Virginia cowslip is very rare in Michigan. It's been a lot of fun finding it. Back around 1980 a botanist from upstate told me he had seen it in Lenawee, where the River Raisin loops over M-52. I soon figured out that there was no such place. After a few years of searching various crossings and loops, I found a few plants where the river crosses a local road. Eventually, in 1988, I checked out a spot where a creek loops around another highway. There were a few plants. Then upstream a mile from that site, I finally found the mother load. These images are from that spot. After that, the population dwindled because of the owner's grandson's dirt bike. But there is a new owner, and Virginia bluebells are very happy and on the march, as you can see here.
Anything cow has a new cachet for me, now that I've seen my granddaughter on stage in a cow chorus line. What a moment!