This morning was a perfect morning for macro photography… not a hint of a breeze, a chill in the air with some morning fog and dew. Just before sunrise I found this magnificent Magnolia grandiflora covered in cone-like structures. These fruiting cones turn pink to red when they ripen and later this fall will split open to reveal the brilliant red seeds suspended on a fine silk-like thread.
Today they remind me of autumn’s renewal. So many think of autumn as a time of decay, death and dormancy. But autumn is also the time of spring hopeful and the renewal of life.