The house began to pitch… by Cherie
“Oh rubbish, you have no power here. Be gone before someone drops a house on you.”
– Glinda the Good
On May 15, 1856, L Frank Baum was born. 44 years and 2 days later, he published the first of my personal favorite series of books and one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, The Wizard of Oz. While I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a gateway to the Land of Oz hidden somewhere in Michigan, I have no doubt that the magic & wonder of the Oz owes a lot to the time that the Goose Man of Macatawa spent in Michigan!
I’m not sure if there’s a wicked witch under this house, but you can check it out background big and see more in Cherie’s Rural Exploration album.
Twin Morels worth a zoom, photo by Mark Smith
Mark took this photo back in May of 2015, but I’m hearing from friends in Leelanau that morels are starting to pop. We’ve had some great rain over the last few days all around Michigan and the temps are about right for morel magic!
View Mark’s photo background bigilicious and see more in Mark’s slideshow.
There’s more morels action in the Michigan in Pictures Morel tag and some great tips in this Morel Madness feature on my Leelanau.com website.
More spring wallpaper for your computer too!
Happy May Day from a Dutchman, photo by Dale Devries
Happy May Day everyone!
Dale took this on May 1, 2017 after a much warmer spring and writes: Took a walk to the Rosy Mound (sand dune) just south of Grand Haven this morning, and found many Dutchman’s Breeches along the trail! I was looking for red trillium, but found none of them. The anatomy of this flower is quite amazing, with the stamens and pistil hanging down.
View Dale’s photo background big and and see more in his massive The Best of West Lake album.
Get your desktop ready with lots more Spring wallpaper on Michigan in Pictures!
Siberian Iris, photo by Julie Mansour
Something that you may or may not know is that my mother has some form of Alzheimer’s spectrum brain disease that has progressed to the point where she no longer knows me, or herself. While there’s no really good terminal illnesses out there, Alzheimer’s and related dementias seem to me to be among the worst as they destroy much of the essence of the person you love long before taking their life.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and if you click that link, you can see some great photos shared on the hashtags #ENDALZ & #MyAlzStory along with information about efforts to combat these diseases and a way to donate.
View the photo background bigilicious and see more in Julie’s slideshow.
Spoon flower, photo by Bailwick Studios
The photographer writes that this flower might also be called a spooned daisy, African daisy, or a caped daisy.
View the photo background bigtacular and see more in Bailwick Studious slideshow.
More flowers on Michigan in Pictures!
A lighthouse at the end of the rainbow, photo by Ann Fisher
Memorial Day Weekend is a unique holiday. It’s both a celebration of the beginning of the summer, the weekend to throw off the shackles of cold & gray and embrace sun and sand, and also a somber remembrance of those who have given their lives defending our nation. I hope that light and love touch you in both of these pursuits.
View the photo of the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse background bigtacular and see more in Ann’s 2017 UP slideshow.
More about the Marquette Lighthouse and LOTS more about rainbows on Michigan in Pictures.