Magnolia: Gone to Seed

We kicked off nature study this year by studying the fruit of the Southern Magnolia tree. We had the opportunity to observe the transformation of the fruit as it opens to reveal its cache of seeds.

While ripening, the fruit remains closed up tight and firmly attached to the tree.

After the fruit has past its prime, its flesh begins to pull back, giving a glimpse of the seeds inside.

Eventually, the fruit dies back completely, allowing its scarlet seeds to dangle freely by thin white threads.

It was such a privilege to watch and document this amazing and beautiful transformation of fruit to seed.

The boys were even inspired. I believe their detailed and carefully crafted representations testify to that fact.