Happy Halloween 2014!

October 31, 2014

Rochester Hills Stonewall Pumpkin Festival @ Van Hoosen Farm

Rochester Hills Stonewall Pumpkin Festival @ Van Hoosen Farm, photo by Mike

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
~Author Unknown

I’d like to wish all of you a happy & safe Halloween. Watch out for those little ghosts & goblins as you’re out and about, and here’s hoping that you get to feel some of the magic of pretend tonight!

View Mike’s photo bigger and see more in his Rochester Hills Stonewall Pumpkin Festival 2014 slideshow. Also be sure to follow Mike at StormchaserMike Photography on Facebook!

More Halloween through the years from Michigan in Pictures.


Detroit trolley 1980
Detroit trolley 1980, photo by creed_400

FOX News Detroit reports that the city of Detroit will be auctioning off hundreds of municipal vehicles on November 5th to raise money for the city:

“This is an opportunity to put out to the general public some high quality equipment and property we are hoping will generate some cash will go back to the departments and help buy equipment to serve the city of Detroit,” said Gary Brown, chief of staff.

The auction will begin on Nov. 5 and run for two days in a webcast/onsite public auction.

According to published reports there will be more than 450 vehicles including 115 automated side load garbage trucks, 79 transit buses and historic trolley cars. Also available will be 41 truck-mounted snow plows and 130 public lighting service vehicles.

Read on for more and note the picture of the trolleys – pretty sure this is one of them. I guess that’s one of the advantages of having 200,000+ photos available to choose from!! Here’s the full info from the City with links to the online auction site and information about the vehicles being auctioned.

View creed’s photo background big and see lots more in his Grandpa Molt’s slides slideshow.

More #TBT on Michigan in Pictures!

memorial falls
memorial falls, photo by Aaron Strouse

GoWaterfalling.com is the go-to source for information about Michigan’s waterfalls. Their page on MNA Memorial Falls says (in part):

MNA Memorial Falls is in Munising, off of H-58. Some of the locals refer to this waterfalls as “Twin Falls”. This is a very seasonal waterfall and is often dry. However when the water is flowing, which may only be after a good rain or when the snow is melting, you will be treated to a very pretty gorge with two waterfalls in it. MNA Memorial Falls is owned by the Michigan Nature Association and it is open to the public.

To visit the falls from Munising, head east on H-58 and turn right on Nestor street. There is a sign that says “MNA Memorial Falls” on the right. Park here and follow the trail. The trail will take you to the top of the falls. There is a small wooden bridge that crosses the creek just above the falls. The trail continues downstream along the top of the gorge and then works its way back to the base of the falls. It is at most a 10 minute walk.

Two streams empty into this gorge, but the second one likely only has water after or during a good rain. One very interesting feature of this gorge is a “window” in the walls between the two falls. You can crawl through this window, or just walk around it. You can see each of the waterfalls through this window.

Read on for lots more including driving directions and information about nearby falls to visit including Tannery Falls. You can also learn more about the Michigan Nature Association and their preserves at michigannature.org.

View Aaron’s photo bigger and see more great shots in his awesome Michigan waterfalls slideshow.

Many more Michigan waterfalls on Michigan in Pictures!

Coming Home

October 28, 2014

Coming Home

Coming Home, photo by David Frey

David got a great shot of the SS Badger car ferry arriving in Ludington on its last crossing of Lake Michigan for the 2014 season.

View his photo background bigtacular and see more of his Ludington photos right here.

More SS Badger pics on Michigan in Pictures!


Seeking Ash Survivors

October 27, 2014

Tall Tall Tree

Tall Tall Tree, photo by Heather Higham

The Freep reports that the search is on for survivor ash trees in Ohio & southeastern Michigan:

Researchers studying a tree-killing beetle are asking residents in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan to help them with a scavenger hunt of sorts.

Scientists think there are few ash trees in the wild that have been able to withstand the emerald ash borer and are hoping that they could provide some clues about how they were able to fend off the destructive beetle.

“They just want to understand the mechanism,” said Jane Hodgins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Minnesota.

Researchers decided to focus on looking for these “survivor” trees in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan, because that’s where the ash borer first took hold in the United States, The Blade reported.

The beetle is native to Asia and arrived in the U.S. around more than a dozen years ago. It has since killed about 50 million ash trees in the Upper Midwest.

Some homeowners have been able to save their ash trees by treating them with insecticides, but the scientists are looking for trees that have survived on their own.

Read on for more.

View Heather’s photo bigger and see more in her Fall slideshow.

Please Note: I can’t see the leaves here so these trees that I think are ash might not be – looks awesome though! Also, if you think you just saw a photo from Heather here, way to pay attention!!

More trees on Michigan in Pictures.

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, photo by Bill Dolak

This pic reminded me of an article I read a couple weeks ago in the Detroit News on the economic impact of bicycles in Michigan:

Bicycling pumps an estimated $668 million per year into Michigan’s economy, according to a recent report from the Michigan Department of Transportation. That figure factors in the nearly 800 people employed in bicycle-related jobs, along with retail revenue, tourism expenses, lower health care costs and a boost in productivity.

The study, “Community and Economic Benefits of Bicycling in Michigan,” put the spotlight on five communities to gauge how the sport affects their bottom line.

Michigan’s second-largest city, Grand Rapids, benefited most from cycling. It earned $39.1 million, nearly double the $20.7 million Detroit brings in. Ann Arbor easily grabbed second place with a $25.4 million boost.

…Grand Rapids began adding bike lanes on city streets in 2010 and now has 55 miles of bike lanes with more planned. It has a cycle track, hundreds of bike racks and an extensive trail network in the suburbs, said Suzanne Schulz, Grand Rapids’ managing director of design, development and community engagement.

“We are really trying to take a more holistic view of transportation infrastructure for the entire community because a lot of people don’t have cars,” Schulz said.

Read on for more or dig into the full study from MDOT.

Bill took this shot on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. View it background bigtacular and see more in his Michigan: Kalamazoo County slideshow.

More bikes and bicycles and more fall wallpaper on Michigan in Pictures!

Solar Eclipse - October 23, 2014

Solar Eclipse – October 23, 2014, photo by David Marvin

Although the clouds didn’t want to cooperate, David got a few shots of yesterday’s solar eclipse. See this one background big and click to his slideshow for more.

More eclipse photos on Michigan in Pictures. And speaking of eclipses, check out this awesome time lapse of the October 8 Blood Moon eclipse by Central Michigan University astronomy prof Axel Mellinger!


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