October 8, 2012
Lake of the Clouds is a favorite here on Michigan in Pictures, so it was a happy morning when I found Neil’s great shot of sunrise over the lake.
October 3, 2012
Bond Falls is is one of Michigan’s most beautiful waterfalls and a frequent guest on this blog. Click for more Bond Falls photos from Michigan in Pictures including a great one from a month ago of Bond Falls under the stars by the same photographer!
May 15, 2012
Today is the opening day of walleye season in Michigan. I couldn’t find a good walleye photo, but even though Pearl Lake isn’t on the list of top walleye lakes in Michigan, I thought it captured the mood perfectly! Much more at Michigan Walleye on Absolute Michigan.
May 1, 2012
This morning the perfectly titled photo was posted to our Absolute Michigan pool on Flickr, and while it’s actually from August, it definitely captures the light and promise of warmth that May brings.
Over on Absolute Michigan we’ve posted our May Event Calendar for Michigan that is packed full of all kinds of fun across Michigan celebrating new life and the beginning of summer in the Great Lakes State.
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,
February 13, 2012
The Freep had a feature on the most romantic places to visit in Michigan. I was happy to see that two of their 5 sunset spots were in my native Leelanau Peninsula. There’s bunches of Leelanau on Michigan in Pictures, so I figured I’d pick another. Since there are also a whole lot of sunsets, how about a romantic sunrise over the Copper Harbor Lighthouse on the Keweenaw Peninsula?
Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light says that the discovery of copper in the Keweenaw drew so many immigrant Cornish and Finnish miners seeking their fortunes that one pioneer observed that “the shores of the Keweenaw became whitened with tents.” Terry’s entry on the Copper Harbor Lighthouse says that the original light from 1849 was exemplary of the poor planning and tight budgets of the administration of Stephen Pleasonton. Pleasonton was also the man who saved the original copy of the Declaration of Independence, so you win some and lose some I guess. In any case:
By the early 1850′s a cry arose in the maritime community, voicing concern over Pleasonton’s tight-fisted administration of the nation’s aids to navigation. A clerical administrator, Pleasonton had no maritime experience, and it showed-up in the sub standard workmanship and poorly chosen locations of many of the lighthouses erected under his administration. A study commissioned by Congress recommended the establishment of a nine-member Board to oversee the administration of aids to navigation. Staffed with Navy officers and Engineers from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Lighthouse Board was established in 1852, relieving Pleasonton from any further involvement. One of the Board’s first orders of priority was the upgrading of illumination systems from the dim and poorly performing Argand lamps to the far more efficient and powerful Fresnel lenses manufactured in Paris. However, with the Copper Harbor Light not being of major importance in the greater scheme of things, it would be some time before its lens would be upgraded, and thus the Argand lamps continued to light the way into the harbor.
…In 1856, a work crew finally arrived in at the station and removed the Argand lamps from the lantern, and replaced them with a single fixed white Sixth Order Fresnel lens, thus increasing the station’s range of visibility to ten miles at sea. Three years later, the Light was upgraded further through the replacement of the Sixth Order lens with a more powerful fixed white lens of the Fourth Order.
As was the case with virtually all of the lighthouses built on the Great Lakes during the Pleasonton administration, the true costs of inferior materials and shoddy workmanship began to show. After his 1864 visit to the station, the Eleventh District Inspector remarked that the Copper Harbor lighthouse required “extensive repairs.” On subsequent investigation, the condition of the tower was determined to be beyond repair, and the following year the decision was made to raze the old tower and erect a completely new structure.
Read on for more on the construction of the new light and to see some great old photos. Also see Terry Pepper’s explanation of Argand and Fresnel lamps.
February 10, 2012
November 2, 2011
The November show for the Exposure.Detroit photography group opens next Saturday (November 12) at 7 P.M. at the Bean & Leaf Cafe in Royal Oak. The show features the work of Lou Peeples and four more talented photographers: Kim Kozlowski, Sharon Foster-Lanzetta, Tim White and Mary Jo Boughton. Definitely check the show and Exposure.Detroit out if you can – these folks are great!
October 19, 2011
Gorgeous photo from Holland last week from where Lake Macatawa meets the Macatawa River. Wikipedia says that the Macatawa River, also known as the Black River, drains into Lake Macatawa, adding that the name Macatawa is a mis-phoneticization of the Native American “Muck-i-ta-wog-go-me”, which means “black water.”