Thinking About the Zoo Visitors?

Thinking About the Zoo Visitors?, photo by Maia C

A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I remain very thankful that I have such a great group of photographers and readers for Michigan in Pictures. I love doing this blog, and your support makes it possible!

Maia suggests that this lion is perhaps thinking about zoo visitors, but my personal theory is that he’s thinking about bears, Chicago Bears to be exact! Thankfully, the NFL has given us the opponent who started it all, as the Detroit Lions share the history of the Thanksgiving Day game:

The game was the brainchild of G.A. Richards, the first owner of the Detroit Lions. Richards had purchased the team in 1934 and moved the club from Portsmouth, Ohio to the Motor City. The Lions were the new kids in town and had taken a backseat to the baseball Tigers. Despite the fact the Lions had lost only one game prior to Thanksgiving in 1934, the season’s largest crowd had been just 15,000.

The opponent that day in 1934 was the undefeated, defending World Champion Chicago Bears of George Halas. The game would determine the champion of the Western Division. Richards had convinced the NBC Radio Network to carry the game coast-to-coast (94 stations) and, additionally, an estimated 26,000 fans jammed into the University of Detroit Stadium while thousands more disappointed fans were turned away.

Despite two Ace Gutowsky touchdowns, the Bears won the inaugural game, 19-16, but a classic was born. Since 1934, 69 games have been played with the Lions holding a series record of 33-34-2 (.493). And each game, in its own way, continues to bring back memories of Thanksgiving, not only to Lions’ fans, but to football fans across the nation.

View Maia’s photo big as a lion and see more in her Detroit Zoo Spring/Summer 2008 slideshow.

More Thanksgiving features & photos and more Detroit Lions on Michigan in Pictures.


Before…, photo by Michael in A2

I hope that everyone is gearing up for an enjoyable Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for all of you who take the time to check out and share Michigan in Pictures every day, and I am hoping to be thankful this afternoon for the Lions beating the Packers … though I suppose many of you U.P. readers would be happy with a Green Bay victory.

In any case, Happy Thanksgiving , and if you want a happy memory, here’s a great post on the 1962 Thanksgiving Day Massacre where the Lions handed the Pack their only loss of the season.

Check this photo out background big and see more in Michael’s Personal Favorite Photographs slideshow.

More Thanksgiving on Michigan in  Pictures.


FARMERS MARKET Nov 2012-963, photo by RichardDemingPhotography

The story of Thanksgiving is one of our country’s oldest and best stories. At the heart of it is the sharing of the rich and diverse bounty of the land.

Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state, and here’s hoping that some of Michigan’s varied fruits, vegetables, meat and other local and tasty foods will make it to your table today and throughout the holiday season.

See this bigger and in Richard’s massive Farmer’s Markets 2012 slideshow.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

More Thanksgiving on Michigan in Pictures.

Pumpkin PIe
Pumpkin Pie, photo by PepOmint

I hope that everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday and I’m really thankful that so many of you share your photos and thoughts with me through Michigan in Pictures.

See this bigger in PepOmint’s slideshow and also check out Thanksgiving in the Absolute Michigan pool.

Mother Goose & Friends, photo by Eric Smith

The Michigan Picture Project had a great photo feature last year on America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (music & animated clown warning), held every year in Detroit that lifts the curtain with a stunning selection of HDR images of the floats in the warehouse. On Parade in Waiting they write:

The Thanksgiving Parade that fills Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit for several hours every year is actually an ongoing work in progress that has delighted spectators for decades. Detroit’s first Thanksgiving Parade in 1924 featured 10 floats inspired by nursery rhymes, including Mother Goose and The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, along with several marching bands. As the parade grew into a major event, new floats and characters joined those original figures, and all of these parade creations emerge from storage in huge warehouses to march again down Woodward Avenue.

Floats added in recent years celebrate Downtown Detroit, the Automobile Industry, and American Freedom. Many skilled hands collaborate to create each new float and every giant head that entertains the thousands of parade-watchers who line the route. During the weeks leading up to the parade, the floats and figures come out from warehouse storage, to be polished up in preparation for the big day. Photographer Eric Smith used a digital technique to convey the storybook magic of the parade characters as they wait to come to life.

Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade was produced by the J. L. Hudson Company from the parade’s beginning in 1924 until 30 years ago. The store’s Display Department created and cared for the floats and giant heads. In 1979, Hudson’s passed parade sponsorship and control to Detroit Renaissance, and in 1983 that responsibility went to the Michigan Parade Foundation. Since 1990, The Parade Company has managed the parade with enthusiastic help from thousands of volunteers and support from dozens of Detroit businesses and civic groups. 

Click here to see this and the other pictures bigger and see more of Eric’s work at Don’t miss the parade at 9:20 AM on Thanksgiving!

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Struttin’ 1 9935-09, photo by StacyN – MichiganMoments

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving if you celebrate it, and that if you don’t you get a chance to celebrate what you’re thankful for.

You can get a lot of has all kinds of Thanksgiving fun including our Totally Terrifying Turkey Trivia Test – check it out!

Stacy took this shot along the road near Ravenna, Michigan. Check it out in her Best Animal / Bird Images set (slideshow).


DSC_8102_2_2, photo by photosbyhpennington.

…is also America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The day was sunny and gorgeous and Heather got some great photos that you can view in her America’s Thanksgiving Parade 2008 set (slideshow). Check out more of her work at photos by heather pennington.

Enjoy the day – looks like another beauty!

Happy Thanksgiving, Michigan

November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends....

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends…., photo by smiles7.

smiles7 says she hopes your day is beautiful and blessed.

I can’t think of much to add except for a link to the Thanksgiving slideshow from the Absolute Michigan pool and hopes that at this time next year (and all through the years) we in Michigan have lots to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving, Michigan

November 23, 2006

Becky's New Art Medium

Becky’s New Art Medium, photo by dailyinvention.

Stefan says Becky actually constructed the apple out of dough herself. She’s a fairly talented illustrator and a great cook.

Indeed. I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope that the holiday finds you with family and friends and food and good cheer.

All of us involved in the Michigan in Pictures / Absolute Michigan project are truly thankful for all you wonderful folks who help us serve up a big Michigan feast by providing photos, thoughts and support to our efforts.

…and through the woods

November 26, 2014

A Late November Morning

A Late November Morning, photo by jiafanxu

Safe travels to you and your guests this Thanksgiving holiday!

View jiafanxu’s photo bigger and see more in their A Late November Morning slideshow.


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