Landscape and Nature photography by Shane Srogi

Of flowers and scars

Don’t give up.

A Magnolia can take 15 to 20 years to bloom.  I’ve only seen this little one bloom once and it has not since, which has been over a year.  I find the whites and the curves of the bloom to be visually interesting.  It’s as if Apple took some design cues from this flower.  This image is less about a plant and more about doing what you do.  You may only produce something beautiful once in a long while but don’t give up.  This little guy has been through three hurricanes and looks a bit like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  I like the blooms imperfections.  They tell stories.  I’ve got this scar on my hand from running for the bus in first grade.  I fell on the ice picked myself up and got on the bus.  The drive took one look at the rock in my hand and the blood gushing out and said “I can’t let you on like that.”  I didn’t know what to do….I can’t miss school I thought.  Next time you are out with a group of friends have a scar story time, you’ll learn something new about them.  And they you.

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