It always knows ….
… the sweet scent of Magnolia in bloom.
I was walking through Foster’s Botanical Garden and came to a convergence of paths.Â Which way to go?Â I studied the beginning of each trail for clues of what wonders might be.Â The paths are winding and one did not look more promising than another.Â Straight ahead?Â Right?Â Left?Â Eeney-meeny-miny-moe … I discarded the idea of going left.Â Left would lead me back to the clearing and the musical bandstand.Â Been there.Â Done That.
Right?Â I knew that the Chinese Garden was in that general direction.Â Straight ahead?Â I dug the crumpled trail guide out of my back pocket.Â The path straight ahead lead to first an herb garden, then wrapped around and came back to the Chinese Garden.Â Fine.Â Straight ahead it was.
I took two steps.Â Two — and stopped dead.Â My head tipped back.Â My nose went up.Â My eyes closed.Â And pure joy permeated my soul.Â Magnolia. Heavenly.Â And the scent was coming from the North.
I was surprised.Â I had already been north.Â I was north when Amoeba played his concert here, and I was north earlier that very day.Â I didn’t remember seeing a Magnolia Tree, but I followed my nose just the same.
Well, it turns out I was completely correct.Â The path I was on did, indeed, lead to the bandstand, but between where I was and the bandstand area, was a whole different world of giant ferns, huge boulders, and one — just one — magnolia blossom and one burgeoning bud.
I felt as though I had stepped into the land of the giants.Â This fern was easily 10 feet tall.Â I had to back off the trail and into the bushes to capture it in its entirety.Â I have no idea why I didn’t photograph one of the rocks.
Anyway, back to the Magnolia blossom — it was the size of a dinner plate.Â One open blossom and one opening bud, yet I smelled them from yards away.Â I followed my nose and then stood in awe I don’t know how long before it finally dawned on me to take a photo!Â I had to climb on a bench, jump onto a huge rock, and stand on my tippy-toes at the edge (literally defying gravity and certain injury) to get this photo.Â I am amazed it turned out as well as it did.Â I wasn’t even looking through the view finder.Â I just held the camera in the air over my head and clicked!