Magnolias are interesting trees. Every year they erupt in flowers, earlier than most other trees, and without showing any leaves, and stay like that for one or two glorious weeks. Then the flowers start falling and the sidewalks are carpeted with petals, and green leaves appear, and they blend in with every other tree for the rets of the year. They’re a sight for sore eyes in the winter cold, and a reminder that spring will soon be here.
I’ve never taken a photograph of a magnolia that managed to capture this ephemerality and beauty. This one is no exception, but it had been raining and I managed to go outside just at the moment the sun was breaking through the clouds, only to get covered again minutes later. So, in a way, fitting.