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Pure Michigan Sunflowers as Far as the Eye Can See

UPDATE: The sunflower field below is not in bloom in 2019. Checkout my newest post from August 2018 about another sunflower field option in the area, Munsell Farms in Fowlerville –> Taking in Another Field of Michigan Sunflowers 🌻🌻🌻

We are on the backside of the summer season here in Michigan and the Midwest. That meant when I was out on the open road this week, I came across a field of Pure Michigan sunflowers as far as the eye can see.

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

I got as close to the never-ending field in Whitmore Lake, just outside Ann Arbor, as I could without going in. The early morning light just beamed off the sunflowers that were as tall as me. All of the bright blue sky served as the perfect backdrop. Dawn is my recommended time to experience sunflowers.

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

With sunflowers usually come some bees, but I was lucky enough only to see a few. Can you spot the one below? 🙂

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

You will find this field on the northwest corner of North Territorial and Whitmore Lake roads. I parked alongside Whitmore Lake road watching the morning dew soak my jeans and shoes. It was well worth it to see the summertime beauty that is sunflowers. I will let the rest of the pictures do the talking.

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

From my experience sunflowers don’t seem to stay in full bloom for very long. I was so happy that I drove through this intersection this week. 🙂

Where else would you recommend checking out sunflowers in Michigan? Where have you come across them in your travels?

Finding My Holland Tulip Spot in Michigan.

Spring in Holland, Michigan means it is time for another Tulip Time (Festival)! During Tulip Time each year you will find millions of tulips planted all over town of all colors. One spot, actually an intersection, I kept finding myself at was the corner of 7th Street and College Street on the north side of downtown.

Walking first past this intersection right after sunrise, it was quite cool so some the bright yellow and orange tulips were still closed.

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Later in the morning and into the afternoon as I walked by a couple of more times, with the summer air and bright sunshine in place, the tulips were wide open. They were saying hello so I had to stop and hang out some more! I’ll let the rest of the picture tell the story.

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Where is your favorite place to checkout the tulips of Spring around home or that you have come across in your travels?

Walking the Market on Pike Street in Seattle.

When people think Seattle they think Pacific Northwest, coffee, seafood, the Space Needle and Mount Lanier. One of the first things that came to mind also when I found out I’d be spending a little time there was Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Right along Elliott Bay and Pike Street, in the heart of the city, is a foodie and shopping paradise. It’s one of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the United States.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

You’ll find many, many people capturing the signage and clock. It’s almost lunch time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One thing that will definitely catch the eye right away are the flowers. The assortment of boutiques, arrangements and flower colors at very reasonable prices will make the tourist wish they lived locally.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Being along the water in the Pacific Northwest you’ll definitely find a lot of every kind of seafood imaginable. The size of some of the fish you can buy wow!

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, fresh seafood

Ditto on the produce. One stand after another of colorful vegetables in perfect condition.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Walking outside of the main market area along Pike Street you’ll find shops, restaurants, stands and people lining the streets.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One of the shops is the original Starbucks. Of course I will notice anything coffee related. 🙂 It’s definitely worth a visit, but get there early. If you want to sit inside and/or get a caffeinated coffee beverage, be prepared to stand in line. A good alternative is Local Color Art Coffee and More a few doors down. It’s part coffee shop, part gallery and a good place to people watch and hang out.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, original Starbucks, coffee shop

There are unique vendors all-around selling something for everyone. One that caught the eye was the tie-dyed t-shirts stand. If you’re looking for a local souvenir to take home check out Mt St Helen’s Ash and get something made of the ash from the 1980 volcanic eruption.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Tip: Hearing a lot from the locals while there, finding a parking spot is a major issue so pack patience or walk/take public transportation.

Whether its people watching, shopping, hanging out in the big city or enjoying coffee and some eats, Pike Place Market in Seattle is definitely worth the time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

What other markets would you recommend that you have come across in your travels?