Rolling past 5,000!

January 23, 2014

5 Spot by Matt burrowsPoint of OriginFull Moon JanuaryVostok Snow Circle

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!!

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eight, photo by caterpillars

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.

Thank you!

View Laura’s photo on Flickr and in her slideshow. You can also click for more photos from her along with some actual caterpillars!

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seven, photo by Hilarywho

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!

Check Hilary’s photo out on black and count it out in her numbers slideshow.

More posts about michpics!

Weekend Find

Weekend Find, photo by LadyDragonflyCC – See through my Eyes!

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.

See Christine’s photo bigger and see more in her tasty morel slideshow.

Speaking of morels, don’t miss the annual Mesick Morel Mushroom Festival today through Sunday (May 11-13) and the National Morel Mushroom Festival next weekend (May 17-20) in Boyne City.

Spring Break 2012

March 26, 2012

Michigan in Pictures is taking a Spring Break. See you at the beginning of April!

Dollar Lake Foggy Sunrise

Dollar Lake Foggy Sunrise, photo by Boydsview

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.

Andrew took this at Dollar Lake. Check it out on black. He also shot a couple of very respectable morels that you can see in his slideshow.

* 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,

Owls in the Attic

November 8, 2011

Attic, Clare Michigan.

Attic, Clare Michigan. , photo by matthew_michalek.

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…

Check this out on black and in Matt’s slideshow.

I Dream Of Clouds

I Dream Of Clouds, photo by MightyBoyBrian.

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!

Check this out background bigalicious and in Brian’s slideshow.

Lots more Michigan wallpaper for your background bemusement.

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