This is the time of year in Charleston when I am so high on Spring beauty and Nature in all its glory that I feel like pinching myself to make sure it’s all real. The azaleas are in full bloom, and our parks and gardens are lit up this week with their red, pink and white blooms. Everywhere you see them, but they are particularly gorgeous at the gardens and parks near me, which are full of both camellias and azaleas, and large very ancient bushes that are huge. Imagine almost every square inch of these tall and wide shrubs filled with flowers. But the grand show is fleeting and will only last another week or so. I have to hurry and get to as many of the parks and gardens as possible.
Here is the first set of photos from Magnolia Gardens taken last Wednesday.
Yesterday, I went to the state park about ten minutes from where I live, and, as I told some one in a text, I wandered in a “happy daze” along the path in the gardens and among among all the azaleas, coming in occasionally with my camera to look at and photograph the flowers closeup. What a miraculous gift! I’m always thankful to have made it another year to be able to witness am Spring unfolding again, truly the season of rebirth, for both me and the natural world around me.
Spring unfolds at Magnolia Gardens: