There’s nothing original about a three-photo progression. Nevertheless, it can tug at the heart-strings.
So, there’s a bud, and a partly open flower.
And here are several open blooms.
These aren’t from the same bushes, but, duh, they’re all azaleas. And, I was out in the morning after the rain stopped. If I’d been out in the afternoon, the photos would show sunshine.
My favorite bit is the “hat” cap on the bud in the first photo (partly edited out of the image…sorry).