I captured these beautiful magnolias in the San Francisco Botanical Garden yesterday. The photo above is a Magnoliaceae, or Magnolia Dawnsoniana which is native to China.
This is a Magnolia Stellata, Water Lily. I spend several hours snapping as I knew a pineapple express storm was making its way into the San Francisco Bay Area from Northern California.
This is another Magnolia Dawsoniana flower from a tree that is about 40 feet high.
I love the delicate star like blossoms of the Magnolia Stellata. Several stellata trees were at peak bloom and I knew after the storm few petals would be left.
The hours of a magnolia blossom's life are few. I was happy to be able to experience the full beauty of the trees.
These two are Magnolia Dawsonianas and viewing them required a telephoto lens.