It’s Asparagus Season in Michigan!

Purple Curl by Mark Smith

Purple Curl by Mark Smith

The Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board says that:

The countdown to the kickoff of the 2021 Michigan asparagus season is officially over, as the seasonal favorite will be making its way to retailers across the nation. As a result of unexpected cooler temperatures at the traditional start of the season, the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board (MAAB) has announced that the production area of West-central Michigan began harvesting and packing this week.

“Because asparagus depends on weather, it does tend to be somewhat unpredictable,” explained Jamie Clover Adams, Executive Director of the MAAB. “But as all our Michigan asparagus fans out there will tell you, it is a veggie that is well-worth the wait.”

Mother Nature imposed her own plans for the “normal” Mother’s Day season, with near or below freezing night temperatures delaying the start of the harvest for about a week.

Fresh Michigan asparagus is definitely something I stop for at roadside stands. You can get some great asparagus recipes from the MAAB including the clubhouse leader for my dinner tonight, an Asparagus Bacon & Cheese Tart – YUM!!

Mark took this photo a few years ago & you can see more in his Garden gallery on Flickr.

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Looking through to another time … again

Looking Through to Another Time by Anna Newhouse

Looking Through to Another Time by Anna Newhouse

Sometimes I save photos I feature on Michigan in Pictures to a folder that changes my computer background every day. This one by Anna from 5 years back has always been one of my favorites.

You can see more in Anna’s My 365 Photo Challenge gallery.

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Blossoms & Blue

Leelanau Sweet Cherry Blossoms May 5

Sweet Cherry Blossoms by Andrew McFarlane

Here’s a photo of mine from yesterday afternoon of cherry blossoms on the Leelanau Peninsula. You can follow my @mileelanau Instagram for more shots from northwest lower Michigan!

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Fox Friday: Blessed are the curious…

I Spy You Both by Julie

I Spy You Both…. by Julie

Love this shot of two fox kits!! Julie observes “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures…” and we have to agree!

See more in Julie’s Wildlife gallery & stay curious people!!

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Dutchman’s breeches

Dutchman's breeches by William Dolak

Dutchman’s breeches by William Dolak

Bill shared this photo last week in the Michigan in Pictures group on Facebook & writes:

Dicentra cucullaria, or Dutchman’s breeches, is a perennial herbaceous plant, native to rich woods of eastern North America, with a disjunct population in the Columbia Basin.

The common name Dutchman’s breeches derives from their white flowers that look like white breeches.

Click for a couple more shots from Bill.

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The Purple Ones

Mom's garden by Andrew McFarlane

The Purple Ones by Andrew McFarlane

Here’s a rare Michpics pic from yours truly. It’s a shot of these incredible purple flowers that spread from the neighbor’s to my mother’s yard & bloom every spring.

See more flowers on Michigan in Pictures & have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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2021 Michigan Morel Season is here!

White Morel by Rick Wolanin

White Morel by Rick Wolanin

This week I’ve started to see people posting their finds in the various morel hunting groups I’m in, so it’s time to declare the 2021 season officially underway! Michigan in Pictures has a ton of information about Michigan morels, including hunting tips & how to avoid the mildly toxic false morel.

Rick took this photo back in May of 2014 near Boyne City (home to a bangin’ morel festival) and you can see more in his Morel Mushrooms taken within 5 miles of Boyne City gallery on Flickr.

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Bees Working

Bees Working by Brooke Pennington

Untitled by Brooke Pennington

Here’s stunning shot from way back in 2008 that I’ve featured before. Check out Brooke’s Spring gallery on Flickr for more!

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2021 Cherry Blossoms: Any Day Now Edition

Any Day Now by Mark Smith

Any Day Now by Mark Smith

Mark took this the other day of a cherry orchard on the high hills of Leelanau County. Won’t be long before cherry blossoms return to Michigan!

Head over to Downstreamer on Flickr for Mark’s latest!

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A Tree in the Fog

A Tree in the Fog by Joel Dinda

A Tree in the Fog by Joel Dinda

Joel took this photo 7 years ago in Eaton County’s Roxand Township. I’ve shared it before, but it’s too good not to share again! See more in his Fog & Mist gallery on Flickr.

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