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Tulip Magnolias, Many Style Blossoms

I’ve mention that the Tulip Magnolias have put on a spectacular display this year unspoiled by frosty nights. They have been blooming for weeks and with no leaves yet on the trees the blossoms really stand out.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

Next is another close up version of the flower from my post Tulip Magnolia Blossom, Very Large.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

I don’t recall seeing this next type before with so many petals, almost like a daisy.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

This one reminds me of a teacup, and another one that I wished I could have gotten up above for an interior shot.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

This next one is prettier before it fully opens. I generally see this style more bedraggled looking.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

Lastly, a yet unfurled blossom, showing off a gorgeous magenta exterior, a color I remember fondly from my childhood along with the Crayola 64 Box. I just looked Crayola up to ensure I remembered correctly and find you can now get a full box of 12 of the same color.  Who knew?

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

Tulip Magnolia Blossom, Very Large

This blossom was easily the size of a dinner plate, just huge. I would have liked a step stool for a better look!

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom, a Bee zipping by

Update:
At Hans Wikström’s suggestion below I’ve cropped re-edited to show off the bee’s shadow. This is less than 10% of the original photo, which I normally don’t do but think it works here. Thank you, Hans!

Tulip Magnolia Blossom with Bee
Tulip Magnolia Blossom with Bee

Alligator Crossing

A fellow photographer motioned to me that there was something down over the bank. That motioning wasn’t at all specific, nor alarmed. I was hoping for a Barred Owl, which we had heard earlier.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

No, it was a pretty big Alligator on the move.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

I backed up, and more and more Gator came through the underbrush.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

With my 100-400MM lens at 100MM I could not get the entire beast in my frame.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

As expected the Alligator went straight across the road and dropped into the pond.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

I found out later was that this is a mama Alligator and she had been seen moving young hatchlings into the pond.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road