Friday flowers

Image: Su Leslie, 2017

A magnolia-ficent obsession! With apologies to Douglas Sirk.


Regular Random: five minutes with a magnolia branch

Close up shot of half-open white magnolia flower against out of focus background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Magnolia flower. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The magnolia tree in our garden has been slow to flower this year. For what seems like forever, tender buds have sat proudly upright, refusing to spread their velvety white petals.

Last week, a few flowers broke ranks, and by this morning it seems that many of the others have relented.

Given the brief moment of flowering, magnolias seem a perfect subject for this week’s #regularrandom.

Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge), is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 


The Changing Seasons: June

Close up shot of white magnolia flower with raindrops. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

The first magnolia flower of the year. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

While May was a difficult month to sum up in an image, the same couldn’t be said for June.

This month the rain has arrived, and with it colder temperatures, high winds and — in the last few days — the first magnolia flower.

So far, there is only one. Hundreds of tiny furry buds, but only has burst forth. I captured this yesterday between rain showers.

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman. Please visit to see the Cardinal’s month, and find links to other participants.

There are two versions of the challenge:

Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!