Almost Wordless Wednesday: Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms with Mount Fuji in the Background

Cherry Blossoms Outside Traverse City, Michigan

Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument

This weekend, a once nationally-renowned event, the Leelanau Cherry Blossom Tour returns to Traverse City, Michigan and neighboring Leelanau County. Cherry blossoms were once celebrated in Leelanau County as world-renowned displays, and volunteers are hoping to again spotlight their beauty. A resurgent Leelanau County Cherry Blossom Tour has been scheduled for Saturday, May 10, with the county's hills and orchards providing the backdrop for a leisurely bus ride free to all takers. There will be no charge for the tour.

Together, Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties produce more cherries than anywhere else on Earth. That is why the National Cherry Festival is held in Traverse City every July. Chances are, if you've ever had a piece of cherry pie, the tart cherries in the pie came from Traverse City area orchards.

Cherries are a super fruit. They are packed with Vitamins A, C and the whole gamut of Bs and anti-oxidants. Further nutritional information and mouthwatering cherry recipes can be found on Jackie's blog: The Vegan Diet

Years ago, a Cherry Blossom Tour was offered annually by agricultural leaders in Leelanau County at about the same time the “Blessing of the Blossoms” ceremony was celebrated in Grand Traverse County. While the blessing event remains today, the blossom tour has long been discontinued — until this year. The event, which will start and end at the Connie Binsfeld Building in Lake Leelanau, will also feature a free lunch with cherry brats from Pleva’s Market in Cedar and those famous Cherry Republic Boomchunka cookies.

The Leelanau County Cherry Blossom Tour is sponsored by the Leelanau Conservation District, Leelanau Conservancy and the Leelanau Enterprise, with several other organizations pitching in to put Leelanau’s best — and prettiest — face forward at a special time of year.

Information about the importance of the cherry industry to Leelanau County — as well as efforts to keep that industry strong — will be provided as part of the tour. Information about the tour is available at, the website for the Leelanau Enterprise, and at the Leelanau Conservancy. Contact the Leelanau Conservancy at 231-256-9665 for further information or to volunteer.


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Kelly @ Pass the Torch said...

Oooh! Gorgeous! My WW are never wordless either;)

May 06, 2008 8:51 PM
katztales said...

Gorgeous. I do miss the Spring. And Michigan is my husband's country so it's always good to see what the place looks like :-)

May 06, 2008 8:55 PM
Shelia said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures. The wonders of nature are incredible!

May 06, 2008 9:52 PM
brittany e said...

These are the best. My faves our the first and last ones. Great Job :)

May 07, 2008 3:32 AM
Mariuca said...

Hola Matt! I'm amazed at your pictures once again! They're all so beautiful and I'm feeling totally serene looking at them right now. Great pics! :)

May 07, 2008 7:51 AM
Roxiticus Desperate Housewives said...

Hmm...4 pictures... must be worth at least 4,000 words.

Great shots. I may have to send you my Roxiticus Valley cherry blossoms.


P.S. -- Have dropped one (1) EntreCard so far today (here)...only 299 to go to keep up with you and Mariuca.

May 07, 2008 8:39 AM
Henson Ray said...

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

May 07, 2008 9:29 AM
Thomas said...

Awesome pictures!

May 07, 2008 9:40 AM
Jackie said...

Thanks for putting my link :)

Fabulous pictures of the cherry blossoms. We also have a cherry festival here every year but it is in Ficksberg, way off the beaten track, so I sadly have never got there.

May 07, 2008 9:50 AM
Valerie said...

I love the cherry blossoms, and more beautiful pics!

May 07, 2008 11:14 AM
Mrs. Mecomber said...

Oh those photos are exquisite!

May 07, 2008 12:35 PM
Jennifer Robin said...

I love that one of the cherry trees in Michigan!

May 07, 2008 1:43 PM
Matthew S. Urdan said...


Thank you very much for stopping by and taking the time to comment on the Cherry Blossom pictures. Stop by often to see great photos throughout the week, but every Tuesday evening here on the east coast of the states, when Almost Wordless Wednesday gets posted, count on breathtaking and beautiful photos from MTMD.

Katztales, where in Michigan is your husband from? I encourage you to visit the Michigan Tourism Site for more great pics. You can find some great links for Michigan photos and lifestyle on my left sidebar--scroll down and click on the drop-down list under Michigan Travel Resources.

Mariuca, the photos do have a calming effect, don't they? Thanks again, as always, for stopping by.

Rox, I'd love to see the Cherry Blossoms from Roxiticus Valley.

Jackie, it's my pleasure. Where is Ficksberg? South African Geography isn't exactly my forte.


May 07, 2008 2:22 PM
Jason said...

The thing I miss most about living in Washington, DC are the Cherry Blossoms. There's nothing like strolling around the Jefferson Memorial in the springtime while everything is pink.

May 07, 2008 3:36 PM
Jackie said...

Per your query, Ficksburg is in the Free State near the Lesotho border if that would help you at all LOL

May 07, 2008 3:58 PM
dan said...

The last pic is superb. I really love cherries and cherry blossoms. I hope I'll visit Japan in spring one day soon :X ... when all the cherries are in blossom. Besides, those Asian women are fine. I for one believe that cultural experience exchange is a must. So I'll be almost obliged to ... get to know them better ... for culture's sake.. and for Japanese sake to, warm sake :X

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