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I once read that if North Florida were to return to nature, there would be more Magnolia and Sweet Gum trees than anything else. I don't know if the writer just made that up, or not, but there certainly is a lot of Magnolia trees scattered through the woods. They are full of blooms right now. Here is a bloom I shot this morning (out in the country).
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Jun 01 2013 03:15 GMT linnywv PRO
This is so lovely Larry!! They always look like porcelain!
Jun 01 2013 04:28 GMT mellie
Beautiful shot, they have a unique smell.
Jun 01 2013 04:48 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Linny. I've never thought of the blooms being porcelain like, but now that you mention it...............
Jun 01 2013 04:49 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Mellie. They do smell rather nice....a heavy, sweet fragrance.
Jun 01 2013 05:59 GMT senna3
This is perfect in all respects!
Jun 01 2013 10:42 GMT wijnie58
Beautiful flower shot, Larry..:-))
Jun 01 2013 11:17 GMT Papagena
A magnificent blossom well representing its family !! In my area magnolias are only in private gardens or in our Botanic Garden !! And I discover from time to time new species as the magnolia grandiflora (like yours).....

Do you know that this flower is named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol??

Have a great weekend !!
Jun 01 2013 13:09 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Ruth. No, I didn't know that the Magnolia is named after Pierre Magnol. I also did not know that the flower is a Magnolia Grandiflora. I suppose I know less about the trees that are so common where i live, whereas, should I stumble upon a rare tree in my neighborhood, I would probably investigate it. Thank you for the information Ruth.
Jun 01 2013 13:10 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Peter.....quite a compliment coming from such an excellent photographer!
Jun 01 2013 13:11 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Wijnie.
Jun 01 2013 14:50 GMT Mavrick
brilliant macro shot
Jun 01 2013 18:13 GMT bandsix
It's perfectly beautiful.
Jun 01 2013 23:15 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Mavrick
Jun 01 2013 23:18 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Barbara. I think I caught this particular flower at just the right time (prime). Another one close to it had already started turning brown (the petals).
Jun 01 2013 23:19 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Hunju
Jun 02 2013 15:06 GMT hallo
Lovely flower and plant, mine didn't survive the severe weather (snow and frost) :(
Jun 02 2013 22:16 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Samir. Sometime we have frost in N. Florida, but I've only seen snow once in 39 years. I moved to Florida from Kentucky, so I understand about cold weather.
Jun 03 2013 14:29 GMT RTW
Beautiful flower well photographed Larry. Nice exposure, sharp and well presented.
Jun 03 2013 20:58 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Reg. The tree was in the shade....maybe that's why I didn't get any glare with this one.
Jun 04 2013 14:22 GMT Lalbabu
Awesome capture & smelling its sweet fragrance !!!!!!
Jun 06 2013 21:52 GMT gtc126
A lovey Magnolia Bloom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!