Photography & Film

Legendary Ice Caves on Lake Michigan!


mLive called out this incredible video by Tom Auch and George Meredith of the massive ice caves off the western shore of Leelanau County.

Getting to the formations is no easy task, he (Meredith) warned. Observers need to be careful about jagged terrain and ice alterations that could be dangerous. He suggested that some type of walking cleats are needed.

“You have to go out pretty far. That’s the rub,” he said. “You have ridges that you have to go around.”

Since news stations began reporting on the ice formations a couple of days ago, large numbers of people have come to see them.

“This is a once-in-a-decade natural beauty,” Meredith said. “Some of the caves literally have loft formations in them.”

They are located off Gills Pier about 7 miles north of Leelanau and the article includes a map. I feel compelled to add that Lake Michigan is deep, cold and dangerous so please use some common sense and buddy up!

Northern Lights predicted for Michigan tonight!


Aurora Borealis ... over 'the Narrows'

Aurora Borealis … over ‘the Narrows’ by Ken Scott

The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center:

CME on the way…Want to see the Northern Lights?

We have completed initial analysis of the CME associated with today’s X1 (NOAA Scale – R3) solar flare from Region 1944 (center disk) and have developed a forecast for a geoeffective event. Despite the CME not coming directly at Earth, a partial impact to the magnetic field that protects Earth is expected and a resulting geomagnetic storm as high as G3 (strong) levels is forecast to begin early to midday (UTC) on Thursday, 9 January (just after midnight to early morning hours EST).

It looks like we will have clearing late so you might want to set a 5 AM alarm! They also say that Friday night there’s a chance of aurora if we get clouded out! More aurora info at Space Weather.

You can view Ken’s photo bigger on Flickr and also check out an awesome time lapse from the October 2013 Northern Lights below!

Michigan in Pictures 8 Year Anniversary

I remember 8 years ago

I remember 8 years ago… by MightyBoyBrian

Every day except Sunday, the Absolute Michigan homepage features publisher Andrew McFarlane’s personal photo blog, Michigan in Pictures. The daily blog started on December 30, 2005 and has featured 2,494 photos of and from the Great Lakes State.

Here are some ways to share your photos if you’d like to be a part of it all:

Definitely head over to Michigan in Pictures and subscribe or like the Facebook page for a daily dose of Michigan!

The Legend of the Michigan Dogman

Michigan has some strange tales, but few are stranger than that of the Dogman. Some say the story began with a 1987 radio prank by Northern Michigan radio personality Steve Cook. Following the broadcast, Cook was surprised when listeners began sharing their stories of the beast. Surprise turned to shock, however, when a cabin near Luther was attacked by some kind of canine.

One of the many encounters listed on Steve Cook’s great website took place in the summer of 1938. 17-year-old Robert Fortney was fishing on the banks of the Muskegon River near Paris, Michigan when a pack of what appeared to be large feral dogs emerged from the woods:

Fortney remained silent, but the sensitive noses of the dogs quickly picked up his scent. Since he had been small game hunting earlier in the day, Fortney had his loaded rifle nearby. As the dogs approached, they assumed the group posture of a pack on a hunt. Fortney picked up the gun and fired a shot into the air.

Sunset on Mackinac

Stephanie of Stephanie Stevens Photography recently added a few timelapses from Mackinac Island to the Absolute Michigan pool on Flickr. About her incredible timelapse of Mackinac Island harbor at sunset, she writes:

Hour & a halfish time lapse of Mackinac Island as the sun goes down, with ferries coming & going, horse carriages & bicycles on the streets, people in the park, & even some glowing Frisbees. :)

Watch it in HD and definitely check out Stephanie’s Flickr, her photography site and also a timelapse of stars at Arch Rock. More from Mackinac on Absolute Michigan.

Absolute Michigan Background Photos

Here are the photos we’ve used as Absolute Michigan backgrounds. If you’d like to share yours, add them to the Michigan Cover Photos Group on Flickr … and while you’re at it, share it in the Absolute Michigan pool.

Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors by AcrylicArtist

To Be In Green

To Be In Green by MightyBoyBrian

Grand Sable Banks Evening Light
Grand Sable Banks Evening Light by Gary of the North(Footsore Fotography)

We’ll add the rest soon.

