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.
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.
I thought I would post some more photos from our trip to Frankenmuth. These are on the banks of the Cass River. It is a beautiful area to stroll along under the willows. The covered bridge is also a nice feature.
The first two photos were taken from the covered bridge.
Saturday October 1, my wife and I participated in Views From The Top, a fundraiser for the Greater Lansing Housing Commission. It was a lot of fun. We got to go to the top floor of six different buildings in downtown Lansing. I am including one view from each building below. I will post some more photos soon.
View from the Christman Mutual Building, the only triple platinum LEED certified building in world!