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Tom and Julie Sovereign of St. Johns were exploring the back roads of Northport, Michigan during a May mini-vacation to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

“I heard my wife gasp,” Sovereign said. “We were looking for cherry blossoms, but she had spotted this beautiful woods with trilliums as far as the eye could see!

“I took some pics in the early morning sun. An awesome site!”

His photo “A Trillion Trilliums” has been named one of the last four finalists in The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest under the Woods and Wildlife theme. The other finalists are:

  • “Country Road,” by Frances Smith of Macomb. Smith and her husband rented a cabin in Powell Township near Marquette and traveled along County Road KB in mid-afternoon. “The inspiration behind my photograph was to illustrate the pure beauty of a quiet, tree-lined country road,” she said.
  • “Two Ducks Sitting on a Log,” by Rex Mayette of Metamora. They’re clearly a couple, these two, spotted by Mayette on a recent walk through the Polly Ann Trail in Leonard in Oakland County.
  • “Wasp and the Nest,” by Mukesh Nyati of Ypsilanti.  When yellow jackets built a nest at the corner of his garage, Nyati used a micro lens to capture “nature’s remarkable engineers” at work.

Next Wednesday, The Detroit News photo staff will announce the Woods and Wildlife winner, chosen from among the 16 finalists. You can help to choose the People’s Choice winner by casting your vote at before Monday, July 30.

Both winners will receive a $300 Visa gift card as their prize.

Meanwhile, Theme 3 of the photo contest, Four-Season Fun, is underway.  Study the official rules and upload your photos at through Aug. 17.  At the close of the summer contest on Aug. 29, three more photos will be chosen from among all of the finalists to receive Awards of Excellence, earning $100 Visa cards.

The contest is open to non-professional photographers age 18 and older. All photos must have been shot in Michigan by the person submitting them, with no significant alteration by a software program.

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