The annual Magnolia in bloom is at its peak in the grounds of St Mary’s Bletchley. The 2021 display is wonderful and has moved from a bundle of buds to a full display of flowers in only a couple of days due to warm weather.
The Magnolia tree is positioned next to the church and is often used by children as a climbing frame on their way in and out of the church. With Covid putting a stop to congregational worship this has not happened this year and we have the tree standing on its own to show the community that spring has arrived, coincidentally with Easter and the promise of renewal that this time of year brings.
The photographs below were taken over four days, from tight buds to full flowering of hundreds of individual flower heads. The display was past its best by day five, and the ground will be covered with soft petals only too quickly. The camera used was Lumix S1R with 14-24mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mmm lenses.
Why take photographs of this beautiful tree?