Houston, We have Tulips!

We have tulips!, photo by StormchaserMike Photography Holland’s 2009 Tuliptime Festival starts today and runs May 2-9, 2009. In addition to parades, music, celebrations of Dutch heritage, kids events and fireworks and somewhere around 6 million tulips, they are celebrating the 80th anniversary of Holland’s signature celebration this year. All who attend are entered to … Continue reading Houston, We have Tulips!

Beautiful Blossoms

Cherry Orchard Aisles & Blossoms, photo by Jess Clifton mLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa writes that the upcoming weather is looking normal, which is also fantastic for an extended time period of blooming here in Michigan: Tulip Time runs from Saturday, May 7, to May 14 in downtown Holland. The Traverse City area cherry blossoms are also about to erupt with … Continue reading Beautiful Blossoms

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

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

Holland, Michigan: flippin’ sweet.

flippin’ sweet., photo by jill d. Of this very wallpaper-friendly photo, Jill writes: i took this one of my friend phil last spring. we were at this place called the bowl, which is basically a huge sand dune on the coast of lake michigan in holland, michigan. phil was a diver in high school — … Continue reading Holland, Michigan: flippin’ sweet.

Dancing through West Michigan

Some days the photo for Michigan in Pictures is easy to find. Some days it’s not. Today was one of those days and after a lot of time wandering around the Library of Congress, I went back to Flickr and started looking through photos matching a search for Michigan. Somewhere around page 12, I found … Continue reading Dancing through West Michigan

Big Red, White Snow & Blue Ice

Reflections of a cold sunset, photo by Tony Reidsma Here’s an incredible shot of Big Red aka the Holland Harbor Lighthouse. In his extensive article on the history of the Holland Harbor Light, Terry Pepper explains how the nickname came to be: A Coast Guard crew arrived in Holland in 1956, and gave the combined fog signal … Continue reading Big Red, White Snow & Blue Ice

Holland, by rail and sail

On July 4, 1898, the first Interurban electric railroad car to carry passengers arrived in Holland. The first rails in Holland had been laid by the Holland and Lake Michigan Railway at River (Avenue) and Eighth Street. These cars are on the track a half-block east of there. More than 100 men and 17 teams … Continue reading Holland, by rail and sail