I shot this photo of a magnolia in full bloom yesterday near Roanoke Memorial Hospital. When I was a kid in South Carolina we had a huge magnolia outside my bedroom window.
Now, you know how hot South Carolina is in the summer. When the magnolia was in bloom, its aroma was so overwhelming that I had to close my bedroom window and I soon discovered that dying of the heat was preferable to dying of magnolia perfume.
But magnolias are lovely, all the same.