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In my previous posts on the Upper Peninsula (Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore Trail: A View From The Water – 5* Pix and Pure Michigan – A Visit to the Upper Peninsula – 5* Pix), I profiled the big things – waterfalls and the Pictured Rock Lakefront Trail. Now it is time for the small things, the little vignettes, mostly floral, that also tell the story. It was still summer during my visit, so the wildflowers of northern Michigan were out in full glory. Hope you enjoy these 5 pix.
- Reflection: As we crossed the Peninsula to get from the northern shore (Lake Superior) to its southern shore (Lake Michigan), we passed several scenic rest stops, and the Seney Natural Wildlife Refuge. It took several hours to take what is normally a 2.5 hour drive, mostly because we stopped at every scenic stop, and pulled out the cameras. At the Wigwam rest stop (yes, a named stop, not just a blue metal road sign, and with a wigwam covered bathroom facility to boot!), we took a stretch, and walked to a nearby pond where I saw this tree wonderfully reflected in the pond.
- Water Lily: Did you know that water lilies bloom only once per year, and only for five days when they bloom? I sure didn’t. But that is because I knew very little about the flower. I HAD to look it up, after we saw a pond full of blooming water lilies at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. From afar, I couldn’t tell what the small white “puffs” were, in the midst of green leaves covering the pond near the entrance. I almost missed the trumpet swans (not pictured) too – when I got closer to the water lilies, the swans flew further away. So, I focused on the water lilies, abundant and floating on the pond.
- Maidenstears: These delicate pink and white flowers were plentiful during our trip. It is a plant that is native to Europe, and for those that are into epicurean delights, the flower is edible. It is widespread in North America, where it is considered a weed. However, Italians use it in risotto, Greek Islanders on Crete sauté the tender young leaves in olive oil, and the Cypriots use it so widely that they have begun to cultivate the greens for sale in local markets. Beautiful and edible — nature’s bounty, for sure.
- Iconic Beauties: Both are iconic — the field of black-eyed Susans in the foreground, and Mackinac Bridge — and both are breathtakingly beautiful. This image was taken from the bridge rest stop, the last one on the Lake Michigan Scenic Drive, before you leave the Upper Peninsula. This drive is beautiful—you can see the blue expanse of Lake Michigan from the highway, and there are several easily reached photo stops (OK, they are really called rest stops!) along the way. We almost didn’t stop, but look at what we would have missed if we hadn’t!
- They Call Them ‘Common’ (2): I found these flowers — the Common Burdock and Common Milkweed — to be uncommon in their beauty. I loved the delicate purple fronds in the common burdock petals. The same is true of the tiny petals of the common milkweed plants, made even more fascinating with the yellow jacket on the petals — of course I made an effort not to disturb the bee.
You gotta love the flora! I had such a great time trying to just capture the beauty, as evidenced by these flowers. I hope you enjoy this view of the Upper Peninsula as much as I did. It was definitely our pleasure to stop at the rest stops, and making each one a photo opportunity, and enjoy the flowers.
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