January 17, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.


Magnolia March 27


  1. ALEX MCCRAE says:


    Thanks for this spare, yet descriptive drawing of a budding magnolia. If a haiku were a drawing, yours would surly fit the bill.

    Here in Los Angeles the blooming of our fragrant California magnolias marks one of the first sure signs of Spring’s arrival. I just love their gigantic, off-white blooms, and gnarly cone-like seed pods that remain as the petals eventually fall away. Those shiny, ruby-like little red seeds, and the intricate, symmetrical surface hatch patterning on the ‘attaching stalk’ have always intrigued me.

    The magnolia’s leaves are very special, as well. Shiny green on the tree at maturity, and velvety brown on their underside; and as they eventually fall to the ground, over time, taking on almost a golden-brown patina. The magnolia has a lot going for it, for certain.

    By early May, we Angelenos are blessed w/ the arrival of the stunning mauve/ lilac-hued snap-dragon-like blossoms of the jacaranda tree, truly one of the jewels of our naturalized exotics. (Native to Brazil, i believe.)

    (The imported Mexican coral tree is a stunner, as well.)

    The jacaranda is a messy, high-maintenance, large ornamental tree, when in bloom giving off a sticky sap-like liquid, gradually dropping its blossoms as summer approaches. So, many folks who are forced to park their vehicles near, or under these purple beauties, do so w/ some reservations, or at their peril.

    The jacaranda has some very funky, dangling, clustered disk-like seed pods, and their leaves are very refined, almost fern-like.

    I won’t wax poetic about our amazingly pungent springtime star jasmine, or the nighttime fragrance of the ubiquitous citrus blooms. That would be cruel and unusual punishment for you East Coasters. HA!

    Thanks, again, for the neat drawing, Steve.

    Spring HAS sprung!