In Louisiana there is something blooming all year round. Late winter brightens with a cultivar of Japanese Magnolia called the Saucer Magnolia. These trees are quite striking because there are no leaves, only blooms at first. Barren branches hold pink, tulip-shaped buds. When the tree is finished blooming, it will then sprout leaves. When I first took notice of this tree variety about 12 years ago, I was with my daughter visiting my mom. Seeing it from a distance I remember saying, "Did someone glue fake flowers on a dead tree?" When we got closer to inspect, we were so surprised to see they were real. I don't think I've ever come across a tree that blooms first and then leafs out! The blooms right now are mostly buds, but I did find one that had dropped its petals revealing the pistils and stamens. I will go back and try to get more of the tree with blooms later.
100mm | f/4.5 | ISO 400 | 1/1000 sec