To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.~Beverley Nichols
Thanks to Terri for inviting me to join her Sunday Stills challenge. For this week’s theme (aromas), I selected a shot of a magnolia about to bloom. In a few days, this tree will be filled with these delicate, fragrant petals.
For me, the wonderful scent of magnolia trees signals the start of summer. This luscious aroma fills the air for a just a few short days, but lingers in my memory for a very long time.
Magnolias will always remind me of Savannah, Georgia, a place we visited quite often when our son was studying at Savannah College of Art and Design. After spending a long frigid winter in New Hampshire, we’d fly to Savannah and step out of the airport into the delicious warmth and light of the South. If we were lucky, we arrived when the magnolias were in bloom. Our walks through the historic downtown and Forsyth Park were always interrupted by frequent stops to smell or admire them.
My shot this week was taken at another lovely spot–the Orto Botanico in Rome, a wonderful place to have a picnic or simply relax amidst the trees. While we were there, students from the University of Rome listened to a lecture by a botanist and a group of babies ate lunch and played under the trees with their mothers. I’d love to visit when the magnolias are in full bloom. Imagine the fragrance!
What’s your favorite aroma? Baking bread? Brownies fresh out of the oven? What does it remind you of?