WriteOut 10.06.22 Daily Walk Digital Journal 

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WriteOut 10.06.22 Daily Walk Digital Journal 

The Magnolia— is really Magnolia Stellata

Magnolia Stellata—star magnolia Leaves and “pussywillow” type buds in October, 2022
Magnolia Stellata—star magnolia Leaves and “pussywillow” type buds in October, 2022

Magnolia Stellata in Spring

This is plant I called a magnolia tree earlier in the WriteOut 2022, but it is really the Magnolia Stellata—star magnolia. It is a shrub cultivated in Japan and now is planted all over the world, sometimes spreading on its own. It does look like a small tree, though, because it grows up to eight feet tall. And the blossoms bloom before the leaves in early spring.

Magnolia Stellata—star magnolia
Magnolia Stellata—star magnolia In April, 2018

Above you see some of the “pussywillow” type buds and one early, waxy blossom in April of 2018. But soon, all those buds will bloom, often before the leaves providing a beautiful and much needed color from the doldrums of winter.

Magnolia Stellata—star magnolia
Magnolia Stellata—star magnolia In April, 2018 — a bit of frost damage

Magnolia Stellata Leaves Sketch

I decided I would sketch the leaves and those buds I thought were pussywillow because of their fat and furry nature.

Magnolia Poetry

Of course, we must include a little poetry…

Magnolia Stellata—star magnolia Leaves and “pussywillow” type buds in October, 2022 With poem
Magnolia Stellata—star magnolia Leaves and “pussywillow” type buds in October, 2022 With poem

Magnolia Stellata in Autumn

Waxy green leaves of star magnolia
turn a soft yellow with each cool day;
soft pussywillow-like buds seem to sing
“my leaves will drop, but just wait until spring!”

Sheri Edwards
10.06.22 281.365.22
Poetry/Photography

I tried to include the visual, the name, and a bit of metaphor towards the future.

  • Visual — waxy green leaves, soft yellow, buds
  • Name — the plant name in the title and poem
  • Metaphor — buds sing of spring with flowers and no leaves

What will you write, sketch, and note in your journal today?

What is WriteOut?

This post is part of my participating in in this year’s “Write Out”– a joint venture by the National Writing Project and the National Park Service to encourage people to get outdoors. This year’s Write Out is STEAM- Powered (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) from October 9-23, 2022. It’s free. It encourages writing and making and sharing about your own experiences with the outdoors in a local event, on your own, or with the Write Out activities you can find here.

Flickr WriteOut Album — WriteOut since 2018

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