This barn is ready for the 4th of July

Ready for the 4th of July

Ready for the 4th of July, photo by Ann Fisher

This barn in Chatham (Alger County) is definitely ready for Independence Day – here’s hoping you are too!

View Ann’s photo background bigtacular and see more in her 2016 UP slideshow.

Have a Bangup Fourth of July Weekend!

Fourth of July Fireworks over Detroit Michigan

Untitled, photo by Micigama K

I hope you have a wonderful (and hopefully long) weekend that’s as free of care as you can make it.

If fireworks are your thing, here’s an awesome site by a real human listing Michigan fireworks displays. Also check out Michigan Fireworks Friday over on Absolute Michigan for an update on Michigan’s fireworks laws.

View the photo of the fireworks over Detroit bigger and see more in Micigama’s 2016-06-27-Detroit Fireworks slideshow.

Sunshine, blue sky & lilacs for Michigan moms!

Buds On Blue

Walking on Sunshine, photo by Sue Fraser

Sue shared this with wishes of “blue skies & sunshine” back in 2007, and I’d like to join her in wishing all of Michigan’s marvelous moms a very Happy Mothers Day!

View Sue’s photo bigger and see more in her slideshow.

PS: To all you moms not of Michigan, a Happy Mother’s Day to you as well! ;)

Pint Sized Leprechaun

Pint Sized Leprechaun

Pint Sized Leprechaun, photo by Danielle Ericks

Luck is believing you’re lucky.
~Tennessee Williams

My St. Patrick’s Day wishes are that my Michigan State Spartans prove they should have been a #1 seed all along (Go Green!), that the Michigan Wolverines show they’re not the only ballers in the Great Lakes State by defeating Notre Dame (Go Blue!), and that luck makes itself a believable part of your life (Go Luck!!).

Danielle writes “This little guy was having a hard time keeping his hat on – my best shot was a little blurry so had to resort to this one.” View photo bigger than a leprechaun and see more in her Motor City slideshow.

Happy 2016 … plus Scratch Circles and the Sands of Time

The Sands of Time

The Sands of Time, photo by David Marvin

The Wheel of Time has rolled into another year. It might be my increasing age talking, but it seems as if the world has gotten harder over the last couple of decades. I hope that 2016 treats everyone more kindly, including you!

Apparently I can’t even post a simple metaphor without learning something new. David writes:

Scratch Circles or “Scharrkreise” form when plant matter is blown around by the wind, etching circular designs in the sand.

If you want to get all geeky on sand circles, scratch circles & Scharrkreise – a term coined by R. Richter in 1926 – those links are just the thing for you!

View David’s photo background bigtacular and see more in his slideshow.

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories, photo by Richard Deming Photography

Here’s hoping that whatever holiday you are celebrating this season is wonderful. Thanks everyone for being a part of Michigan in Pictures!

View Richard’s photo bigger and see more in his Christmas Time 2010 slideshow.

Christmas Full Moon and the Metonic Cycle

Moon December 18 2015

Moon December 18 2015, photo by Dave in Michigan

EarthSky notes that the December full moon will be the first on Christmas since 1977:

This month, the December full moon falls on Friday, December 25, 2015. For Earth’s Western Hemisphere, it’s the first full moon on Christmas Day since 1977.We won’t have another full moon on a Christmas Day until 2034.

A 19-year cycle of the moon is the reason. Amazingly, the moon’s phases recur on (or near) the same calendar dates every 19 years. This cycle – known as the Metonic cycle – happens because 235 returns to full moon almost exactly equal 19 years. So, in other words, the phases of the moon realign (or nearly realign) with the same calendar dates every 19 years. We just missed a full moon on Christmas 19 years ago; instead, the full moon fell on Christmas Eve. It was December 24, 1996 at 20:41 Universal Time, or UT.

…In any year, the phases of the moon take place about 11 days earlier than in the previous year. For instance, the December 2016 full moon will happen on December 14, 2016, and the December 2017 full moon will fall on December 3, 2017.

View Dave’s photo big as the moon and see more in his moon & moon shots slideshow.

More about December’s full moon in Christmas Moon, Snow Moon, Cold Moon, Oak Moon, December Moon on Michigan in Pictures!