While the colorful tulips of Spring lost their petals weeks ago, the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) is blooming now. This tree isn't really a poplar; it's a member of the magnolia family. Southern Michigan is at the northern edge of this tree's distribution. Michigan's state champion tulip poplar is located in nearby Cass County's Russ Forest Park.
I teach economics at Kalamazoo College. My wife is also an economist. We were on sabbatical in Europe for the 2014-15 academic year. (Salamanca, Spain, followed by Oxford, UK.) We were in Uruguay for the 2006-7 academic year.