Cheers to the New Year

Cheers to a great day

Cheers to a great day, photo by Kathy~.

Kathy took this photo this summer, but it seems appropriate as the sun sets on another year. If you click her photo, you can see the link to her incredible photo of the Town of Monterosso al mare, Italy in a wine glass!

Two years ago Michigan in Pictures was brand new, and I’m continually astonished by what it has become. I’d like to thank all the photographers who have let me share their pictures and helped to brighten my mornings as I travel around Michigan through their photos. I’d also like to thank everyone who visits – especially those to take time to share a story or word of praise.

In my admittedly biased opinion, this web site is one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of. I know that it’s due to all of you great people who share a love for this wonderful state.

I hope you all have a fun and safe evening tonight! (if you’re wondering what to do tonight – check out the New Years Eve event listing from Absolute Michigan.

Norrie Park Road

Norrie Park Road

Norrie Park Road, photo by siskokid.

With what a mess yesterday’s snow made of the lower parts of the state, I thought maybe an appropriate antidote would be a shot from near Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula, where heaping mountains of snow are simply expected.

Jim says that in many ways, winter is his favorite part of year. He has more photos of the season in his Winter photos set (slideshow).

I hope you get a chance to have a little fun in the snow this weekend!

Winter sparkles

Untitled, photo by jenny murray.

Jenny writes that beautiful, frosty mornings when everything sparkles in the winter are a reason she couldn’t ever live in a warm state.

Phototherapy, breakfast cereal and the Battle Creek Sanitarium

Phototherapy Department at the Battle Creek Sanitarium

Phototherapy Department at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, courtesy Willard Library

The Willard Library has an amazing collection of photos from the Battle Creek’s history. Prominent among these are of course photos from the Battle Creek Sanitarium. The Battle Creek Sanitarium Years from the Battle Creek Federal Center is a good companion article and explains:

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943) took charge of the Institute for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1876 and changed the name to the Battle Creek Sanitarium. He came up with the word “sanitarium” to reflect his idea of a sanitary retreat for health restoration and training (“a place where people learn to stay well”) rather than “sanitorium,” which meant a hospital for invalids or for treatment of tuberculosis. The San, as the place was familiarly known, prospered under Dr. Kellogg’s direction…

Dr. Kellogg’s medical treatment embraced all branches of medicine, including surgery, but with emphasis on fresh air, sunshine, exercise, rest and diet. The SDA dietary practices eliminated meats, condiments, spices, alcohol, chocolate, coffee and tea. Nutritious substitutes were created for “harmful” foods. Dr. Kellogg invented some 80 grain and nut products.

Somewhere amidst all of this, flaked cereal was invented and John’s brother William Keith Kellogg and C.W. Post began a breakfast bowl battle that basically created the breakfast cereal industry. There’s much more at the link above (including some more great photos) and you can also see Wikipedia’s entry on the Battle Creek Sanitarium, the entry on John Harvey Kellogg from the Battle Creek Historical Society and Mr. Breakfast’s Early Days of Breakfast Cereal.

Wonderland at Camp Miniwanca


Wonderland, photo by SpringChick.

SpringChick (Deb) says that she works at Camp Miniwanca, located on Lake Michigan and also on Stony Lake near Shelby, MI. She has a great set of photos from Miniwanca (slideshow) and you can learn more about the camp at the American Youth Foundation’s Miniwanca pages.

Happy Merry Joyous


Wreath, photo by rckrawczykjr.

I suspect that it doesn’t matter as much what we celebrate as how.

May your time be spent with those you love in happiness, health and bounty.

Into the Sun

Into the Sun by J.E.T.

Into the Sun, photo by J.E.T.

If you’re looking to capture a little of the magic and fun of being young and outside in Michigan, I can’t think of a better place to start than with Jessie’s photos of snow (slideshow).

Here’s hoping you get to spend a little quality time this week with the ones you love and several billion snowflakes.