Before…, photo by Michael in A2

I hope that everyone is gearing up for an enjoyable Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for all of you who take the time to check out and share Michigan in Pictures every day, and I am hoping to be thankful this afternoon for the Lions beating the Packers … though I suppose many of you U.P. readers would be happy with a Green Bay victory.

In any case, Happy Thanksgiving , and if you want a happy memory, here’s a great post on the 1962 Thanksgiving Day Massacre where the Lions handed the Pack their only loss of the season.

Check this photo out background big and see more in Michael’s Personal Favorite Photographs slideshow.

More Thanksgiving on Michigan in  Pictures.


FARMERS MARKET Nov 2012-963, photo by RichardDemingPhotography

The story of Thanksgiving is one of our country’s oldest and best stories. At the heart of it is the sharing of the rich and diverse bounty of the land.

Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state, and here’s hoping that some of Michigan’s varied fruits, vegetables, meat and other local and tasty foods will make it to your table today and throughout the holiday season.

See this bigger and in Richard’s massive Farmer’s Markets 2012 slideshow.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

More Thanksgiving on Michigan in Pictures.

Pumpkin PIe
Pumpkin Pie, photo by PepOmint

I hope that everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday and I’m really thankful that so many of you share your photos and thoughts with me through Michigan in Pictures.

See this bigger in PepOmint’s slideshow and also check out Thanksgiving in the Absolute Michigan pool.

Mother Goose & Friends, photo by Eric Smith

The Michigan Picture Project had a great photo feature last year on America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (music & animated clown warning), held every year in Detroit that lifts the curtain with a stunning selection of HDR images of the floats in the warehouse. On Parade in Waiting they write:

The Thanksgiving Parade that fills Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit for several hours every year is actually an ongoing work in progress that has delighted spectators for decades. Detroit’s first Thanksgiving Parade in 1924 featured 10 floats inspired by nursery rhymes, including Mother Goose and The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, along with several marching bands. As the parade grew into a major event, new floats and characters joined those original figures, and all of these parade creations emerge from storage in huge warehouses to march again down Woodward Avenue.

Floats added in recent years celebrate Downtown Detroit, the Automobile Industry, and American Freedom. Many skilled hands collaborate to create each new float and every giant head that entertains the thousands of parade-watchers who line the route. During the weeks leading up to the parade, the floats and figures come out from warehouse storage, to be polished up in preparation for the big day. Photographer Eric Smith used a digital technique to convey the storybook magic of the parade characters as they wait to come to life.

Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade was produced by the J. L. Hudson Company from the parade’s beginning in 1924 until 30 years ago. The store’s Display Department created and cared for the floats and giant heads. In 1979, Hudson’s passed parade sponsorship and control to Detroit Renaissance, and in 1983 that responsibility went to the Michigan Parade Foundation. Since 1990, The Parade Company has managed the parade with enthusiastic help from thousands of volunteers and support from dozens of Detroit businesses and civic groups. 

Click here to see this and the other pictures bigger and see more of Eric’s work at Don’t miss the parade at 9:20 AM on Thanksgiving!

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Struttin’ 1 9935-09, photo by StacyN – MichiganMoments

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving if you celebrate it, and that if you don’t you get a chance to celebrate what you’re thankful for.

You can get a lot of has all kinds of Thanksgiving fun including our Totally Terrifying Turkey Trivia Test – check it out!

Stacy took this shot along the road near Ravenna, Michigan. Check it out in her Best Animal / Bird Images set (slideshow).


DSC_8102_2_2, photo by photosbyhpennington.

…is also America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The day was sunny and gorgeous and Heather got some great photos that you can view in her America’s Thanksgiving Parade 2008 set (slideshow). Check out more of her work at photos by heather pennington.

Enjoy the day – looks like another beauty!

Happy Thanksgiving, Michigan

November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends....

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends…., photo by smiles7.

smiles7 says she hopes your day is beautiful and blessed.

I can’t think of much to add except for a link to the Thanksgiving slideshow from the Absolute Michigan pool and hopes that at this time next year (and all through the years) we in Michigan have lots to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving, Michigan

November 23, 2006

Becky's New Art Medium

Becky’s New Art Medium, photo by dailyinvention.

Stefan says Becky actually constructed the apple out of dough herself. She’s a fairly talented illustrator and a great cook.

Indeed. I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope that the holiday finds you with family and friends and food and good cheer.

All of us involved in the Michigan in Pictures / Absolute Michigan project are truly thankful for all you wonderful folks who help us serve up a big Michigan feast by providing photos, thoughts and support to our efforts.

Over the River…

November 25, 2014

Wintry Seven Bridges

Wintry Seven Bridges, photo by Heather Higham

AAA Michigan reports that about 1.5 million Michiganders are heading over the river and through the woods for the Thanksgiving holiday. The good news is that gas prices are the lowest since 2009 – down 40 cents from last year. The bad news is another weather system that’s dropping freezing rain & snow, closing schools and

View Heather’s photo bigger and see more in her Rivers slideshow. She took the photo at the Seven Bridges Natural Area near Kalkaska.

There’s more rivers and more bridges on Michigan in Pictures.


New Cat on Buck, photo by Crystal Mountain Resort

While the blizzardy blowing going on this morning in northern Michigan and the U.P. isn’t the best for “over the rivering”, it is ensuring that Many of Michigan’s ski resorts get to enjoy their earliest opening date in tears with plenty of white gold!

If you’re looking to check out Michigan’s ski scene, head over to from the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association. They have updates from Michigan ski resorts on snow conditions & planned opening dates. Their Discover Michigan Skiing program will give you a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass at 23 Michigan ski facilities! It’s available through January 31 and costs just $20 for cross-country skiing, $30 for downhill skiing and $40 for snowboarding. While you’re there, check Cold Is Cool – a promotion that gives every Michigan 4th Grader FREE skiing at participating Michigan resorts.

This photo from yesterday (Nov 26, 2013) shows Crystal Mountain’s new PistenBully Winch Cat roaring up the ski hill “Buck” – they open for skiing and riding Thanksgiving Day! Stay up to date with their ski & snow report.

More Michigan skiing on Michigan in Pictures!


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