Michigan in Pictures Top 5 for 2015

It’s that time of year when I look back and try to remember what happened, a task that is made a lot easier by the nifty analytics provided by the good folks at WordPress.com (and the questionable folks at Facebook).

One thing that happened was the re-design of Michigan in Pictures to feature bigger photos, something that pretty much everyone seems to appreciate.

Honorable Mention is the consistently popular post Know Your Michigan Turtles. It was originally published in 2013 and continued to be the most consistently visited post on Michigan in Pictures in 2015. This year I featured the Spiny Soft-shell Turtle on World Tortoise Day and was even re-tweeted by American Tortoise Rescue, the amazing organization behind the day and worldwide turtle preservation. As a turtle fan, I find this awesome.

#5

Pere Marquette 1255

December 7th ~ How Pere Marquette 1225 inspired the Polar Express by Bob Gudas

Subtitle the story of how this iconic engine provided inspiration for the iconic children’s book by Michigan Author Chris Van Allsburg “Why it’s important to preserve our history.”

#4

SS Edmund Fitzgerald Underway

November 10th ~  The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald via Wikimedia Commons

If there’s a Michigan folk song that everyone knows, it’s Gordon Lightfoot’s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Read about how he wrote it, watch the best darn video on the internet featuring this song, and marvel at the fact I can’t tell the difference between Walter Cronkite and Harry Reasoner.

#3

Ice Caves Return

January 13th ~  Ice Caves Return to Lake Michigan by Heather Higham

Two years ago, Lake Michigan’s ice caves blew up, drawing tens of thousands of people to the shores of Lake Michigan, and when they formed this year, Heather was there!

#2

Old Mission Storm Cloud

August 3rd ~  Jellyfish Stormfront by Tom Parrent

The crazy storm of early August 2015 devastated areas of Northern Lower Michigan including leveling acres and acres of trees in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and rendering the village of Glen Arbor inaccessible for days.

#1

Wreckage of the Rising Sun

April 20th ~  Coast Guard shares Manitou Passage shipwrecks from above by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

The top post of the year is this aerial photo of the 1917 wreck of the Rising Sun by a Traverse City based Coast Guard aircrew. Several more photos available at the link.

Thanks everyone for being a part of Michigan in Pictures in 2015!

10 thoughts on “Michigan in Pictures Top 5 for 2015

  1. It’s also a good time of year to tell you how much I enjoy receiving the photos and stories you find for us every morning. It’s a real pleasure, so thank you, Farlane, and happy new year!

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  2. I have loved this blog from the first time I started reading it and looking at the photographs. I hope to see more in the new year. I guess living in Michigan all of my life made me ‘neutral’ to its many wonders and I forgot to appreciate its scenes. Your blog has made me get excited again about the “Peninsula state with the mitten and the rabbit, surrounded by five great lakes.” Thanks so much.

    I hope the new year is prosperous and blessed for you.

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  3. Thank YOU for your wonderful posts and teaching me so many things about my beautiful state that I didn’t know or had forgotten about over the years. I can’t make it without my daily MICHIGAN IN PICTURES ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Karen

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  4. Thanks for the great pictures of our great Great Lakes State. Personally, #5 is my #1. I can only say that it “speaks” to me. I don’t know why, but that old train and smoke with the beautiful colors of the landscape just move something inside me. I am really looking forward to seeing what you give us in 2016.

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