I'm starting a new series of free wallpapers. This is the first installment.
The magnolia flower is a winter bloom. It is one of my favorite flowers and not one I ever saw naturally occurring in Phoenix. In Oakland though, and in my neighborhood of Temescal especially, there are abundant magnolia trees. Their blooms are massive - the size of an open hand or bigger in some cases, and the trees can be quite tall so a tree covered in blooms is a magnificent sight. The cherry on the top is walking into the sillage of their sweet scent. I dare you not to slow down and fill your lungs with it.
There are two magnolia trees I can see from our apartment. Wallpaper Project 001 is based on photographs I took of the pink blooms (the other trees have white blooms) on a day I woke up to a delightful misty rain outside. If you look closely at the images, I was able to capture the tiny specks of rain.
Photographs taken by me with my Canon 60D and edited in Photoshop and may not be altered or distributed elsewhere.