Last year I wrote briefly about this wondrous moment in Detroit, when the bulbs and flowering trees and bushes planted decades ago by people who have left the city come into full bloom. . .

This year a cop car pulled up next to me while I was taking these pictures; they were pretty sure I was in the neighborhood to buy drugs, and were very interested in the plastic bag peeking out of my pocket (until I showed them it was the empty bag every conscientious dog owner brings with him in case his dog poops). They looked at me like I was crazy (with the amount of trash strewn about the neighborhood, who picks up dog shit?). When I explained I was in the neighborhood to take pictures of flowers and plants blooming even after the people left, the explanation was so preposterously lame they drove away shaking their heads.

All photos Copyright James D. Griffioen 2010.


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