Like a slow and silent POP, the flower bud base at the top of a stem of a Magnolia Tree cracks open and begins to shed the outer layers just as the big, beautiful white bloom begins to swell and opens.
Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the Southern Magnolia is a beloved flowering evergreen tree of the Southeastern United States.
You can read more about Magnolia (Wikipedia) by clicking here.
Photo is part of Magnolia Series taken in the small town of Franklin, North Carolina, USA.
© Jean Gregory Evans
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS 1/160s 100mm f/5.7 ISO-400