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Michigan Wildflowers in Color [Paperback]

Harry C. Lund
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revised edition with wildflower walks July 10 2004
This book was originally published in 1985, and my copy belongs to the eighth printing in 1999. Its popularity is well-deserved. Author and photographer, Harry C. Lund has spent many years hiking through bogs, forests, meadows, and sand dunes in Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas and its off-shore islands in order to put together this book for us. I have yet to find a Michigan wild flower that isn't listed in this guide. The book is well-bound and would easily fit into your backpack for a walk through the wild.
The flower photographs are grouped by color for ease of location. They are then listed in the order in which they appear during the growing season, which is a little trickier to use. I basically start at the beginning of a color group and page through until I find the flower I'm trying to identify. There are generally six photographs to a page, with the text on the facing page. In some cases, the photographs are a bit too small to easily recognize the flower, but when combined with the text there should be no identification problem.
At the beginning of "Michigan Wildflowers in Color," the author has illustrated textual terms such as 'stipules' or 'basal leaves' with a collection of line drawings. The plant descriptions include location, seasonal display, height, and information on whether the flower is protected and should not be picked or moved.
There is a quiz at the back of the book to test your 'flower power.' There is also an 'Observer's List' to keep track of the flowers you do find. Unfortunately, the first entry I wanted to check off wasn't on the list! Perhaps this is because Crown Vetch is not really a wild flower, although its photograph and description appear in the main section of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michigan Wildflowers in Color Aug. 23 2002
I have found this guide extremely helpful in identifying species found near our summer home in Michigan. It has excellent photographs, arranged by color, and a chart showing habitats, seasons, and growing conditions. There is a blank chart for entering your own finds. It is informative and user friendly. I would recommend it highly to both novice and experienced wildflower lovers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revised edition with wildflower walks July 10 2004
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was originally published in 1985, and my copy belongs to the eighth printing in 1999. Its popularity is well-deserved. Author and photographer, Harry C. Lund has spent many years hiking through bogs, forests, meadows, and sand dunes in Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas and its off-shore islands in order to put together this book for us. I have yet to find a Michigan wild flower that isn't listed in this guide. The book is well-bound and would easily fit into your backpack for a walk through the wild.
The flower photographs are grouped by color for ease of location. They are then listed in the order in which they appear during the growing season, which is a little trickier to use. I basically start at the beginning of a color group and page through until I find the flower I'm trying to identify. There are generally six photographs to a page, with the text on the facing page. In some cases, the photographs are a bit too small to easily recognize the flower, but when combined with the text there should be no identification problem.
At the beginning of "Michigan Wildflowers in Color," the author has illustrated textual terms such as 'stipules' or 'basal leaves' with a collection of line drawings. The plant descriptions include location, seasonal display, height, and information on whether the flower is protected and should not be picked or moved.
There is a quiz at the back of the book to test your 'flower power.' There is also an 'Observer's List' to keep track of the flowers you do find. Unfortunately, the first entry I wanted to check off wasn't on the list! Perhaps this is because Crown Vetch is not really a wild flower, although its photograph and description appear in the main section of this book.
The author has also mapped out eight wildflower trails in various Michigan habitats, plus the seasonal species of flowers that can be found there.
In total, "Michigan Wildflowers in Color" is a very helpful guide, especially when used in combination with a book like the Peterson "Field Guide to Wildflowers" where the drawings might serve as a confirmation or a backup to Lund's photographs. Leaves in particular are easier to identify through Peterson's drawings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michigan Wildflowers in Color Aug. 23 2002
By Marie Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
I have found this guide extremely helpful in identifying species found near our summer home in Michigan. It has excellent photographs, arranged by color, and a chart showing habitats, seasons, and growing conditions. There is a blank chart for entering your own finds. It is informative and user friendly. I would recommend it highly to both novice and experienced wildflower lovers.
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favorite Field Guides Aug. 10 2014
By ladyfingers - Published on Amazon.com
Field guides come and go at our house, but Michigan Wildflowers is our definitive source when fast and easy flower identification is needed. It's very organized, chock-full of information and uses color-coded flower photos as starting reference points. Every time I have tried to identify a Michigan (or Indiana, Ohio or Illinois) flower using this book, I have found my answer. Nearly 300 flowers are represented, as well as some shrubs, vines and weeds.

I love its easy format. Some guides put pictures in the front section of their books, but specific flower details are listed in back sections. That requires lots of page flipping. This book is different. Sections are still broken down by colors, but the right side of every page shows six very clear and colorful flower photos, making ID a very fast process. Opposite pages then supply specific flower details and information pertaining to those six flowers. How easy and convenient is that? Everything you want to know is all on the same page.

Besides identification, there is a "what, where, when" guide found in the beginning of the book, which breaks down every flower's seasons of bloom and general visibility rating. The author also includes flower habitats, which species are threatened or protected, a glossary, index and an observer's check list. The most current edition also includes quizzes and MI wildflower trails.

I have used this field guide for over twenty years, and still find it indispensable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Michigan Wildflowers June 16 2014
By Martha Waszak - Published on Amazon.com
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I own the first edition of this wildflower guide and was anxious to grt the updated version. An excellent resource because it features actual pictures of the specimens.
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative Book Oct. 4 2013
By Marianne Gregware - Published on Amazon.com
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I've enjoyed the book and have learned much from it. The pictures are great as well. I highly recommend to all who love MI wildflowers.
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