March 19, 2012
Early Spring in Ann Arbor - Or About Those Wildflowers by Martha Cook Hall
On my daily walks across campus, I am never without my camera. And if you are into squirrels and think they are cute - then you might appreciate my ridiculously large number of photos that I have to share via flickr on this matter (All my Michigan Squirrel photos here).
But on my walk today - I noticed that the blue wildflowers that grow on the eastern side of the Cook Hall yard (think that is what it is called) are already up.
It got me thinking about previous years and when these came up. They are up just a short while and are so beautiful, especially when looking at the old iron gate that serves as a boundary marker.
In looking through my old photos - I found that the same flowers bloomed much much later (well, around 3 weeks) in recent years.
So it looks like these flowers are about three weeks ahead of themselves. Please keep in mind that the sample set is tiny and probably does not mean much. But one of the benefits of participating in flickr's Project365 (here are my photos) is that I have a really clear track to know when these things really happen. Otherwise, I might just muse...hey - these are coming up early.
Not sure what this means for the rest of the growing season in Michigan, but this is going to be a strange summer indeed.University of Michigan Topics