Saturday was a beautiful autumn day in Williamston, Michigan. We were outside enjoying the scenery. Peak color is still at least a week away, but we enjoyed what we saw.
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If you walk through McCormick Park in Williamston, you will find an amazing display of wildflowers planted along the Red Cedar River. They are really beautiful this time of year.
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June 21 is the summer solstice, also known as midsummer. It is the longest day of the year. This year on the Solstice, we were had the opportunity to attend a celebration at the Sanilac Petroglyph or Ezhibiigaadek Asin (written on stone). It was a day of cultural teaching hosted by the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe. We felt honored to have the privilege of attending.
The photos did not turn out as well as I had hoped. The petroglyphs were not accessible, so I could not light them the way I would have liked. I had to use a flash and try to fix the photos in Lightroom. The first photo is the only one that turned out well enough to tell what it is. It is a person with a bow.
The next photos are from the ceremonial cleansing. The women pour some cedar water over the stone (Asin). There was also some traditional songs.
On the way out, I could not resist taking a few taking a few photos of the flowers and other flora.
The last few photos were taken about a mile from the Petroglyph site. The vista wit the farm buildings and windmills was really beautiful.
Miigwetch (Ojibwe for Thank you)
In October last year, we went on a wine tour in Southwest Michigan We decided to take the tour again in the spring. We visited some of the same vineyards and added a couple of new places. It looked a lot different Saturday than it did six months ago. This was a hard winter for the vineyards as well. There were still some nice signs of spring.
Here are links to the wineries we visited.
Tabor Hill Restaurant and Winery - Great wines and a wine education as well
The Round Barn Winery - Not only wines, but fantastic spirits and a terrific place for lunch (try the roasted eggplant sandwich)
12 Corners Vineyards - Lovely wines and some terrific dark chocolate almond bark with sea salt
The Chocolate Garden - No wines, but rich decadent truffles
Contessa Wine Cellars - Beautiful views and vineyards
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Last night a big chunk of the lower peninsula was coated with freezing rain. Ice storms are my least favorite type of winter weather. I would rather have a foot of snow than a quarter inch of ice. Snow can cause headaches, but ice can cause more damage. Ice is dangerous. It is also beautiful. Here is how my yard looked this morning.
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Last week, I had the opportunity to visit 3rd Day Farm in Lake City. Bob and Annie have a small but amazing farm. They produce a huge amount of fresh fruits and vegetables using intensive agricultural practices. Everything is natural - no pesticides, no genetically modified organisms, no growth hormones. It is not certified organic. It is better!
The really cool thing about the farm is Bob and Annie's willingness to share. They share their harvest, and they share their knowledge. Just stop by, Bob will take you on a tour of the farm, and he will tell you how you can grow vegetables too. There are no trade secrets here!
Spring brings flowers, and we have quite a few blooming around the house. Here are a few of them.
Enjoy your spring! Take time to smell the flowers!
I was in Acme, MI earlier this week for a conference at the Grand Traverse Resort. Most of the week, the weather was really nice. Spring was in full swing! For me, the most enjoyable sign of spring is when the trilliums bloom. The Resort had a stand of trees with hundreds of trilliums below. I had a great time photographing and looking at the trilliums.
This is my photo blog. I hope you enjoy the pictures.