Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The next day


When I left you last, we had just spent the late afternoon exploring Trillium Hill and some of the backroads around Leelanau County. The next morning I lounged around in bed for a bit, enjoying the view from my window. It looked like it was going to be a beautiful day.

Pretty in pink.

After we spent some time tickling orange tummies, we headed back out to see what we would find.

No reason to rush out of the house.

Since we had seen Trillium Hill with the sun going down behind it, we wondered what it would look like with the morning light on it’s face. We were not disappointed.

Happy flowers with the morning sun warming them.

At first I thought I’d just take a general shot from the road. After all, I had all those images from the day before. And who, really, needs more than a few dozen pictures of white flowers?

The cowslips (or marsh marigolds) liked the morning light too.

Well. I just couldn’t resist, because the light was different in the morning, and everything looked fresh and happy.

It was hard to stop taking pictures.

We probably stayed way too long there, but after all, we’re both retired. What better way to spend a morning than among acres of flowers?

Another little pretty, hiding among all that white.

Eventually we left the magic hillside to see what else was out there. Turns out there was a lot. But first we stopped at a winery to pick up a few bottles and enjoy the view.

I loved the layers, from the dandelions to the grape vines to the two colors of orchards and the tall trees behind.

Then we wandered, on conservatory trails, through woods just waking up to spring.

How could you resist following this trail?

Spring was enjoying a resurgence, but sometimes you had to look carefully.

Such wonderful colors and texture.

We spent a lot of time in the woods. But we also drove on a lot of roads, looking for pretty stuff. It wasn’t hard to find things to stop for.

Roads meander through such beauty that I can’t believe people don’t drive off the road just looking at everything.

But mostly we kept our eyes open while we traipsed through the woods. We saw bleeding heart…

…and more Jack in the pulpit…

…and lots of regular stuff just bursting open in joy.

Spring has sprung.

It was my last full day in the north, in the morning I’d be heading home, sad to be leaving but so very glad I’d been able to see spring in my favorite part of the state.

Usually my visit here is all about the lake. Or the stars. But this time it was more about the land. And what glorious land it is! I saw lots of good stuff on my drive home too, but it’s hard to top cherry blossoms and trillium.

They sure made me smile.

Sweetness in the light.

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.

30 thoughts on “The next day

  1. The trillium are wonderful. I’ve never seen so many at once. And all the other spring photos are lovely.


  2. A glorious land is right! What a treat to see so many beautiful flowers. Ah, spring!


  3. what a lovely trip! I’m so glad you got to go back in the spring.


  4. The stuff you identified as bleeding heart is related to it, but that is (I’m pretty sure) squirrel corn. Also closely related to it is Dutchman’s Breeches.
    But, wow! What great photos! So much beauty! And the vast expanses of trillium! Wow zero! Anyone who’s ever seen a swath like that will never forget it!


  5. I did not type “Wow zero” I typed Wowzers. Stupid spell check.


  6. Trilliums and troutlilies… I do miss Northern forests.


  7. Very nice. I used to vacation up in the Traverse City area when I was a kid, but during the high summer, not spring – they look like they are a few weeks behind us!


  8. I don’t think I’ve ever seen trillium other than in photos. It’s been showing up in emails and blog posts lately. Maybe someday I’ll see it in person.

    Your photos are all so beautiful. How wonderful that you were able to enjoy a spring and the land up north. 🙂


  9. You’re so right, Dawn — this was a beautiful day! And you captured so many lovely things! Why, this could be one of those Pure Michigan ads!!


  10. Trillium was my mother’s favorite flower. Thank you Dawn. Nope, you can’t have too many photos of trillium.


  11. Beautiful pictures and flowers. I love the trail its like you just want to wander down it and see what is at the other end.


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  13. Great photos!! We still need to find places to view mother earth. We are homebodies and Jim is doing fence replacement and started mowing our lawn since the lawn guy retired. I’m in Texas. whereabouts are you?


  14. What an eye you have, Dawn. I’d love to be able to take such fabulous photos. 😊


  15. Magic. All of it. The pictures and the words–so evocative. I saw trillium in the woods on the ride back home from the Lower to the Upper. It is so gorgeous.


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