Michigan’s Taylor North wins Little League World Series

Taylor North wins Little League World Series

Taylor North wins Little League World Series by Little League

The Freep reports that Taylor North beat an Ohio team (cherry on top!) 5-2 this weekend to take home Michigan’s first Little League championship since Hamtramck won it all in 1959. You can read on at the Freep & congratulations to Taylor!

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Sunflowers & Monarchs!

Sunflower & Monarch! by Michelle Leale

Sunflower & Monarch! by Michelle Leale

It’s been good to see a lot of monarch butterflies this August in my photo feed & in real life! Featuring a pair from Michelle today, the one above & the one below as the latest cover for the Michigan in Pictures Facebook page!

See more in Michelle’s feed & have an awesome week everyone!

Sunflowers & Monarch by Michelle Leale

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The Great Lake Michigan

The Great Lake Michigan by Kate Dailey

The Great Lake Michigan by Kate Dailey

Michigan has 3,288 miles of coastal shoreline, more than any other state except Alaska, and this weekend is the perfect time to get yourself to the Great Lakes coast before summer is gone!

Kate took this photo earlier in August. See more on her Flickr!

PS: With 1640 miles of shoreline, Lake Michigan has just about half of that coastline! See much more of Lake Michigan on Michigan in Pictures!

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Dinner on Main

Dinner on Main by Charles Bonham

Dinner on Main by Charles Bonham

The latest entry in the “Things I Want to See in My City” sweepstakes is this photo of fundraiser for Cancer Services of Midland for 200 people on Main St. in Midland. Hosted by The H Hotel, the dinner was served at the same time by 100 volunteers carrying two covered plates each in single file and set down simultaneously!

Head over to Charles’s Flickr for more including a couple more from this event!

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Waterfall Wednesday: Reany Falls near Marquette

Reany Falls - Marquette by David Marvin

Reany Falls – Marquette by David Marvin

Waterfalls of the Keweenaw shares some info about Reany Falls:

With a location close to a well-known Marquette destination (Dead River Falls) Reany Falls is a surprisingly photographed and popular waterfall. Composed a few small drops along a narrow creek, the main focus is a three-way split plunge nestled in the bedrock that is viewable from the road’s bridge above. Smaller drops are located above these falls, although the narrow little canyon makes viewing them difficult.

Click through for directions.

David took this photo last weekend. See more from David in his 2022 Calendar gallery on Flickr.

Many (many) more Michigan waterfalls on Michigan in Pictures!

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On the trail of Bigfoot in Michigan

Bigfoot feeder: Sasquatches Welcome

Northern Michigan Being True To Itself by Martin Hogan

WWJ News Radio had a feature on last month’s UP Bigfoot Conference in Munising:

“We wanted to spread the news, basically, that bigfoot is real, a real thing and in Michigan — specifically the Upper Peninsula.”

That’s the message from Richard Meyer, founder and organizer of the Upper Peninsula Bigfoot/Sasquatch Research Organization (UPBSRO) and the UP Bigfoot Conference to be held this weekend.

…”We have footprints. We actually have some on display this weekend with us,” Meyer said. “People have had a what we call a Class A sighting, where they’ve seen Bigfoot right there in front of them.”

As far as just how many could be in the UP, Meyer said it’s hard to put a number on it. However he said they’ve had “multiple sightings,” including of family groups of anywhere from two to ten Bigfoots at once.

“There’s a breeding population of Bigfoots, for them to have been around as long as they are…So it’s more than one creature,” he said. “There’s males and females, old ones and young ones.”

Bigfoots have been spotted, he said, all across the U.P.. from Drummond Island to Ironwood, and from Copper County all the way down to Menominee.

Meyer said, historically, there have been Bigfoots in the Detroit area as well. “There’s sightings from Belle Isle back from before everything was developed, where they had Bigfoots on Belle Isle and they were crossing the (Detroit) river.”

More at WWJ.

Martin took this photo of a bigfoot feeder in Kalkaska County (a known Michigan Bigfoot hotspot) back in 2019. See more in his 2019 Summer Trip gallery on Flickr. 

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Detroit Tigers Legend Miguel Cabrera hits 500th homer!

Miguel Cabrera by Keith Allison

Miguel Cabrera by Keith Allison

“It means a lot. Not only for me, but the people around me: my teammates, the organization of Detroit, my coaches, the managers I’ve had for my whole career, the people from Venezuela, my family. It’s really big because it’s something special for my country, for my family to be able to do this. I’m really happy.”
– Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers

Yesterday in Toronto, Miguel Cabrera launched a 500-foot homerun over the scoreboard & entered the MLB record books as the 28th player to hit 500 homers. The Freep has compiled some notable facts from Cabrera’s first dinger way back in 2003 to the 500th home run on Sunday. Congratulations Miggy!

Keith took this photo a few years back. Head over to his Flickr for the latest!

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August 20: Giant Swallowtail with Thistle

Giant Swallowtail with Thistle Jacqueline Verdun

Giant Swallowtail with Thistle by Jacqueline Verdun

I’ve been saving this photo for 6 years apparently!! Way back in 2015 the Ann Arbor Observer had a feature titled The Biggest Butterfly: Seeking Giant Swallowtails that said in part:

The aptly named giant swallowtail is the biggest butterfly in Michigan.

Form your two index fingers into pointers and touch them to each other: if you take a large glove size, the butterfly’s maximum wingspan is approximately the length of both fingers put together. The field guides say around six inches.

The giant swallowtail’s coloration is as spectacular as its size. From the top, its wings look dark brown to black, with yellow dot ribboning and a yellow eye-shaped spot on the end of each wing. When the wings are raised, the bottom is revealed to be a subtle cream interrupted by wavy blue and rust bands.

Ronda Spink, coordinator of the Michigan Butterfly Network (michiganbutterfly.org), says she sees more and more of these butterflies each year. This species spends its Michigan winter in the pupa stage and emerges in two broods each summer, the first in May through June, the second in July through early September.

Read on for more including tips on the best time of day to see them!

Jacqueline took this gorgeous photo on August 20, 2014. You can check out another shot she took of this butterfly right here & see more in her Macro Insects etc gallery.

More Michigan butterflies on Michigan in Pictures.

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Riders on the Great Lakes Storm

via leelanau.com…

Riders on the Storm by Mark Smith

Riders on the Storm by Mark Smith

Here’s a simply stunning shot by Mark Smith of a stormfront rolling over the Manitou Islands. Follow Mark on Instagram @downstreamer7 for more & view & purchase his work at Leelanau Landscapes Photography.

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As far as we know, July was the hottest

Fox Squirrels in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan by Corey Seeman

Fox Squirrels in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan by Corey Seeman

NPR reports that according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, July was the hottest month ever recorded in human history:

“In this case, first place is the worst place to be,” NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said in a statement. “July is typically the world’s warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded.”

Spinrad said that climate change has set the world on a “disturbing and disruptive path” and that this record was the latest step in that direction. Research has shown the warming climate is making heat waves, droughts and floods more frequent and intense.

According to NOAA, last month was the hottest July in 142 years of record-keeping.

The global combined land and ocean-surface temperature last month was 1.67 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees, the agency said. The previous record was set in 2016, and repeated in 2019 and 2020.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the land-surface temperature for July was 2.77 degrees hotter than average.

You can read more from NPR

Corey is definitely Michigan’s unofficial squirrel photography king. See a bunch more squirrels in his Project 365 2021 Gallery on Flickr & at the squirrel tag on Michigan in Pictures!

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