Nature photography right now: Winter or Spring? Which is it?

Native Magnolia blossom, February 21, 2015. (Photo copyright 2015 / Andrew Boyd)

Native Magnolia blossom, February 21, 2015. (Photo copyright 2015 / Andrew Boyd)

The weather has been absolutely crazy here–balmy today, highs in the mid-70s, but then rain followed by the temps slamming down into the mid to low 30s by tomorrow night. It’s driving me nuts and it’s given me a cold and I’m tired of all of the wet and cold….but hey, I shouldn’t complain because our weather is so LAME compared to what’s happening around the rest of the U.S., right?

Japanese Magnolia blossom, Februrary 21, 2015. (Photo copyright 2015/Andrew Boyd)

Japanese Magnolia blossom, Februrary 21, 2015. (Photo copyright 2015/Andrew Boyd)

 

 Our plants have already decided that Spring is here. We’re in this weird transitional period right now: we still have beautiful Winter camellias blooming, but our Japanese and Native Magnolias are blooming as well! The birds sing of springtime, the honey bees are out buzzing around, things are starting to turn green. Hooray!

Honey bee on a camellia blossom, February 21, 2015. (Photo copyright 2015 / Andrew Boyd)

Honey bee on a camellia blossom, February 21, 2015. (Photo copyright 2015 / Andrew Boyd)

I went out into the garden and made some photographs yesterday. It always slows me down and makes me realize how truly blessed we are here with this southern landscape of ours. I hope you like these images!

Native Magnolia blossom, February 21, 2015. They are gangly, unruly-looking things! (Photo copyright 2015 / Andrew Boyd)

Native Magnolia blossom, February 21, 2015. They are gangly, unruly-looking things! (Photo copyright 2015 / Andrew Boyd)

I'm not sure what the proper name is for this plant--they grow into a thicket that creates a great screen for our side patio. Does anyone know the proper name for it? They'll come back from the roots. (Photo copyright 2015 / Andrew Boyd)

I’m not sure what the proper name is for this plant–they grow into a thicket that creates a great screen for our side patio. Does anyone know the proper name for it? They’ll come back from the roots. (Photo copyright 2015 / Andrew Boyd)

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