because the petals are so huge that they fall to the sides like whimsy hats on old ladies. They look like something a drunk artist over-did and had a laugh at. They look too large for the tiny twigs the bloom on, like they shouldn’t be and couldn’t be. But they are, they are! I love that about them.

The Magnolia flowers don’t care that non of the other trees even have leaves this early in the spring… They didn’t care at all and I think maybe they are the ones having the laughs right now.

Magnolia Big Time

Magnolia Big TimeMagnolia is an ancient genus. Having evolved before bees appeared, the flowers developed to encourage pollination by beetles. As a result, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are tough, to avoid damage by eating and crawling beetles. Fossilised specimens of M. acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae dating back to 95 million years ago. Isn’t that cool?

Dead now
Even when the pink leaves have fallen it looks pretty darn cool if you ask me!

Tired bloom
Documenting life, that’s what it’s all about.

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21 Responses to The ridiculous Magnolia Tree is laughing

  1. derya says:

    there’s something about magnolia trees that always make me want to paint. probably the gradations of colour. i’d never thought of them as being comical though. :)

  2. Sarah says:

    I love magnolia trees – ours are all long bloomed out so it’s lovely to see your Dads and the inspiration it has given you

  3. Wow. I just felt my brain wrinkle.

  4. mary says:

    Beautiful painting!

  5. You did a fantastic painting- these pictrues are so beautiful too….this was a really enjoyable post! :)

  6. Jenaveve says:

    So glad you shared with us all the images of the beautiful magnolia. The colors are incredible! Agreed – it is all about documenting life in all it’s forms and glory.

    Just love your blog!!

  7. katie says:

    Gorgeous photographs and painting. You captured it very well.

  8. What great photographs and art! A true pleasure. Can’t wait until I have time to look more!


  9. My parents have a white magnolia in their garden and my only regret is that it looses its flowers so quickly… It is a beautiful plant! *^v^*

  10. Kimbo says:

    What a beautiful pieces of life post ! I love magnolias so much ! I have a small two year old tree in my front yard. You can actually see how many flowers you will have in the fall when the soft furry buds form and lay dormant for the winter. This year we had a record snow fall for New Hampshire and my poor baby lost all of its buds due to the weight of the snow ! It was completely buried for most of that harsh, harsh season so no flowers for me this year! Leaves are just starting to form now so hopefully it will survive its ordeal and I will be sure to build it a winter tent for protection next year !
    Thanks for sharing your dad’s magnificient flowers with us all !

  11. Marcia says:

    What a wonderful post. Your sketch turned out well, too. I love to see the plants and animals that populate peoples’ lives. I’ve never seen a pink magnolia and didn’t even know they could grow in colder climates. The magnolias I know are the typical “Southern” (U.S.) magnolias with white blossoms and they keep their leaves all year. The ones in my neighborhood are just starting to bloom.

  12. leah says:

    magnolia trees are my favorite flowering tree. i can understand why you’d be fascinated with them!

  13. Maria says:

    Känns ju exotiskt med den blomman! Som om det vore i ett annat land…
    Roligt att både måla och skriva om trädet/busken.

  14. Christy says:

    Beautiful tree and journal page. :)

  15. Flassie says:

    Oh, I really like your Magnolia journal page
    and the photographs! We have a couple in the
    park I walk through daily.

    God Bless Your Creative Life!!!

  16. claudia says:

    I love those magnolia pages in your art journal, just beautiful!

  17. Nicole says:

    I’ve been looking at all the pictures you’ve taken and wow, are they ever breathtaking. And your watercolor makes me drool. Absolutely lovely. :-)

  18. What beautiful photographs and art. I’m starting a new digital photography class today, and what a role model you are for me. These photographs are stunning and I’m smiling from ear to ear!


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