I'm in Georgia now, visiting my Mother for a bit. Most of the summer, the weather in Georgia was monstrously hot and somewhat dry. But now the weather is perfect with highs in the 70s and 80s and lows in the 40s and 50s. We have been taking advantage of the warm, sunny days to go out to Sutton Park, a city park here in Elberton, to walk the trails.
|The trails are smoothly paved, making navigation easy. The occasional benches are perfect for stopping to observe the flora and fauna.|
|This cluster of fruits is from a cluster of flowers surrounded by 4 showy white bracts that serve as the petals. You can see the bud for next springs flower right next to the fruits.|
We also saw many specimens of another favorite tree of mine - the Southern Magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora. I don't have any photos of the trees to show you, but I do have shots of their cones with bright red seeds peeking out.
Botanically speaking, these aren't really cones; they are fruits. But they are commonly called cones because of their shape. Makes sense to me!
|The lovely red seeds are eaten by squirrels, turkeys, quail, opossums, other animals.|
The Southern Magnolia is native to the southeastern US, but is cultivated in many parts of the world. It grows to great heights (90ft, 27.5m), has glossy, evergreen leaves, and magnificent creamy white flowers in the summer.
Today is yet another lovely day; I'm sure we will make another trip to the park. Wonder what we will see this time?