On Wednesday of this past week, the lunchtime weather was perfect for a quick photo walk around the Illinois campus. The sidewalk along the north side of the Campus Recreation Center East is lined with young magnolia trees. Each spring, I make sure to watch the buds carefully so that I don't miss the first ones opening.
All of the trees had buds that were swelling with great anticipation in the warm, sunny weather, but I found just one that had actually broken its winter seal to reveal the slightest bit of its inner beauty.
When I saw that the March Gardening Gone Wild Photo Contest was themed "Awakening," I knew this would be the photo to submit.