Before I moved to the West Coast, the only thing I knew about magnolias was that they were in the title of a very emotional movie called Steel Magnolias.

Then one day I discovered them outside our local library and rushed to take a photo.


The result was kind of ho-hum, so I experimented with the editing tools on my iMac and came up with this variation of the same photo.

Edited magnolias

Inspired by their shapes and colours, I then took a calligraphy pen and sketched them.

magnolias sketch

And finally, I used acrylics to paint them on a little ceramic fridge magnet.

Magnolias fridge magnet

But it’s hard to beat the real thing.

In my opinion, the best way to appreciate magnolias is to walk right up to the tree, stand under it, and look up at the blossoms.

If you’d like to see other people’s photos or would like to enter the Weekly Photo Challenge yourself, click on this link:

Variations on a Theme

6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme (Inspired by Magnolias)

  1. I have a magnolia that looks a lot like the one in your photos. Great photos, btw, and the fridge magnet is cute. Another reason to get close to one when it’s blooming (in April) is because the flowers smell like roses.

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