Spartan Stadium at Michigan State University

MSU Aerial Photo by clayton_busbey

MSU Aerial Photo, photo by clayton_busbey

Be sure to take a look at other photos Clayton took on this day – they include aerial views of Lansing & Mackinac Island.

I’ve certainly given the University of Michigan and the Big House ample time here on Michigan in Pictures. Looking back, I see that the football stadium at my alma mater, Michigan State University, has received rather less attention. What can I say – my grandmother was a dyed-in-blue Wolverine fan. As usual, you can get lots of the basic information from Wikipedia’s entry for Spartan Stadium in East Lansing which begins:

In the early 1920s school officials decided to construct a new stadium to replace Old College Field. The resulting stadium was ready in the fall of 1923 with a capacity of 14,000. Over the years the stadium grew. In 1935 the seating capacity increased to 26,000 and the facility was dedicated as Macklin Field. John Macklin, football coach from 1911-15, put Michigan State football on the map with a 29-5 record over five seasons with victories over big name programs such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. After admittance into the Big Ten in 1948, Michigan State increased stadium capacity to 51,000 and the field was renamed Macklin Stadium. With Spartan football attracting national attention under Clarence “Biggie” Munn and Hugh “Duffy” Daugherty, 9,000 seats were added in 1956. The following season upper decks were added to the east and west sides boosting the capacity to 76,000. That same season Michigan State dropped the name Macklin Stadium in favor of Spartan Stadium.

In August of 2005 a press box and luxury seating were added – here are photos and renderings of the addition to Spartan Stadium and the page on Spartan Stadium at (has a cool view of the stadium on game day).

For more photos, head over to Flickr where Patrick Power (love the Spartan Stadium Sundown!) and Alex (excellent Spartan Stadium Panorama) each have a ton of photos of the stadium. Also look in of the Michigan State University Fans pool on Flickr and get some shots of on the field action from the Spartans Football photo gallery at MSU.

Michigan Orchard in Snow

Michigan Orchard in Snow

Michigan Orchard in Snow, photo by coonjamm.

Today’s photo of a cherry orchard near near Paw Paw from February will hopefully remind those of us tempted to complain about the heat of other things we could complain about.

I’d also like to call attention to Van Buren County, Michigan our latest Michigan shoreline county article on Absolute Michigan.

of Heads, Hands and Frandor

self reflection, photo by Bridget Johnson

self reflection, photo by Bridget Johnson

Bridget relates that this photo was taken at the Frandor Mall in East Lansing … or Lansing … or right between the two. I am a bit depressed that there is no entry for Frandor at Wikipedia (yet at least). The Lansing entry says that in 1954, Frandor Mall was the first in the area and the second in the state.

On second thought, Joey Harrison’s photo of the old FRANDOR sign on Flickr is lots better than any Wikipedia entry probably would be because it has a bunch of people’s reflections on the history of the mall, including his mom, who says:

What I’m about to say can’t be certified, but this is what I seem to remember: Frandor was developed by Francis and Doreen Corr in 1954 from a former golf course. It was the second outdoor mall, the first being Northland in Southfield.

Bridget Johnson is a Traverse City based photographer who will be among the over 150 women artists of all media whose work will be on display at the 5th annual From Women’s Hands art show, sale and benefit for The Women’s Cancer Fund from April 27-29 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

Lansing Photo: A new Lansing photo blog

Sun sets behind Ottawa Power Station

Sun sets behind Ottawa Power Station, photo by Apocaplops.

Erich Zechar, known as Apocaplops on Flickr, has recently started Lansing Photo. He says that after moving to the Capital City, he’s missed the community of photographers that he enjoyed in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti. Rather than sit around and whine about it, he says he’s…

…creating this space to try to bring together people in the area who love Lansing, and love photography. Heck, loving Lansing is optional. Let’s just fill this void, and come together to create something new, something this area lacks and sorely needs.

Erich is featuring photos from area photographers and photo-related events in the Lansing area and also hopes to do photographer interviews and profiles in the future.

Check it out!

Past and Present … and Panoramic

Past and Present

Past and Present, photo by O Caritas.

Patrick writes From Michigan Avenue, looking north… the idle Board of Water & Light building is on the left and Lansing Center is on the right. The walk bridge connects the Lansing Center with the Radisson Hotel.

This photo is part of a huge set of panoramas including shots of Spartan Stadium, the Red Cedar River, Magdalena’s Tea House and an amazing 72 shot Autostitched shot of the US-127 overpass.

Woodlot (April 26)

Woodlot (April 26)

Woodlot (April 26), photo by O Caritas.

Patrick writes:

This is a woodlot behind (north of) my apartment bulding and complex… I often walk through here on my way to Lansing, East Lansing or the MSU campus where I have office space.

The plan is to document the changes in the trees as spring comes on.

View the set

Michigan Winter

Michigan Winter

Michigan Winter, originally uploaded by Eviluting.

This photo wasn’t taken this morning, but as I looked around for a photo to match the newfalleness outside this morning, this one from the photogenic MSU campus seemed best.

4 … 3 … 2006


12:00:59, originally uploaded by O Caritas.

This was my very first photo of the new year… I crouched over at the corner of Albert Street and M.A.C. Avenue, set the camera on the ground and propped it up on the back of my hand to raise the lens high enough to frame the clock.

I took two very quick photos and, as I stood up, a crowd of people approached and I was asked if I’d lost my watch. I turned to head home and an East Lansing police officer approached me and she told me she’d stopped because she thought I was throwing up!

East Lansing is known for that, you know!

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