Tag Archives: spring

Spring’s Floral Merriment

The Earth laughs in flowers

Ralph Waldo Emerson

and the effervescent  stream rushing past joins in the chorus.


Like a Child that Knows Poems by Heart

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainier Rilke

Michigan is once again alive with that striking yellow-green of early May and the swirling sounds of swollen creeks.  Fleming Creek flows, rapidly now, through a woods near University of Michigan’s Matthaei Gardens.

Fleming Creek, Michigan

Swirling of Swollen Creeks

Early Spring, as Michigan comes to life with a renewal  of yellow-green foliage and the playful melodies of swollen creeks rushing past.  This stream  is not far from me, near the University of Michigan’s prolific Matthaei Gardens.

Fleming Creek, Michigan


April’s Uncertain Glory

O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day;
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away.

Wiliam Shakespeare,  Two Gentlemen of Verona

While the Bard never set foot in  Michigan, his verse about April’s changing skies sounds a familiar note.  Spring’s  greenery has bravely made an appearance here and an amiable sun warmed our weekend, but today’s  snow shows that winter has not yet lost its grip.

Seven Lakes, Michigan


This river glides by you, playing a cheerful melody beneath the Spring sun, and flows on its journey to meet its big brother, the Detroit River.

The stream’s moniker, River Rouge, speaks of this area’s French history and the river’s color when filled with silt  in Springs gone by.  I remember not long ago this river was clogged with pollutants from the suburban Detroit communities along its course and standing near it would expose you to various and sundry foul odors.  Newspaper articles skeptically asked if the river would ever recover.   Since then, however, the River Rouge has been a reclamation project for Michigan’s environmental efforts.  Now, though the project to improve water quality continues, the River Rouge is a pleasant interlude on a fine Spring day’s hike.


River Rouge, Michigan

Photo Challenge: Great Lakes’ Humble Beginnings

In the Great Lakes state, there is an abundance of liquid attractions.  But, even Lake Superior, which could easily pass for  a freshwater inland sea, has its humble beginnings in laughing springs and rippling brooks.   A few of Michigan’s modest tributaries for your viewing enjoyment.


Photo Challenge:  Liquid 

Au Sable River

Iargo Springs, Michigan

pine river, michigan

Pine River, Michigan

Warren Dunes state park

Painterville Creek, Michigan

The Swollen and the Scrawny

Sure signs of Spring in Michigan: swollen streams and skinny deer.  Not to worry, though, as you can see the deer are foraging heartily  to put on needed pounds.  At this locale, they were much more concerned about nibbling tender green shoots than they were about an errant human wandering into their neighborhood.

Fleming Creek, Michigan