Daily Snapper

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Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island

Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island

Photos copyright Kath Usitalo

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Bright berries perk up the woods on a gray day

Bright berries perk up the woods on a gray day

Vote!

We did

We did

Anticipating the Gales of November

"The Spirit of Ludington" by Kirsten Kokikin honors Great Lakes mariners, at the city's waterfront park

“The Spirit of Ludington” by Kirsten Kokikin honors Great Lakes mariners, at the city’s Waterfront Park

Day of the Dead

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Mexicantown, Detroit

House from Hell

My favorite (maybe) haunted house near Hell, Michigan

My idea of a haunted house. Not far from Hell, Michigan, of course.

 

RIP Tom Harper

Copper Country grave markers, like this of young Tom Harper, describe how miners met their end

Copper Country grave markers describe how miners met their demise on the job. Young Tom Harper “was killed by the falling of a rock in the Phoenix Mine”

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Wiped Out

Had to pull over on a rainy evening to fix a feisty windshield wiper. No help at this roadhouse.

Had to pull over on a rainy evening to fix a feisty windshield wiper. No help at this roadhouse.

Cures All Diseases

Antique bottle collection, Calumet, Michigan

Antique bottle collection, Calumet, Michigan

Ghost Town

Fayette Historic State Park, Garden Peninsula

Fayette Historic State Park, Garden Peninsula

Have a Peace-fall Day

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. Jean de La Fontaine

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.       Jean de La Fontaine

Go Big Red!

Today, as Michigan State and U of Michigan fans shout Go Green and Go Blue, I'm sticking with Big Red, the Lake Michigan lighthouse near Holland

Today, as Michigan and Michigan State football fans shout “Go Blue!” and “Go Green!” I’m sticking with Big Red, the Lake Michigan lighthouse near Holland

Take Me Home, Country Road

County road in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (photo by Kath Usitalo)

County road in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan: A man, his concertina and “Auld Lang Syne” fireside in the Logan County Courthouse. A sweet memory from Holiday Nights at The Henry Ford.

 

The Henry Ford Birthplace, Greenfield Village

Merry Christmas! The Henry Ford Birthplace, Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, Dearborn

 

Are you mailing Christmas cards this year?

Are you mailing Christmas cards this year?

 

Decorate in a big way, Frankenmuth

Decorate in a big way! Giant ornaments suspended from the ceiling at Bronner’s, the World’s Largest Christmas Store in Frankenmuth, Michigan

 

Paige at the opening of her exhibition, "What Wears Whom."

Daughter Paige at the opening of her exhibition “What Wears Whom” at Cornell University. She enjoyed this fantastic experience thanks to a grant she was awarded by the Cornell Council for the Arts.

 

Detroit mural: Go Getters. Dont Disrespect!!! This Community is U…

Detroit mural: Go Getters. Dont Disrespect!!! This Community is U…

 

Anchor of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, Dossin Museum, Detroit

Anchor of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, Dossin Museum, Detroit

Anchor of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, the Great Lakes freighter that sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975 with the loss of all 29 hands. The anchor is at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit.

A house near Hell, Michigan

A house near Hell, Michigan

 Happy Halloween!

Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City

Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City

 

Can you see the two eagles soaring?

Can you see the two eagles soaring?

I could use a longer lens.

Taken at dawn, over Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula.

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Good Morning, Lake Superior…near Marquette

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At the Studebaker National Museum, South Bend, Indiana

 

At Detroit's Eastern Market

At Detroit’s Eastern Market

At a shop in Shipshewana, Indiana

At a shop in Shipshewana, Indiana

Detect a hint of fall in the air?

 

End of summer, near Tecumseh in southeast Michigan

End of summer, near Tecumseh in southeast Michigan

Lightkeepers’ quarters at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point, Upper Peninsula

Lightkeepers’ quarters at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point, Upper Peninsula

Vignettes like this make me wonder what it would have been like to be the kid of a Great Lakes lightkeeper at a remote spot on the inland seas.

 

Sweet little roadside stop along the AuSable River with sis Karen

Sweet little roadside stop along the AuSable River with sis Karen

 

Who you tellin' summer's over?

Who you tellin’ summer’s over?

