Harbinger-of-Spring was blooming in my woods so we decided to go to Grand River Park in Ottawa County, Michigan - since in years past we have found Harbinger-of-Spring and other early spring wildflowers here.
Grand River Park entrance
We went to Grand River Park and we were not disappointed. Many Harbinger-of-Spring plants were blooming!
So that was nice, but we both decided we wanted to check out Dowagiac Woods in southwest Michigan. That's about 100 miles to drive, one way. Dowagiac Woods is owned by Michigan Nature Association and is well-known for its beautiful display of spring wildflowers.
Old sign from 2008, and below the new sign.
We made it to Dowagiac Woods, the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the temperature had risen into the 60's! How could we not come to Dowagiac Woods today, why not. Maybe there would be nothing blooming. We were excited.
The woods were quite gray and brown, but what a great day to be in the woods.
And then we saw wildflowers. Many Harbinger-of-Spring, hundreds! One Spring Beauty. Then Hepatica! We heard frogs! Saw a toad. We sat, and listened to Spring.
Hepatica in so many colors.
I'm so glad we made the trip. The hepatica were lovely and we had the whole place to ourselves, except of course for the wildflowers, and frogs, toads, butterflies...
Thanks again Marie for your excellent driving skills, and enthusiasm!