Michigan is a beautiful state. This photo blog is a way for me to capture the cool things I see every day. I hope you enjoy the photos. Click on the photo to see a higher resolution image. Please feel free to make comments and suggestions.
We had our first major snowfall of the season last night. The first snow can be a pain, but it can also be very beautiful. I got outside early to take these photos. By the time I left this afternoon, most of the blown snow had fallen off.
The roundabout at Michigan and Washington Avenues.
Just one photo today. Yesterday as I was walking past the Capitol, I noticed this squirrel in the tree. The city put these signs on all of the trees as they prepared for Silver Bells in the City, the annual light parade and tree lighting ceremony. I quickly scrambled to get my camera out and snap the photo before the squirrel took off again.
Here is something you do not see every day; draft horses in downtown Lansing. I suppose it was a pretty common sight a hundred years ago, but now, they have to share the road with a lot of automobiles. The horses were in town to promote the draft horse show at Michigan State over the weekend.
These next photos were taken in East Lansing at the plowing competition. I asked a couple of guys how the competition worked. Each team is given a 50' x 150' plot. They have to put in six furrows. A judge walks along grading on straightness and depth among other things. They told me in the old days, a farmer and two horses could plow an acre a day. Even with the horses doing the hardest part, it still looks like a lot of work.
Last week, I posted some photos from Views from the Top. Today, I would like to show some photos from inside one of the buildings. The Christman Mutual Building is really amazing. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, so the exterior could not be changed. I was happy to see how much of the interior they preserved. The building has all of the functionality of a modern office building, but it still retains much of the character it once had.
On the upper floors, you can put the mail in here . . . .
. . . and the mail carrier can pick it up here on the first floor.
Beautiful detail on the stair railing.
The stair railing.
I do not know what is behind the door, but it is a cool door.
It is a little modern, but it fits well.
Looking down the stairs.
Looking up the stairs.
Just inside the front door. What a beautiful way to cover up functional hardware.