Cheers to the New Year

December 31, 2007

Cheers to a great day

Cheers to a great day, photo by Kathy~.

Kathy took this photo this summer, but it seems appropriate as the sun sets on another year. If you click her photo, you can see the link to her incredible photo of the Town of Monterosso al mare, Italy in a wine glass!

Two years ago Michigan in Pictures was brand new, and I’m continually astonished by what it has become. I’d like to thank all the photographers who have let me share their pictures and helped to brighten my mornings as I travel around Michigan through their photos. I’d also like to thank everyone who visits – especially those to take time to share a story or word of praise.

In my admittedly biased opinion, this web site is one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of. I know that it’s due to all of you great people who share a love for this wonderful state.

I hope you all have a fun and safe evening tonight! (if you’re wondering what to do tonight – check out the New Years Eve event listing from Absolute Michigan.

Norrie Park Road

December 29, 2007

Norrie Park Road

Norrie Park Road, photo by siskokid.

With what a mess yesterday’s snow made of the lower parts of the state, I thought maybe an appropriate antidote would be a shot from near Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula, where heaping mountains of snow are simply expected.

Jim says that in many ways, winter is his favorite part of year. He has more photos of the season in his Winter photos set (slideshow).

I hope you get a chance to have a little fun in the snow this weekend!

Winter sparkles

December 28, 2007

Untitled, photo by jenny murray.

Jenny writes that beautiful, frosty mornings when everything sparkles in the winter are a reason she couldn’t ever live in a warm state.

Phototherapy Department at the Battle Creek Sanitarium

Phototherapy Department at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, courtesy Willard Library

The Willard Library has an amazing collection of photos from the Battle Creek’s history. Prominent among these are of course photos from the Battle Creek Sanitarium. The Battle Creek Sanitarium Years from the Battle Creek Federal Center is a good companion article and explains:

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943) took charge of the Institute for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1876 and changed the name to the Battle Creek Sanitarium. He came up with the word “sanitarium” to reflect his idea of a sanitary retreat for health restoration and training (“a place where people learn to stay well”) rather than “sanitorium,” which meant a hospital for invalids or for treatment of tuberculosis. The San, as the place was familiarly known, prospered under Dr. Kellogg’s direction…

Dr. Kellogg’s medical treatment embraced all branches of medicine, including surgery, but with emphasis on fresh air, sunshine, exercise, rest and diet. The SDA dietary practices eliminated meats, condiments, spices, alcohol, chocolate, coffee and tea. Nutritious substitutes were created for “harmful” foods. Dr. Kellogg invented some 80 grain and nut products.

Somewhere amidst all of this, flaked cereal was invented and John’s brother William Keith Kellogg and C.W. Post began a breakfast bowl battle that basically created the breakfast cereal industry. There’s much more at the link above (including some more great photos) and you can also see Wikipedia’s entry on the Battle Creek Sanitarium, the entry on John Harvey Kellogg from the Battle Creek Historical Society and Mr. Breakfast’s Early Days of Breakfast Cereal.

Wonderland at Camp Miniwanca

December 26, 2007


Wonderland, photo by SpringChick.

SpringChick (Deb) says that she works at Camp Miniwanca, located on Lake Michigan and also on Stony Lake near Shelby, MI. She has a great set of photos from Miniwanca (slideshow) and you can learn more about the camp at the American Youth Foundation’s Miniwanca pages.

Happy Merry Joyous

December 25, 2007


Wreath, photo by rckrawczykjr.

I suspect that it doesn’t matter as much what we celebrate as how.

May your time be spent with those you love in happiness, health and bounty.

Into the Sun

December 24, 2007

Into the Sun by J.E.T.

Into the Sun, photo by J.E.T.

If you’re looking to capture a little of the magic and fun of being young and outside in Michigan, I can’t think of a better place to start than with Jessie’s photos of snow (slideshow).

Here’s hoping you get to spend a little quality time this week with the ones you love and several billion snowflakes.

first impressions

first impressions, photo by powerbooktrance.

This photo that Terry took of Grand Rapids last night was one of the first I saw this morning.

There’s a lot of people who are featured on Michigan in Pictures who really could have their own photo blog. Because this blog is all about views from everywhere in Michigan, I try to make sure that I don’t feature photos from my favorite photographers too often. That said, I do want to make sure that readers see their work, so I was stunned to find that I’d apparently never posted one of Terry’s photos here.

You can see more of his great long exposures of Grand Rapids and elsewhere (slideshow) including one of my favorites: Moon Patrol.

The Christmas Tree Ships

December 21, 2007


Above is a portrait of Elsie Schuenemann at the wheel of the Christmas Ship, near the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. The boat carried Christmas trees to Chicago from Michigan. Her father, Captain H. Schuenemann, died when the Rouse Simmons, a ship carrying Christmas trees, sank in 1912.

The trees behind her likely came from the woods of Escanaba. Though the story of Barbara Schuenemann and her three daughters carrying on the tradition of the Christmas Tree Ships has perhaps been a little over-romanticized, there can be little doubt that the Schuenemann family and the many others who participated in the difficult trade of hauling Christmas trees south as the storms of winter closed in were heroes cut from a cloth that isn’t found too often today.

If you’d like to read more about all the Christmas tree ships (there were many more than just the famous Rouse Simmons) I recommend Christmas Tree Ships from Fred Neuschel. He has also written a book called Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships (available from UM Press). The National Archive also has The Christmas Tree Ship: Captain Herman E. Schuenemann and the Schooner Rouse Simmons that details the Schuenemann’s story.

You can also see Rich Evenhouse’s cool videos of diving the Rouse Simmons.

November 7-8, 2004 Aurora Borealis by Brian & Shawn Malone

November 7-8, 2004 Aurora Borealis, photo by Brian & Shawn Malone

This photo is one of many taken by Upper Peninsula photographers Brian & Shawn Malone of from the fantastic Northern Lights displays of November 2004 and other years. They have a ton more from all kinds of U.P. places and events that you can view and purchase if you’re so inclined.

The source of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) has long been a beautiful mystery. Last week, however, CNN featured an article on the possible discovery of the energy source for the Northern Lights.

New data from NASA’s Themis mission, a quintet of satellites launched this winter, found the energy comes from a stream of charged particles from the sun flowing like a current through twisted bundles of magnetic fields connecting Earth’s upper atmosphere to the sun.

The energy is then abruptly released in the form of a shimmering display of lights…

You can get more in the article above or head over to NASA’s THEMIS mission for all the crunchy details including some multimedia (which in turn includes the THEMIS Mission Trailer – guaranteed to get your inner geek jumping!). Also see the THEMIS video & image gallery at the University of California – Berkley. Themis was the Greek goddess of justice (aka “the blindfold lady”) and the daughter of sky god Uranus and earth goddess Gaia.


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