January 23, 2014
Yesterday the Michigan in Pictures Facebook page blasted past 5000 fans, an occasion that just one photo didn’t seem enough to mark. I am so grateful to everyone who’s become a fan of Michigan in Pictures on Facebook or here at the blog. It means a lot to me that people share my love of the great state of Michigan. Thank you!
The photos left to right are…
5 Spot by Matt Burrows - Matt has been featured several times on Michigan in Pictures and is the first person that I know who really embraced iPhone photography. He says that it’s part of an “Enter” sign at 5/3 Bank in Grand Rapids and taken with an iPhone 3GS (CrossProcess app).
The Heart of Detroit by Maia C - Maia was one of the first 100 people to join the Absolute Michigan pool on Flickr. With 3400 members and nearly 200,000 photos, it’s still going strong! And yes, she has a couple of photos on Michigan in Pictures too! About this photo of the Point of Origin she writes: This compass in Campus Martius Park marks the base point for the survey that began the rebuilding of Detroit after a devastating fire in 1805. The glass center covers a granite pillar that was buried at this spot around 1820 to mark the “point of origin” for the new street grid. The Point of Origin is a few minutes’ walk north of Detroit’s riverfront.
Howl at the Full Moon by Kevin’s Stuff - Kevin is our Man of the Moon (and a little Northern Lights). Fittingly, the photo above is of the January full moon. He writes: The Full Moon of January is called the Full Wolf Moon. Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. It was also known as the Old Moon or the moon after Yule. In some tribes this was the Full Snow Moon; most applied that name to the next moon.
Circles in the snow by vostok71 - In January of 2008 Sergei wrote: Leaf got trapped during the last night ice storm. He has a few photos on Michigan in Pictures including the biggest apple grown in Michigan!
Click them all to see them bigger!!
December 30, 2013
I started Michigan in Pictures on December 30, 2005. In the 8 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve posted 2,494 photos of and from the Great Lakes State.
This is far and away my favorite web project of all time, because every week I learn new things about the people, places, history and natural world of the state that is my home. I’m so grateful to the photographers who have shared and continue to share their photos with me and an audience who keeps showing up for more of Michigan.
View Laura’s photo on Flickr and in her slideshow. You can also click for more photos from her along with some actual caterpillars!
December 29, 2012
On December 30, 2005 I posted A Pond in Bald Mountain, the first photo on Michigan in Pictures. Seven years and 2,187 photos later it’s still going strong.
Thanks to all of you for giving me a reason to do this every day!
More posts about michpics!
May 11, 2012
The Absolute Michigan pool on Flickr reached a major milestone that we almost missed: the 150,000th photo was added to the group by Christine aka LadyDragonflyCC!! The 100,000th photo was added 2 years ago. At that time there were about 2400 people in our group which has now grown to almost 3200 people. The group was started way back in August of 2005 and you can go back to the beginning right here.
March 26, 2012
Michigan in Pictures is taking a Spring Break. See you at the beginning of April!
Since Florida came to me last week, I don’t feel the need to get away to someplace warm. I do feel the need to have a break, so I and the staff of Absolute Michigan are going to take one (of sorts) for the last week of March. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, here’s hoping you’re getting out there and enjoying what Michigan or the place you are* has to offer.
* but really Michigan. If you’re “stuck” at home for spring break, don’t forget that we have this amazingly incredible state that where unmatched natural beauty and world-class cultural resources are just hours away,
November 8, 2011
I posted this photo to the Michigan in Pictures Facebook yesterday with the comment “It’s not all sunsets and lighthouses. ;)” A reader thought it a little strange and wondered “why not show a live one?”
That’s a good question for which I have a few answers.
One is that Michigan in Pictures has a number of posts about owls including a snowy owl on the roof, Northern Saw Whet Owl (and an owl house you can build for one), the Evening Owl, Marsh Owl, Short-eared owl and a live version of this owl, the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) aka tiger owl or cat owl.
A second reason is that while I am a huge fan of Pure Michigan and the gorgeous photography they share, I’m also a big fan of the strange and wonderful bits of history you can find all over the state in our quirky little museums, second hand stores, attics, basements and (of course) garage sales. When I see a photo like this I wonder how the owl got there. Was it purchased at the Call of the Wild museum in Gaylord or did it simply die of old age?
The final reason is that the experience of Michigan and Michigan in Pictures is (for me at least) one of discovery. I delight in odd finds like the Big Boy Graveyard, old slumpy in Detroit, Lake Michigan’s “Stonehenge” and the crazy things that I find in the Library of Congress and that people like the folks at FOUND magazine in Ann Arbor and daveraoul find in the corners of reality that we often miss.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments…
January 15, 2011
Every week in my Leelanau.com email newsletter I feature something from Michigan in Pictures. This week, I found the choice impossible, so sent all 7. Mouse over, check a few out – it will probably be clear why Michigan in Pictures is my favorite thing to work on…
About this photo Brian writes:
Polarized filters used when photographing the sky make me think of the outer atmosphere. It’s the deep darkness. I love it and I want to get lost in photographing scenes like this. The sky just needs to clear up a little bit for that to happen. Come on Sun!
Lots more Michigan wallpaper for your background bemusement.
December 30, 2010
Good morning, Michigan in Pictures faithful, and I hope you’re getting a little break as 2010 winds to a close.
Five years ago post #001 on Michigan in Pictures was A Pond on Bald Mountain. Since then, I find that I have learned a staggering amount of the lore and lands of this amazing state I call home.
The really cool thing is that I already have ideas of many more topics to explore.
And the really, really cool thing is that lots of the posts on Michigan in Pictures are a result of a story from one Michigan’s talented storytellers or of looking at a photo and wondering about the story behind it.
And the really, really (really) cool thing is that there’s all of you out there. So many of you have stories, observations and photos about the photos and the stories that appear on Michigan in Pictures. Some of you share them in the comments. I’d encourage more of you to do the same. Thanks for being a part of Michigan in Pictures.
Check Matt’s photo out bigger and in his diana set. There’s lot’s of great photos and thoughts on photography from Matt Callow on Michigan in Pictures including a three part interview with him. For a real treat, check out his Flickriver.
December 30, 2009
Michigan in Pictures turns four today.
When I started this blog on December 30, 2005, I had no idea that it would be so warmly received and enjoy such success.
I also had no idea that I would love it so much.
I’d like to thank all the photographers and everyone who’s been involved over the years for being so supportive of Michigan in Pictures.
You all rock. Thanks.
February 21, 2009
One of the happiest parts of my life is that I get to spend some time every day looking at photos about Michigan from some amazing photographers and then learning about the subjects of the photographs and often times the people behind the lens. I’m very grateful for all that the photographers and readers contribute to make Michigan in Pictures what it is. Thanks!
The random background of the day on my computer is this photo from Andy’s Hardcore 313 set. This picture is of an abandoned train station station in Ypsilanti. It might be the same Ypsilanti train station where Presidents Ulysses S. Grant & Martin Van Buren delivered speeches and where Charles J. Guiteau, the assassin of President Garfield, was thrown off the train when the conductor found out he didn’t have a ticket.
Edit: Almost forgot! I did this post about Michigan in Pictures so I could link to it from the new Absolute Michigan group on Facebook.