Elmo’s Tower

September 19, 2014

Elmo's Tower

Elmo’s Tower, photo by David Clark

The things I learn about through Michigan in Pictures! About Elmo’s Tower on the Keweenaw Peninsula David writes:

I was amazed to find that I’ve never posted a photo of Elmo’s Tower. This tower was built — by hand! — by the late Elmo Negro, at a beautiful rock outcrop along the Cliffs. It’s just above the Phoenix mine, and overlooks the Eagle River gap. The tower has no function other than to be a pleasant place to enjoy a day (and have a barbecue).

More about Elmo (who was apparently a great dancer too) at Pasty Central.

View David’s photo background bigtacular and see more in his Summer slideshow.

The U.P. stand-off

The U.P. stand-off, photo by Ann Fisher

The Detroit Lions host the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at Ford Field for the first of two divisional meetings. Wikipedia notes that the longest continuously-running NFL rivalry is the Lions vs Packers. They first met in 1930 when the Lions were known as the Portsmouth Spartans (they were based in Portsmouth, Ohio until they moved to Detroit in 1934 season). They’ve been division rivals since 1933 and have always met at least twice a season since 1932, without any cancelled games.

As Ann notes, that rivalry is no contest in Marquette. Thought it may be in Michigan, the U.P. is Packers territory.

View her photo of lawn geese all dressed up for the season background big and see more in her 2014 U.P. slideshow.

Lots more Detroit Lions on Michigan in Pictures.

Michigan Central Station, Detroit, MI 2013

Michigan Central Station, Detroit, MI 2013, photo by brian

The Lansing State Journal reports on Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun’s plan for an $80-million makeover of Michigan Central Station:

Michigan Central Station, a well-known symbol of Detroit’s decay, is expected to get $80 million in renovations over the next three years, according to a top aide to depot owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun. The revelation was made by Moroun associate Dan Stamper as he went before the Detroit City Council last week to discuss alternative plans to the city selling land needed for a new bridge to Canada.

…At Tuesday’s council meeting, Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins said she was happy to see Moroun’s associate promise to help that community.

“There is one building that you all have not demolished,” Jenkins said of the depot. “Whenever they show the demise of Detroit there are two buildings they always show — one is the Packard Plant, the other is the train station.”

“We are going to renovate the train depot,” Stamper replied. “It’s probably another three years to secure the building watertight.”

…Jenkins didn’t seem impressed with Stamper’s description of plans to renovate the train station.

“That’s a pledge that I’ve heard multiple times,” Jenkins said.

So the short answer: don’t hold your breath. Read on at the LSJ for more.

Brian shot this photo of MCS last September and suggests John Coltrane’s In a Sentimental Mood as the soundtrack. Put it on as you view the photo bigger or enjoy his b&w: land and city slideshow.

Lots more photos of Michigan Central Station on Michigan in Pictures.

Catfish

Catfish, photo by Robert Bradley

ArtPrize returns to Grand Rapids for its 5th year next Wednesday and runs September 24 – October 12th. The 19 day event turns downtown Grand Rapids into a free & open art competition for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. While you can certainly debate the merits of ArtPrize and the art displayed, there’s no question that this is one of the most engaging and immersive art events in the country.

You can check out the 2014 entries right here, look back through the years on their History page, and also see a video from 2013 that captures some on the flavor and fun. The only way to really experience it is to go, something that I heartily recommend!!

This is part of Kevin Sudeith’s Contemporary Petroglyphs installation along the Grand River.

View Robert’s photo background bigtacular and see more in his ArtPrize 2014 slideshow (which I expect will grow in the weeks to come).

Lots more ArtPrize on Michigan in Pictures!

Chippewa Harbor Isle Royale

Morning coffee at Chippewa Harbor, photo by Brent West

Hard to imagine a more beautiful spot to enjoy your morning joe than Chippewa Harbor at Isle Royale National Park.

You can view Brent’s photo bigger and click for a couple more of his Isle Royale shots.

Lots more from Isle Royale on Michigan in Pictures.

The Sanilac Petroglyphs

September 13, 2014

Sanilac Petroglyphs

Sanilac Petroglyphs, photo by Leon Baker

M. Rebekah Otto of Atlas Obscura has an article about the Sanilac Petroglyphs:

The drawings were carved into the sandstone in Sanilac County but remained hidden by dense forests until the devastating fire exposed them.

The glyphs are carved into a large rock on the ground that is forty feet long and fifteen feet wide. Carved between 300 and 1,000 years ago, the drawings were likely made by the Hopewell or Chippewa Indians. They depict flying birds, other animals, and a man with a bow and arrow – lasting testaments to a former way of life.

Archaeologists have not determined the purpose or use of the drawings, though some have speculated that they were a destination for vision quests, as the rock is isolated near the fork in river. Shaman and holy men may have used the rock as a record of their visions, depicting animals that came to them in dreams.

Today the site is often closed to the public because the soft sandstone erodes easily and the figures are slowly fading away. Call the Sanilac Petroglyphs State Historic Park to get access before visiting.

Read on for more, visit the Sanilac Petroglyph State Historic Park website at the State of Michigan, and also check out this 2011 Detroit News article about the difficulty of preserving this unique bit of Michigan history.

Leon writes that the holes are from stolen petroglyphs. View his photo bigger and see more in his slideshow.

Lake Superior Wave Explosion

September 12, 2014

Lake Superior Wave Explosion

Lake Superior Wave Explosion, photo by Michigan Nature Photos

“These are not lakes. These are the world’s 8th seas, and her bottom is littered with the wreckage of over six thousand ships.”
~Rick Jones from Three Sisters by Song of the Lakes

It’s wave week on Michigan in Pictures!

Greg shot this on the evening of September 10th at Black Rocks near Marquette, MI. View it bigger, check out his Lake Superior Storms gallery and follow Michigan Nature Photos on Facebook.

Greg also has a video of these waves, some topping 15 feet, and you can venture further out in the Big Lake with this video of a freighter on Lake Superior from the Sep 10th as well.

 

 

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