During my trip yesterday to Hilltop Arboretum I noticed two trees with ginormous leaves. One tree was just off the footpath and one was growing from a deep ditch. The one on the footpath thankfully had a plaque: Big Leaf Magnolia. Huh! Never heard of it. That's two unique plants in two days. Thank you, God!
When I returned today, the one growing from the ditch had a giant bloom. I was so excited. Southern Magnolias are known for their large blossoms, but this was even bigger. This species has the largest simple leaf and single flower of any native plant in North America.
I wish I'd had a different vantage point, but I was stuck in one spot and had to shoot from a distance due to the deep gorge. The wind was another element causing much interference. On the other hand, it was quite peaceful to hear the wind rustling the leaves of all the hundreds of trees there. It was a tranquil place to talk to God, too.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8
400mm | f/8 | ISO 400 | 1/3200 sec