It was love at first sight
The first time I saw a magnolia in full bloom,
and now every January and February,
I look forward to seeing my loves again!
One of the most unique, most distinctive and most beautiful flowers in the world is the magnolia, an ancient flowering tree that’s beloved worldwide. It’s native to Asia, but if you live in or are visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, you can see 200 of these spectacular trees, all in one garden inside Golden Gate Park!
Magnolias at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
In 1940, history was made at the newly-opened San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gare Park when its Magnolia became the first of its kind to bloom in the United States! Today, the garden has over 200 Magnolias, including 63 species. They come in pink, magenta and white and range in size from the small white star magnolias to the large pink and magenta cup and saucer-type magnolias (Magnolia campbellii). They are all magnificent!
The trees are spread throughout the beautiful garden, joining other winter blooms such as camellias. What a delight they bring to the winter season in the city!
About the San Francisco Botanical Garden
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is located inside Golden Gate Park, near the Japanese Tea Garden, de Young Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences. It has almost 9000 types of plants from all over the world in its 55 acres space and hosts many interesting events year-round.
For transit information, please see their website here.
Entrance is free for S.F. residents and garden members, and also for everyone between 7:30 and 9 a.m.! Otherwise, it’s $9 for adults ($12 on weekends). More information is on their website here.
The Magnificent Magnolias
Since I discovered these magnificent magnolias, I’ve been looking forward to January and February of every year and I especially look forward to visiting the S.F. Botanical Garden. These photos were taken from the garden over the past several years.
Since then, I’ve also become much more aware of these amazing trees in general and have noticed that there are also quite a few in my own city of Walnut Creek! In addition, I have seen some really beautiful ones in Berkeley residential neighborhoods, and am always on the lookout for more!
My Photography Gear
I love the art of photography and I love being able to capture the beauty from my travels both near and far. Here’s a quick list of the equipment that we used for this photo shoot:
Nikon D750 – a fantastic full-frame camera and one of the most economical ones on the market today.
Nikon 50 mm f/1.4G Lens – my go-to lens for portraits and for general photography.
Nikon Micro 105 mm Lens – this macro lens is my favorite lens – it’s super sharp and has great bokeh.
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