The trillium is blooming!

 

 

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There’s something so simple and beautiful about Trillium!  Wildflowers are one of my favorite things about walking on the Kal-Haven Trail.  There’s a spot on the trail that has hundreds of Trillium along a hill and if you walk by at just the right time, the sun is just peeking over making for the perfect picture.

 

Unfortunately my phone decided to crap out at this perfect time so I didn’t get as many pics as I would have wanted  (Which is like 500).  I’ll be back with the D40 to take some additional pictures later this week.

 

 

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Monday Inspiration!

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I took this picture last year at Bell’s.  (Yes, I take a lot of pictures there!) I am IN LOVE with the landscaping.  The front has a lot of lavender and fox glove.  The beer garden has a lot of different types of flowers that are beautiful but not too organized.  I love gardens that look like they weren’t planned.

It’s nice to have a place to go to in the city that’s full of green grass and flowers!  The beer is another draw too.

Happy Monday!

Don’t forget to get your dose of nature!

 

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Picture taken at the Whitetail Hall of Fame in Jackson, MI.

 

Spring is springing!

Yesterday, my boyfriend and I went for a walk at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery out towards Mattawan.  It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite places to experience nature.  The hatchery has a series of ponds for fish rearing.  You can feed the fish in the first pond, which is really fun for me as I really enjoy feeding animals.  (Give me some cracked corn and I will feed ducks for hours!  YES, I’m a five year old at heart!)

Besides fish, this hatchery brings in TONS of waterfowl and other birds.  Any place that has a lot of water naturally brings in a lot of creatures.  There were trumpeter swans, geese, ducks, a few unidentified species and birds in FULL-ON spring excitement mode.

It’s in places like this that we get to experience the resilience of Nature.  It’s easy to forget in the city that the season is in fact, changing.  Beyond the dirty sidewalks of Kalamazoo there are trees full of songbirds and flowers pushing through the ground.

Spring signifies hope.  All you have to do is look to nature to see that warmer days are ahead.  Don’t forget to take some time to look around and see that spring has sprung!

Kalamazoo AirFest 2013

Who doesn’t love hot air balloons!?  I have a weird obsession with them.  Never been in one, but when I heard that Kalamazoo was having their first ever AirFest, I had to check it out.  Especially since there was going to be a giant sugar bear balloon.  SOLD.  It was a tad bit windy but the balloons went up without a hitch.  It’s really neat to watch all the effort that goes into blowing them up.  There were people tugging on the end of a giant rope while other people were yelling and doing hot air balloon things.  It’s all very sophisticated.

Finally they were released into the sunset and it was all very magical and fairytale like.  All that was missing was a full choir singing R. Kelly’s iconic “I believe I can fly” underneath a rainbow.