Down on the farm at Mattawan Artisan Creamery, makers of goat cheese and yogurt in Mattawan, Michigan.

 

Kirklin Gardens, Kalamazoo

Kirklin Gardens, Kalamazoo

 

 

Cool jazz at the Detroit Institute of Arts Friday Night Lawn Party

Cool jazz at the Detroit Institute of Arts Friday Night Lawn Party

The Hot Club of Detroit performed its swingin’ brand of jazz outdoors at the Friday Night Lawn Party at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Catch two more free concerts on September 13 and September 20. Family-friendly activities happen on the South Lawn throughout the weekend. See details at DIA.org 

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Plein air painter at Oval Beach on Lake Michigan, Saugatuck

Along the trail at the Shipwreck Museum, near Paradise on Lake Superior

Along the trail at the Shipwreck Museum, near Paradise on Lake Superior

Get a room

Get a room

A couple admires a Desoto (or is it the sign pointing to an actual, vintage hotel room) in the Driving America exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

A resident llama at Topliff's Tara Bed & Breakfast, Williamston, Michigan

A resident llama at Topliff’s Tara Bed & Breakfast, Williamston, Michigan

Chillin’ at Topliff’s Tara B&B

 

Mural in Detroit's Mexicantown

Mural in Detroit’s Mexicantown

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The Detroit Mercantile Co., Eastern Markety

At The Detroit Mercantile Co., Eastern Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from Mackinaw City, vintage "postcard"

Greetings from Mackinaw City, or is it Maine?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found this souvenir at TJ’s parents’ house. It measures just 2-1/2″x4″ and is stuffed with balsam needles. We have no idea how old it is but the fragrance is long gone and the attached tag shows that the postage would have been 25 cents.

Unfortunately, that tag also indicates that this “Michigan” souvenir was actually produced by an outfit in Maine.

 

In an artist's garden, Upper Peninsula

In an artist’s garden, Upper Peninsula

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In a garden, Upper Peninsula

 

Tahquamenon State Park, Upper Peninsula

Tahquamenon State Park, Upper Peninsula

Comerica Park, Detroit

Comerica Park, Detroit

Vote for Detroit Tiger Joaquin Benoit for the All Star team. Voting ends July 11.

Penn Theatre, Plymouth, Michigan

Penn Theatre, Plymouth, Michigan

Watch classic and first run movies on the big screen at the 1941 Penn Theatre in beautiful downtown Plymouth, west of Detroit. The restored, single screen movie house seats 402.

 

Naubinway's July 4th parade, Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Naubinway’s July 4th parade, Upper Peninsula, Michigan

 

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A visit to Detroit is on the To Do list for G.G., a high school student from the Bay area of California who was on a college tour in Pasadena when I asked her about her T-shirt (a vintage logo from the late 1970s) and old English D bracelets.

G.G.’s mom is originally from Birmingham, Michigan, and the young lovely has heard lots of cool things about the city not only from her mom but from her peers, so she is a total fan and reeeeeally wants to visit. ASAP.

 

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Upper Peninsula

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Upper Peninsula

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Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse, Port Austin, Lake Huron

Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse, Port Austin, Lake Huron

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With Liberty and Justice for All exhibit, The Henry Ford museum, Dearborn

With Liberty and Justice for All exhibit, The Henry Ford museum, Dearborn

50 years ago today, on June 23, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led Detroit’s Walk to Freedom with an estimated 125,000 participants making it, at that point, “the largest civil rights demonstration in the nation’s history,” according to the Detroit Free Press. After the walk he delivered an address that included his soon-to-be-famous “I have a dream” quote. See Michigan.gov

Yes, Virginia, it does rain on Mackinac Island

Yes, Virginia, it does rain on Mackinac Island

 

Sunset, Upper Peninsula

Sunset, Upper Peninsula

 

Hammers are repaired, not disposed of, at Mary's City of David religious community, Benton Harbor

Hammers are repaired, not disposed of, at Mary’s City of David religious community, Benton Harbor

Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan

Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan

 

The Glorious Church of God, Detroit

The Glorious Church of God, Detroit

Boulevard Market, Tecumseh

Boulevard Market, Tecumseh

 

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Street vendor, Detroit’s Mexicantown

All photos copyright Kath Usitalo