May in Michigan: Morels, trillium and a whole lot of events!

Last of the Trillium at Mildred Harris Sanctuary

Last of the Trillium at Mildred Harris Sanctuary, photo by bill.d.

“Spring – an experience in immortality.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

May 2010 (like most of April) has been a little strange – we have everything from daffodils to morels to cherry blossoms to lilacs here in northern Michigan. Those are usually separated by a month or more, but if we get good rain and sun through the summer, this year could be a harvest for the ages.

Our Michigan Calendar of Events for May will whet your appetite for what Michigan has to offer in May. You can still catch the Tulip Time Festival in Holland this weekend along with Jackson Storyfest and the Mushroom Festival in Mesick. If you miss that one, the Boyne City Morel Mushroom Festival is May 13 – 16.

May is a great time to get into woods or your garden to see what’s what as it blossoms and blooms and flowers. It’s also when they celebrate the Kirtland Warbler Wildlife Festival in Roscommon (May 15) and the Annual Flower Fair & Home & Garden Marketplace in Lake Orion (May 22-23).

For music lovers there’s the Downtown Hoedown in Detroit (May 14-16) and one of the world’s biggest electronic music festivals, Movement 2010 – Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival (May 29-30). You can enjoy music and the arts at the East Lansing Art Festival (May 22-23) and at Wheatland’s Traditional Arts Weekend in Remus (May 28-30) and

From the Ann Arbor Book Festival (May 14-16) to the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth (May 21-22) to the Alma Highland Festival and Games (May 29-30) to the Petoskey Stone Festival in Eastport (May 29), May will keep you running so much that you’ll be ready for summer and the Annual Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Race on the 29th!

According to West Michigan Tourist Association, the Mildred Harris Sanctuary is a 40-acre sanctuary northwest of Kalamazoo that has a mature Beech-Maple forest that in all likelihood has never been logged. The understory and groundcover are diverse with spring ephemerals like this trillium and shrubs.

You have to check this photo out background bigtastic and also see Bill’s Mildred Harris Sanctuary slideshow.

Here’s more spring wallpaper from Michigan in Pictures!

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