2006_01_20icebt042, photo by gretchdorian.

Gretchen Dorian has a great set of photos from a day of DN ice boating at Indian Lake State Park near Manistique. – makes a great slideshow!

Michigan has a long history of iceboating. The Detroit News’ excellent Rearview Mirror series includes Sailing on Lake St. Clair’s icy winter winds. They write that ice boating or ice yachting began over 4000 years ago in Northern Europe and was a source of entertainment in Michigan lumber camps. DN IceboatThe article also relates what the “DN” you see on so many ice boat sails stands for:

During the winter of 1936-37, in the sawdust covered hobby shop of the Detroit News, master craftsman Archie Arroll along with ice boaters Joseph Lodge and Norman Jarrait designed a racing ice boat they called the Blue Streak 60. Later the craft would come to be called the DN 60, the DN standing for the Detroit News, and the 60 referring to the size of the sail. Howard Boston, whose family remains in the sailing business, helped construct the first sails. (Doyle Boston Sailmakers of Holland)

Ice Boating Timeline reminds us not to forget about the other side of the state and Gull Lake and (as usual) Wikipedia can tell you more about iceboats & iceboating.

Update: I was just sent a nice video featuring Jack Jacobs (owner of Magic) talking about ice boating.

Hank Greenberg and unidentified teammate, spring training 1936

Hank Greenberg and unidentified teammate, spring training 1936*

The above photo is one of many in Play Ball: The Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, an online exhibit of photos from the Dan Sanborn Photo Collection at the City of Lakeland Public Library (they say “be sure to stop by if you’re in Lakeland!”)

The Tigers score!The Detroit Tigers and Lakeland, Florida have had a longer continuous relationship than any other major league baseball team and its spring training home … As the Tigers were moving their spring training headquarters to Lakeland, Dan Sanborn was beginning his career with The Ledger

Over the next seven years, Sanborn brought his camera to Henley Field every spring and captured on film the Tiger teams of Mickey Cochrane, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Tommy Bridges, Barney McCosky, and Schoolboy Rowe as they got in to shape for the American League season. (he returned in the 50s to shoot Harvey Kuenn, Hal Newhouser and others)

Sanborn’s photos of the Tigers evoke memories of a simpler time for baseball before television and big contracts, a time when fans really believed every team had an equal chance to get to the World Series and the cry of “Play Ball!” was still louder than that of “Wait ’till next year.”

Turn on to a tremendous ton of Tiger training tales at Absolute Michigan.

* The Library would love it if some Tiger scholar could identify the ball player with Greenberg.


February 15, 2007


skyed, photo by UrbanTiki.

After a too-long hiatus, we will finally be profiling another Michigan photographer: Bobby Alcott aka “UrbanTiki”, a Detroit photographer. We’ll be asking Bobby some questions next week (Monday through Wednesday) and we’d also like to ask you to give us some questions. Just post a comment below or e-mail your question to us.

You can see more work by Bobby at his Flickr page and also at Bobby Alcott Photography. Check out our past profiles of Matt Callow and Marjorie O’Brien on the Michigan Photographers profile page.

UPDATE: Too-long sadly became just a little bit longer as Bobby and others have had the unfortunate loss of a friend. We’ll be doing Bobby’s profile next Monday – Wednesday (Feb 26-28) and our condolences go out to all the friends and family of  Jeffrey Colby.

Duckie Love

Duckie Love, photo by suesue2.

This was the first picture that I saw this morning. Then I went wandering around for an hour or so looking for a picture that would somehow capture the essence of Valentines Day as it relates to Michigan.

Then I looked again and realized that all it is really about is having and showing a little more love, whenever and wherever possible.

Happy Valentines Day, Michigan!

I-96 Overpass, Southfield Freeway, Michigan

I-96 Overpass, Southfield Freeway, Michigan, photo by buckeye616.

I guess if you only have the eyes to see it, anything can be beautiful.

Untitled, photo by jenny murray.

Jenny writes: Of the many delightful things at ‘Found’ in Kerrytown, my favorite by far is this bowl of old typewriter keys. I could’ve taken hundreds of shots of this bowl… Oh wait, I did. It’s true, she did.

You can learn more about FOUND (and Kerrytown in Ann Arbor) at the Found Gallery web page at Kerrytown.

…and speaking of “found” (and Ann Arbor), Ann Arbor-based Found Magazine offers a wealth of found fun. In addition to the magazine, they also have books and post daily finds from all over the world. Here’s a found photo of a Detroit Couple.

Better than TV

February 10, 2007

Better than TV #7

Better than TV #7, photo by norjam8.

Norm writes: The next in my lone bench series. If you look closely, you can see the snow blowing across the frozen lake. And yes, it was very cold. This was handheld, so It does have some slight hdr alignment issues. Oh well. When it’s warmer, I’ll take the time to pull out my tripod.

This is the latest photo in Norm’s cool set of HDR photos titled Better than TV.

Vintage bridge

Vintage bridge, photo by pnygirl1.

BJ writes Playing around with some techniques – liked how this effect captured the old wooden bridge…like it was captured back in time. She has more views of this and other bridges (and a ton more photos).

The Michigan Historical Markers page on the Fallasburg Bridge (includes map) has the text of the marker:

John W. and Silas S. Fallas settled here in 1837, founded a village which soon boasted a chair factory, sawmill, and gristmill. About 1840 the first of several wooden bridges was placed across the Flat River, but all succumbed in a short time to high water and massive spring ice jams. Bridge builder Jared N. Bresee of Ada was given a contract in 1871 to build the present structure. Constructed at a cost of $1500, the bridge has lattice work trusses made of white pine timbers. As in all covered bridges, the roof and siding serve to protect the bridge timbers from rot. Repairs in 1905 and 1945 have kept the bridge safe for traffic for one hundred years.

You can learn a bunch more about the bridge from Michael Frazier’s Covered Bridges of Michigan, get a surprising amount of information and links from Wikipedia’s entry on the Fallasburg Bridge and get details on Fallasburg Park from Kent County Parks.

Encrusted Lighthouse

Encrusted Lighthouse, photo by taterfalls.

The bitter cold has frozen Lake Michigan and allowed Tate King to grab this awesome view of the light at Grand Haven. You have to check this one out bigger!

Here’s a post with another view & more information about the Grand Haven Lighthouse.

Diego Rivera With Patrons

February 7, 2007

Diego Rivera With Patrons

Diego Rivera With Patrons, photo by anikarenina.

anikarenina asks Is your cultural institution incendiary?

I assume that’s a reference to the incendiary art of Diego Rivera. The Detroit Institute of Arts is home to one of the most famous collection of Diego Rivera murals. The Diego Rivera Web Museum writes that:

Diego Rivera’s legacy to modern mexican art was decisive in murals and canvas; he was a revolutionary painter looking to take art to the big public, to streets and buildings, managing a precise, direct, and realist style, full of social content.


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