Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Most Glorious Magnolia

After one of the longest, coldest, snowiest winters of all times, spring is arriving rather late in upstate New York. But I knew it had officially arrived when I began seeing flowering trees lining the streets:

But the most spectacular of all are the large flowered Magnolia trees. And of those trees, there is one in particular which is my favorite:

I stopped the other day to take some pictures and got several thumbs up from passersby. Clearly, this is one of their favorite trees also:

I moved in for a few close-ups, something I'd never done before:

The flowers were as lovely up close as they were from across the street. I didn't, however, notice any fragrance:

Some varieties of Magnolia have prettier colored flowers, but none have as many flowers or such shapely forms:

Another close-up:

Blossoms spilling over the rail fence:

Of course I had to leave and be on my way, but I took one last photo:

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