Thursday, October 27, 2011

Manistee Lighthouse Revisited - Manistee

I was back in Manistee today. The weather at the lighthouse was very different than it was last week.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall - Williamston

We are past the peak colors now, but here are some fall scenes from a couple of weeks ago.

Can you find three cranes in this photo?


Friday, October 21, 2011

Lighthouse - Manistee

Yesterday was a windy fall day on Lake Michigan. The waves were really crashing at the Manistee lighthouse. I am glad I was not on the water, but it made for some dramatic photos.

I didn't even notice the seagull until I looked at the photo. That was a lucky shot.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Draft Horses - Lansing and East Lansing

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.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Christman Mutual Building - Lansing

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.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Grand River - Lansing

Last week I took a half hour cruise on the Grand River on a pontoon boat. It was very relaxing and also quite scenic.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cass River - Frankenmuth

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.

This is the covered bridge from the riverbank.

Walking under the willows was magical.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Views From The Top - Lansing

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!

View of the Boji Tower from the Accident Fund Building.

View from the Boji Tower.

View from Cooley Law School.

View of the Capitol dome from Cooley Temple


Sunday, October 2, 2011