Posts Tagged ‘flower’

The Art of the Unexpected

Posted in West Michigan on May 31st, 2010 by Edward Bussa – 2 Comments

Years ago I discovered a personal meaning for the word “adventure”. I was telling a friend my plans for taking a solo, cross-country trip to New Mexico. He asked why and I told him I was “looking for adventure”.  His reply was,  “Really? You know adventure begins when things don’t go as planned, right?”. Sure enough, I found my adventure and realized the truth in my friends words.

While on my way through Oklahoma I encountered the first of what would be many “adventures” on this trip. My car broke down in Stroud, Oklahoma and I ended up spending several unplanned nights at the Skyliner Motel. This, being  a spring trip, coincided with Oklahoma’s tornado season and several powerful thunderstorms developed. One night I felt trapped by the rain but  decided to make the best of the situation and get out my camera.  A few weeks later, after returning home, I found this image on the last frame of the last roll from that night:

Skyliner Motel

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Polar Bears and Trilliums

Posted in West Michigan on April 30th, 2010 by Edward Bussa – Be the first to comment

What 3 things do Polar Bears and Trillium flowers have in common?

Give already? The obvious one is they’re both white, but what about the other two?

Polar Bears and Trilliums are also both vulnerable and just trying to survive. I know, kind of the same thing, but really different if you think about it.
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Trilliums Now!

Posted in West Michigan on May 4th, 2009 by Edward Bussa – 2 Comments

Trilliums are delicate flowers and don’t stay in bloom very long, so be sure to get out and see them one nice day this week.  A ritual for me each spring is to pay a visit to Aman Park where I marvel at the mounded fields flush with lily white beauties. Three delicate petals and three large wavy green leaves define these protected flowers.  Normally you will find one or two of them in the woods or see a small group of them along the road.  This is not the case at Aman Park.  The first time walking into what I think of as “Trillium Valley”, you are overwhelmed with green and white on every hill.  I’ve lived and worked in West Michigan for, well, forever and I just learned about this park and its tradition of abundant Trilliums a few years ago from “The Clary Sisters” (Nikki and Jenn) – thanks for the tip!

It is delightful to see such a delicate flower thriving in such expansive numbers.  So get to Aman Park (google map) soon or wait until next year!  Be sure to bring and wear bug spray if you plan on loitering a bit.  The mosquitos come out early in this valley.

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