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Spring flowers, Alexandrina Japanese Magnolias, found in the Dallas Arboretum, Texas and captured with a Nikon camera and lens. A painterly overlay has been added.
A brief history about this flower: Magnolia is named after French botanist Pierre Magnol who admired the tree so much that he transplanted it to Europe 300 years ago. The magnolia is also an ancient genus. It can be traced back before bees! The flowers are said to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles. In order to avoid damage from the pollinating beetles, the reproductive structures of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough. In fact , there are even certain species that have evolved into evergreens.
May 13th, 2021
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