In Selma, Alabama, the magnolias are already in bloom. But up here, a little further north, our magnolias stubbornly remain in bud form.

By the way–happy leap year, everyone! I like leap years. They’re like blue moons. Or lunar eclipses (yeah, there was one last week, and I failed spectacularly in getting a decent photograph of it).

P.S. I know the left side of the magnolia bud is wayyyyy overexposed, but I’m just happy my camera finally decided to get the dang thing in focus. I tried photographing this same bud a few weeks ago and had nothing but a bunch of blurry blobs to show for it. This time, only half my photos were blurry blobs. Why? Why, supermacro mode? I thought you loved me!