Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Trillum, cherry blossoms and a barn or two


There’s no better place to spend a weekend then in Michigan’s little finger, and I was lucky enough to spend last weekend there at the home of a friend. This trip had a specific purpose, to see Trillium Hill and cherry orchards in bloom.

What’s that over there? Could it be a barn??

But first I had a several hour drive up and across the middle of the lower peninsualia of Michigan. Right through farm country.

Three for the price of one.

Plus I was lucky enough to have some pretty interesting skies which kept taking me off the freeway and on to back roads looking for that perfect combination of barn and sky. I kept promising myself that I’d get back on the road and stop stopping. But it was hard.

This was my favorite barn on the trip north.

When I eventually made it to Traverse City, still half an hour from my destination, the storm front I’d had so much fun photographing had gone through, the temperatures had dropped into the mid 30s, (-1.11F), and the wind had picked up. On the 7th of May sleet was hitting my windshield.

Traverse Bay didn’t look very inviting.

Things didn’t look promising for a photoshoot of flowers or orchards! But by late afternoon the sun was beginning to peek through clouds and temperatures, though not balmy, at least weren’t freezing. Still, we put on our winter coats, hats and gloves as we headed out to Trillium Hill.

Waves and waves of trillum lit by a sinking sun.

The hill is covered in acres of white blossoms and the lowering sun softened the light, making them glow.

Trillums, the state flower in Michigan, as far as you could see.

It was unlike anything I’d ever seen. And though you’d think there were only so many pictures to take of trilliums, you’d be wrong. There were infinite ways to try to capture the moment, and I tried to get them all.

A closer look.

I didn’t want to miss the cowslips along a small creek at the base of the hill…

A bit of gold among all that white.

…or the jack in the pulpit that gleamed in the evening light.

I loved the light shining through the leaves.

And of course, the stars of the show, the hundreds and hundreds, the thousands of trillum as far as the eye could see. There was simply no way to encompass the entirity, it was almost hard for me to believe it was real, and I was standing in the middle of it all.

Sheer magic.

Eventually we tore ourselves away from the hill and went looking for cherry orchards in bloom. Luckily there were still some puffy white clouds just begging to be used as a backdrop.

Rows of beautiful trees covered hillsides, shining against a bright blue sky.

Not everything was in bloom yet, but the trees that were, were stunning.

It felt like spring had finally arrived.

It was a treat to drive the backroads looking for something special. And look what we found.

A barn AND cherry trees! Jackpot!

So the very first day of my weekend up north we managed to find both our objectives, trilliums and cherry trees. What was left to do the next day?

Even the roads are beautiful.

Guess you’ll have to wait and see.

We liked the shadows on this barn. The end of a good day.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

22 thoughts on “Trillum, cherry blossoms and a barn or two

  1. Sheer magic is right, both up and down. Utterly beautiful, Dawn.


  2. Magical places to visit and you did a great job of photographing them.


  3. Ooh, I really love the distressed white paint on the barn… lovely! 🙂


  4. Your drive and photos make me want to get out into the countryside. You are the best at finding the best barns. Love the cowslip, details like that call to me.


  5. What a lovely trip this must’ve been! I don’t guess I’ve ever seen a Trillum (or if I have, I didn’t know what it was when I saw it!). Such magic! And all those barns, cherry blossoms, and interesting cloud formations! Golly, I can hardly wait for part two, Dawn!


  6. Beautiful pictures. I’ve never seen so many trillium. It’s Ontario’s provincial flower. I’ll have to try to do a new blog post, not much to write about when you’re still in lockdown. Our first camping trip is cancelled.


    • I’m so sorry. Do you guys have something equivalent to our CDC? I think ours just gave in to pressure and let it all go. I am curious if this will open the border. Or if it has to be a consensual agreement between the two countries to open that back up.


  7. The barns are spectacular. I want one or two!


  8. That white barn was super. But the cherry trees with the white fluffy clouds behind them was the best! 🙂


  9. It’s oh so BEAUTIFUL there and your photos are amazing!! You transport us to such a magical place and for this I thank you!! ❤️ ~Diana


  10. Oh the jack in the pulpit! Dawn, I swear your photos are getting better all the time. And Michigan barns can be so magnificent, too.


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