Good Morning Brockway

Good Morning Brockway, photo by Jiqing Fan

Today’s post might win the 2013 Incomprehensible Garbledegook Award…

Almost all of the photos on Michigan in Pictures are those added to the Absolute Michigan pool on the excellent photo sharing site Flickr, with occasional photo posted to the Michigan in Pictures Facebook mixed in. While that’s very convenient for me, there’s a whole  lot of great photos on Twitter and Instagram too.

If you’re interested in sharing your photos and aren’t into Flickr, please feel free to use the “michpics” hash tag: #michpics on Twitter and #michpics on Instagram. If your photo is in some other place, you can tweet it with that hash tag.

Thanks everyone for sharing and I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of Michigan’s beauty this weekend!

Jiqing Fan took some amazing photos this fall. View his shot from Brockaway Mountain on the Keweenaw Peninsula bigger and see more in his slideshow. Past features of Jiqing Fan on Michigan in Pictures.

Dark Mood: Basilica of St. Adalbert

Dark Mood

Dark Mood, photo by Rudy Malmquist.

The web site for Basilica of St. Adalbert (of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids) tells a little of the history of this ornate church that has always fascinated me as I’ve driven past it on the freeway going west out of Grand Rapids.

The Saint Adalbert Aid Society was formed in 1872. At that time the purpose of the fraternal aid societies that sprang up in the primarily ethnic areas of the city, was to assist new immigrants in settling in the area, finding housing, and employment. With the help of the Saint Adalbert Aid Society, and on the initiative of the many Polish people of this area, two lots were purchased in 1880 at the corner of Fourth Street and Davis Avenue, NW, and in June of 1881 construction of a small wooden church was begun. Thus, St. Adalbert Parish was soon established. In 1891 the original church was enlarged to accommodate the every growing Polish population.

In early July of 1907, work began on the present church building. The cornerstone was laid on August 18, 1907, and the building was completed in late spring of 1913 for a total cost of about $150,000, including all of its furnishings.

The basilica is one of a few Minor Basilica in the US and the only church of this rank in Michigan. Wikipedia has more about Polish Cathedrals in America and says that these ornate churches were built by Polish Catholics in rememberance of the glory days of the Polish Commonwealth in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Be sure to check Rudy’s shot out background bigalicious and see more pics in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan group on Flickr.

Y is for Yellow … as in yellow Chevy Nomad

Chevy Nomad

Chevy Nomad, photo by pbosker2001.

In the Absolute Michigan group on Flickr, there’s a thread of Michigan photos from A to Z that just finished its third time through the alphabet.

This photo of a Chevy Nomad (made available in wallpaper sized glory) was taken at the annual Grand Rapids Metro Cruise in August of 2007.

I’m guessing that the owner would find it easy to join the Chevy Nomad Club. Wikipedia’s entry for the Chevrolet Nomad says:

The Nomad’s unique design had its roots in a General Motors Motorama show car of the same name that was based on the Corvette. The Concept was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1954 as one of Head Stylist, Harley Earl’s “dream cars”…

There have been two Nomad concept cars. The first one from 1999 was based on the F-body (Camaro) and was V8 powered. The second concept presented in 2004 was based on the GM Kappa platform, and highly resembled the original 1954 Corvette-based Nomad showcar.

You can see the 2004 Nomad concept (though I prefer the 1955-57 Nomad) and check out this year’s concepts at the Detroit Auto Show.

Polaroid Transfer | 2

Polaroid Transfer | 2

Polaroid Transfer | 2, photo by brad|gillette.

Brad Gillette is a photography student and portrait photographer from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He’s also the guy who’s going to help Michigan in Pictures break through its “horizontal format bias.”

I think that this is Brad’s favorite photo from his cool set of polaroid transfers. His work is also available for purchase!

West Michigan Whitecaps Win!

Untitled, photo by emjsmith.

Despite the risk of becoming “that Michigan baseball photo blog”, we have to give a “way to go” to the West Michigan Whitecaps who captured their 4th Midwest League Championship on Saturday at Comstock Park in Grand Rapids. According to the Whitecaps web site, the 89-48 Caps jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and cruised to an 8-4 win over Kane County to win their 4th championship in their 13 year history.

Today’s photo is part of a great set of celebration photos by Emily Smith. Emily photographs the Whitecaps for Major League Baseball and you can (and should) see more of her baseball and non-baseball work on her photography site.

The Whitecaps are the Class A minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, and the Freep says the AAA Toledo Mudhens joined the Whitecaps in winning a championship this weekend. (click the photo below for pics from the Mudhens game!) The Tigers farm system notched the the second-best combined winning percentage this year.

Fulton Street Farmers Market

Fulton Street Farmer's Market

Fulton Street Farmers Market, photo by docksidepress.

This shot of colorful produce from the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market in Grand Rapids is typical of most farmers markets this time of year. The number of farmers markets nationwide more than doubled between 1994 and 2004 — from 1,755 to 3,700. If you haven’t been to your local farmers market here is a listing of markets throughout the state. Support your local farmers and remember that local food is fresh food.

Fire exit

Fire exit

Fire exit, originally uploaded by Nathanael.Archer.

The above photo is part of a nice set of photos of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan that look to have been taken in 2000-2001.

Church In A Puddle

Church In A Puddle

Church In A Puddle, originally uploaded by Mac Girl.

Great shot from Grand Rapids for a Sunday.