Wednesday, April 10, 2019
“You can drop the moonlight and magnolia, Scarlett!”
~ Rhett Butler,
~ “Gone with the Wind”
~ Academy-Award winning 1939 American epic historical romance film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel of the same name.
Moonlight and magnolia refers to the romanticization of the pre-Civil War South.
“You can drop the moonlight and magnolia, Scarlett! So things have been going well at Tara, have they?” Rhett asks Scarlett in my favorite movie of all time. When Scarlett wore a dress made of green velvet drapes to Atlanta to try and get money from Rhett to pay taxes on her home, Tara, she smiled sweetly and claimed to have everything she could hope for, and “not a care in the world.” Rhett noticed her hands, calloused from picking cotton, and knew she was lying.
I created this image by blending “In The Fire of Spring,” – a shot I took of a beautiful blossom and breaking bud in tandem in the fire of spring as sun set on my favorite magnolia tree at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania in April 2015 – with my capture of the Supermoon over Cedar Creek Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania on December 3, 2017.