A Flower for All Seasons
That flower--the flower in our photograph--is always in bloom because the hand of man has fabricated it of strong powder-coated steel with sturdy fabric petals. While the yellow petals will not last forever--they have an eight- to ten-year life span--the fabric is replaceable, and there is no reason why the flower should not, with its petals refreshed occasionally, bloom forever.
The twenty-foot-tall flower, and an equally enormous butterfly, stand in the playground at County Farm Park, located at 2230 Platt Road. While one side of the park borders on Washtenaw Ave., the main entrance and parking lot are actually on Platt, across the street from the rear parking lot of Arbor Hills Shopping Center. There is a map and other park information on a county website: parks.ewashtenaw.org.
Despite their size, the full visual impact did not register at first sight when one of us, camera clutched in hand, hurried along the park trail, mind focused elsewhere, glancing at but not really registering objects so large that they dwarf their surroundings. Another trip was required to photograph the flower; the image was created by standing directly beneath it and pointing the camera up in an effort to capture the floral essence of the mighty steel-and-fabric plant. We wore bemused smiles for the rest of the day.