This beauty is blooming around our area right now, with many trees in various stages. This is the first of this particular Magnolia series to have a completely open flower. According to Southern Living: in the 1950s, two breeders at the U. S. National Arboretum crossed lily magnolia (Magnolia liliflora) with star magnolia (M. stellata). They selected a series of superior hybrids that became known as "The Little Girl Series," because each plant was given a girl's name. There are about a half-dozen of them, but the ones you're most likely to encounter are ‘Ann,' 'Betty', ‘Jane,' and ‘Susan.' I'd like to think this is a 'Betty' because that was my mother's name. Since I can't be certain, I'm going to refer to it simply as as a Tulip Magnolia because that's what it looks like before fully opened. I chose this image due to the pistils and stamens resting in the petal.
200mm | f/8 | ISO 500 | 1/160 sec