100 days in cleveland

i'm trying to draw a picture of something i like about cleveland every day for 100 days.

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Day 5/100
Magnolias
I never really noticed magnolia trees until I came to Cleveland, even though they were common in LA and even on my street growing up. Maybe they stand out in Cleveland because they’re the first to bloom after a long winter? When I was drawing this at Horseshoe Lake a family passed by wondering if the blooming magnolia trees were cherry trees. Here’s a tip: you can tell which trees are cherry trees by the short horizontal ridges all along the trunk and branches. I recognize magnolias by their compact shape and close growing branches (the whole shape of the tree reaches up and in, kind of like the shape of a little flame) and by their sturdy leaves. Apparently magnolia trees have been around since prehistoric times, which would explain why their flower petals and leaves are so thick and tough. (I learned that fun fact from the awesome Chicago Field Museum)

Day 5/100

Magnolias

I never really noticed magnolia trees until I came to Cleveland, even though they were common in LA and even on my street growing up. Maybe they stand out in Cleveland because they’re the first to bloom after a long winter? When I was drawing this at Horseshoe Lake a family passed by wondering if the blooming magnolia trees were cherry trees. Here’s a tip: you can tell which trees are cherry trees by the short horizontal ridges all along the trunk and branches. I recognize magnolias by their compact shape and close growing branches (the whole shape of the tree reaches up and in, kind of like the shape of a little flame) and by their sturdy leaves. Apparently magnolia trees have been around since prehistoric times, which would explain why their flower petals and leaves are so thick and tough. (I learned that fun fact from the awesome Chicago Field Museum)

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