An unseasonably warm day of winter here in North Alabama gets me outside to explore the yard. The sun shines through the leaves of this beautiful magnolia tree. I can’t remember when Dad planted this tree. It must have been a long time ago because magnolias are slow to grow and this one is a good size.

I do remember the day I pulled up for a visit and Dad was about to cut the tree down. I asked him not to and here it is now….filtering the sun through its waxy green leaves in a beautiful pattern onto the ground below. It will stay here and grow taller, slowly taller and wider.

And I will think of Dad often because of this magnolia tree.


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  1. kutukamus on February 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    And the very tree
    Will forever thank thee 🙂

  2. Expectational on February 20, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    It will not be till sometime in May that we have leaves on the trees up here in Minnesota. But we do have a very small magnolia tree in our back yard. Several times I have thought about cutting it down as it has definitely struggled through our northern winters. Last year it finally showed signs of growth and promise so I have high hopes for it this year!

    • mariegriffith on February 20, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      I think you’ll be very glad you kept the tree.

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  4. lovehappily on March 8, 2016 at 11:48 am

    It was good you kept this beautiful tree, and it stands with an air of grace.

    • mariegriffith on March 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you. I’m very thankful Dad didn’t cut it down.

  5. Gail on June 21, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I love your picture and love magnolia trees. My oldest son lives in Northern Alabama too and he just sent me a picture of a house he’s considering buying. The first thing I noticed is the Magnolia tree in the front yard!

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