I think I saw my first magnolia tree when I moved to Indy in 1978. I managed then to take a nice picture of one of its blooms,
but haven't gotten any other decent ones since.
They seem like hearty flowers, but quickly get tattered,
torn, and bruised with rusty edges when the first spring
cold snap and rains come through, as they always do.
But I managed to get some decent pictures today,
the first without the rusty windblown edges.
The trees are popular in the neighborhood,
so I can probably assume that other people
like them as much as I do.