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    North Country Dreamland: Northern Lights and the skies of Northern Michigan

North Country Dreamland: Northern Lights and the skies of Northern Michigan

I am going to guess that the video below is the most incredible thing you will see today, and quite likely for many days. There’s lots more about photographer Shawn Stockman Malone of Lake Superior Photo and this project below, but first please settle back, click the full screen view at the bottom right and enjoy her amazing video, North Country Dreamland.

North Country Dreamland from LakeSuperiorPhoto on Vimeo.

Cold enough for ya?

Blindfold 2XA friend & Michigan expatriate sent me the Michigan Temperature Conversion Chart. I thought it might be nice to pair with some photos, and also that you might enjoy COLD, as performed by the Absolute Michigan Pool.

I’m told that sculptor Jim Gavril of East Lansing deserves the credit for the chart! Click the photos to view them bigger!

28/365/1489 (July 9, 2012) - Squirrel Pancake at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)@ +70 degrees

Texans turn on the heat and unpack the thermal underwear.
People in Michigan go swimming in the rivers.

Future Garden@ +60 degrees

North Carolinians try to turn on the heat.
People in Michigan plant gardens.

Dwarfed by the giant crane@ +50 degrees

Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Michigan sunbathe.

Fly By@ +40 degrees

Italian & English cars won’t start.
People in Michigan drive with the windows down.

Fozen Odyssey ... Lake Michigan January 2007 color version@ +32 degrees

Distilled water freezes.
Lake Michigan water gets thicker.

Brothers in Arms@ +20 degrees

Floridians put on coats, thermal underwear, gloves and woolly hats.
People in Michigan throw on a flannel shirt.

Not Gonna Grill No More@ +15 degrees

Philadelphia landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Michigan have the last cookout before it gets cold.

N. State St.@ +10 degrees

People in Miami all die.
People in Michigan lick the flagpole.

winter morning ritual@ 0 degrees

Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in Michigan get out their winter coats.

Zero degree windchill@ -10 degrees

Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in Michigan are selling cookies door to door.

Walk in the Woods@ -25 degrees

Polar bears begin to evacuate the Arctic.
Michigan Boy Scouts postpone “Winter Survival” classes until it gets cold enough.

No Better Artist than Mother Nature@ -30 degrees

Mount St. Helen’s freezes.
People in Michigan rent some videos.

Drunken Fools@ -40 degrees

Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Spartans get frustrated because they can’t thaw the keg.

Curious cows@ -45 degrees

Microbial life no longer survives on dairy products.
Cows in Michigan complain about farmers with cold hands.

Winter Surfing!@ -60 degrees

ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero in the Kelvin scale).
People in Michigan start saying, “Cold ’nuff for ya?”

Hell Froze Over!!!@ -100 degrees

Hell freezes over.
The Detroit Lions win the Super Bowl!

Photo Links…

Detroit’s Sixto “Sugar Man” Rodriguez on 60 Minutes

Sixto Rodriguez performs at TCFF by Gary Howe
Sixto Rodriguez performs at TCFF by Gary Howe

This summer I had the great good fortune to see the documentary Searching for Sugar Man at the Traverse City Film Festival. If you haven’t seen it, seek it out as it’s a wonderful film.

Watch the interview with subject Sixto “Sugar Man” Rodriguez below and check out Searching for Sugar Man from Sony Pictures Classics.

They also have him performing a song and an extra about how success was measured in the Rodriguez household.

A Song to Cinema from the Traverse City Film Festival

Michael Moore & Wim Wenders by John Russell
Michael Moore & Wim Wenders by John Russell

Earlier this month at the 2012 Traverse City Film Festival, Absolute Michigan had the good fortune to work with The Treefort Collective on an amazing project that explored how filmmakers fell in love with the cinema, how it captured their imaginations and why watching a film on the big screen is such a special experience.

The video features Academy Award Winner Michael Moore, Academy Award Winner Terry George, 2 time Academy Award Nominee Wim Wenders, 3 time Academy Award Nominee Julia Reichert, Mark Cousins, Ira Deutchman and Brian Knappenberger. Watch below or (recommended) click for HD viewing on YouTube.