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It’s been raining off and on again, and getting very hot, well above 90 °F (32 °C), so I stayed home and went around the yard to see if there are any summer flowers to photograph. I was immediately attracted to a large blooming Southern Magnolia (Magnolia Grandiflora) flower.

Southern Magnolia flower. It was about 12 in (30 cm) across.

Closer look.

Southern Magnolia.

Since the flower was mostly white, I converted the above shot to monochrome. Which version do you prefer?

Southern Magnolia, monochrome.