Though it doesn’t always feel that way, there are some things in life we can count on. The sun will rise and set. A full moon will come around every month. Flowers will bloom and fade.
Nature’s consistency is countered by uniqueness.
A bright, blazing moonrise is contrasted by a hazy moon glowing eerily in a misty sky. A sunset burning in bright reds and oranges shares equal footing with a sun dissipating in pastel lavenders and pinks.
Flowers bloom differently depending on that year’s rainfall, sun exposure, air quality, temperatures, and perhaps the tender loving care of a gardener. Even the smallest, least showy petals lift our hearts. Sometimes the quiet, struggling blossom is more inspiring to watch, straining to make its way into the world. Like people, sometimes a flower has to work hard to make an appearance.
One treat we look forward to is the glorious annual display of magnolia blossoms around San Francisco. These repeat performers put on a different show every year.
This week’s Hike Notes introduce a Magnolia Stroll – San Francisco Botanical Garden. The amazing variety of magnolia trees at San Francisco’s Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum offer show-stopping colors and blooms. If one of their 54 species of magnolia isn’t having a stellar year, another will be.
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Hike Notes 46: Magnolia Stroll – San Francisco Botanical Garden
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