The Southern Magnolia, or Magnolia grandiflora must be one of the most photographed blooms on the planet... And with good reason. It is simply hard to imagine anything that big, and floppy and elegant. The petals remind me of Chinese soup ladels.
All pics, t(c) Kirk Jorand and taken on the morning of May 12, 2010. For more variety, from years past check our my sister site, ID Arkansas, with a co-special on this startling bloom.
The Mighty Works Project exists to run wonder into the ground... if only wonder would submit, but it has a way of refusing.