Magnolia Pods

For the past month we've been having fun watching the seed pods on our Magnolia tree change. They were the center of the flower blossom back in June, and now each pod has taken on a life of its own,

Changing from these pink pods, to something more pine-cone like, once it has fallen to the ground and released its bright red seeds,

The kids and I had fun collecting them to arrange in this example of the life cycle of the pod.