Flora! Illuminated… Day 13

Magnolia

Magnolia

Georg Dionysius Ehret. From The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, by Mark Catesby, 1771, vol. 2. Hand-colored engraving.

As I stood at the side of the hard modern road by the shiny modern automobile, and cupped the moonlight of the magnolia flower in my two prehensile hands, the warm June dusk around me seemed to brighten to a warm dawn—the dawn of flowering on the young earth. I could imagine the plash of broad reptilian feet behind me, and could pretend that I was seeing what no man ever saw, one of Nature’s first experiments in producing a showy flower.

–May Theilgaard Watts
in Reading the Landscape of America

One of Georg Dionesius Ehret ‘s magnolias was immortalized  in the UK in a series of postage stamps highlighting  19th Century Flower Paintings, in spite of the fact that Ehret  was an 18th century painter!  This magnificent flower has been the subject of several other postage stamps as well.

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1 Response to “Flora! Illuminated… Day 13”


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Twenty Six Days of Flora Illuminated

APPLE

Apple

BANANA

Banana

CHRYSANTHEMUM

Chrysanthemum

DANDELION

Dandelion

EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus

FRITILLARIA

Fritillaria

GRAPES

HAWTHORN

IRIS

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT

KOELREUTERIA PANICULATA

LILY

MAGNOLIA

NARCISSUS

OLIVE

PINE

QUERCUS

RHODODENDRON

SUNFLOWER

TULIP

ULMUS

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WISTERIA

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YEW

ZINNIA

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