The sun broke through the clouds for a while this afternoon, and I went out and photographed the little magnolia before the sun dissappeared behind the clouds or I managed to kill it. We got this one because it's blooming right now. This particular bloom has ended, of course, but some of the petals are still attached to the central part of the flower. I like photographing magnolias because of the smooth satiny way the dark green leaves reflect the light. I'm waiting for some of the other buds on the tree to bloom.
All of it taken with the Olympus E-PL1 and an Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm 1:1.4. Various degrees of post processing in Lightroom 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2, except for the second photograph. It came out of the camera as-is. All Lightroom did was convert the raw file to JPEG.