Point of Origin, part 2

July 29, 2014

Point of Origin

Point of Origin, photo by Jamie MacDonald

From the annual Jackson Hot Air Jubilee earlier this month.

View Jamie’s photo bigger and see more in his awesome Jackson Hot Air Jubilee slideshow.

(here’s Point of Origin, part 1 in case you missed it)

Milky Way Time Lapse - Silos - 2014 - D7100-142

Milky Way Time Lapse – Silos – 2014, photo by Matthew Eddy

Cloudy skies are in the forecast this weekend, but you can still check the stars out!

View the photo background big and see more in Matthew’s Milky Way Time Lapse video on YouTube!

UFOs Over Michigan

July 15, 2014

UFO "Cyclops" Hovers Over Saginaw River

UFO “Cyclops” Hovers Over Saginaw River, photo by AmBelCanto

“Where there are people, there are UFOs.”
~ William Konkolesky, Director, Michigan MUFON

The Mt. Pleasant Morning-Sun had a feature this weekend on the Michigan chapter of the Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network aka MUFON. In the article, Michigan Mutual UFO group watches the skies, MUFON  Director William Konkolesky talks about his experiences and then details what a MUFON investigator does:

“We can take soil samples, we have labs that can identify anomalous readings in the soil. One of the things we would be looking for is unusual chemicals in the soil,” he said.

Konkolesky said that although the reported UFOs are often things like “airplanes and Chinese lanterns,” some investigations aren’t that simple. “More than 80 percent of the reports we get a year (turn out to be) identifiable objects and the rest are things that you can’t easily explain,”

Konkolesky said those interested in being MUFON investigators have to apply online, buy the training materials necessary to become an investigator, and pass a certification test. “Some of the things (investigators are taught) are basic things like how to identify an airplane, data collection, and how to interview a witness, just to name a few,” Konkolesky said.

Konkolesky said he understands why some may be skeptical about the existence of fully-functional life on other planets. “If you haven’t encountered the UFO phenomenon yourself, it obviously takes a lot for somebody to feel the need to take it to heart,” Konkolesky said.

View this photo from the 2007 Bay City Fireworks bigger and see more in AmBelCanto’s slideshow.

Lake Superior Thunderhead

Lake Superior Thunderhead, photo by Lake Superior Photo

So far this summer we’ve gotten some free fireworks show such as the storm that swept through last weekend. Shawn wrote:

It was fireworks over the lake last night, my dog was not pleased, however I was ecstatic. Lightning was going off a couple times a second and it did not let up, but stayed mostly in the clouds. I watched this for over an hour, and it just drifted by, stars overhead the entire time – go big screen to see the stars right top of frame.

So… what are you waiting for? Go background big and see more at Lake Superior Photo on Facebook.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Ready for the Fourth

July 3, 2014

Starry Sky

Starry Sky, photo by Steve

BBQ items? Check! Fireworks plan? Check!! Wall o’ stars? Check!!! Have a happy 4th of July weekend everyone!!!!

View Steve’s photo bigger and see more in his LX7 slideshow.

PS: Check out Detroit News feature 50 fun things to do for the Fourth.

Grand Marais Splash-in

June 27, 2014

Splash-in 2014

Splash-in 2014, photo by Gary McCormick

Every year in mid-June Grand Marais holds their annual Splash-in where seaplanes/float planes come from the US and Canada for a weekend of fun. Gary was there two weeks ago and got some cool shots!

View Gary’s photo background bigtacular and see more in his Grand Marais slideshow.

Mirror Morning

June 4, 2014

Hasrot Beach

Haserot Beach, photo by lomeranger

One of the things I love about Spring and early Summer is how calm the water can be.

Jason shot this at 6 AM on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. View his photo background bigtacular, see more in his Landscapes VII slideshow and purchase it if you wish at his photography website.

There’s more sunrises and more Spring wallpaper on Michigan in Pictures!

Old Dock

May 20, 2014

Old dock III (1 of 1)

Old dock III (1 of 1), photo by Todd Bielby

One day’s ruin is another day’s scenery…

View Todd’s photo background bigtacular and see more including a black & white view in his slideshowFYI, he shot this pic at Forrester Park, about 20 miles north of Port Huron.

Beautiful Beast

May 13, 2014

Beautiful Beast

Beautiful Beast, photo by Jamie MacDonald

Yesterday saw strong storms in southeast Michigan including some tornado sightings (click that link for photos).

Jamie took this shot last week with a Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye. Check his photo out bigger and see more in his Stormy Weather slideshow.

More wild & wonderful weather on Michigan in Pictures.

Fisher Brothers Legacy...

Fisher Brothers Legacy…, photo by Brad Worrell

On his excellent Historic Detroit site, Dan Austin’s excellent & comprehensive article on the Albert Kahn designed Fisher Building says:

The late 1920s were a time of unprecedented growth in Detroit, especially when it came to skyscrapers. From the Penobscot Building to the Fox Theatre, 1928 saw landmark after landmark rise in the Motor City.

The 29-story Fisher is one of three National Historic Landmarks in Detroit, along with the Fox and the Guardian Building.

“The gold-capped tower has taken its proper place in Detroit’s ever-changing skyline,” the Detroit News wrote of the Fisher in October 1928, when the finishing touches were being put on the building. “This will be the most beautiful building of its kind ever created. … It is an outstanding example of the new American school of architecture, which has arisen to typify the spirit of modern progress. No expense, Mr. Kahn said, has been spared to make the Fisher building the very epitome of things beautiful.”

To achieve this feat, the Fisher was built — with only slight exceptions — entirely out of granite and marble, including on the exterior. More than 40 kinds of marble from all over the world were used. From the base of the building to 50 feet up — the first three floors — the exterior is finished in polished Minnesota pink marble and Oriental granite. Above that is Beaver Dam marvilla marble (named such because it was harvested from the Beaver Dam Quarry at Cockeysville, Md.) on the street fronts and Carthage marble on the courts. The marble was cut and positioned to give varying textures across the exterior. “The sun (plays) on differences of saw markings and grain on each block that identify the individual pieces from their neighbors,” the Michigan Manufacturer and Financial Record wrote in October 1928.

Read on for much (much) more about the Fisher Building including a sweet gallery of historic photos (including one looking up at this angle).  you can also visit the Fisher Building website.

View Brad’s photo bigger and see more in his Detroit slideshow.

More architecture on Michigan in Pictures.

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