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!

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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.

April is Michigan Wine Month

Ready for the Harvest by lpwines
Ready for the Harvest by lpwines

Following tradition, Governor Snyder has once again proclaimed April to be Michigan Wine Month. Our state’s wine industry continues to grow at a steady pace, and the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council added 11 new wineries to its roster over the last year, giving Michigan a total of 92.

The 2011 vintage is by all counts amazing. Black Star Farms winemaker Lee Lutes has tasted many wines with his fellow vintners and relates “I don’t think there’s a winemaker in Leelanau who is not as excited about the 2011 vintage as they’ve ever been about any vintage. We have exceptional quality across a broad range of white and red wines with an almost unprecedented volume. Our 2011 Pinot Noirs and Rieslings are some of the best we’ve ever seen, and I think that every winery on the Peninsula is feeling the same level of enthusiasm for this vintage.”

Our friends Shannon and Cortney Casey at Michigan By the Bottle have jumped into Wine Month with both feet. They are once again offering their Super Huge Michigan Wine Month Giveaway. It’s bigger and better than ever in 2012 and features 28+ daily giveaways of all kinds of prizes & tickets from Michigan wineries and wine trails.

If you can’t make it out to the tasting rooms please take time to explore Michigan wine through Absolute Michigan’s Michigan Wine section and the Michigan Wine & Grape Industry Council web site to learn about the excellent offerings that are produced right here in the Mitten!

Fly High at the Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament

pine-mountain-ski-jumpEvery year the Kiwanis Ski Club in Iron Mountain holds the Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Competition, one of the best tournaments in the United world. The first competition was held in 1939, making 2012 is the 73rd annual. The event takes place the weekend of February 11-12, 2012 and will draw top US & international jumpers from a dozen countries along with over 20,000 spectators .

The Pine Mountain ski slide was at one time was the highest artificial ski jump in the world and is still known throughout the world as one of the best jumping hills. At the first Pine Mountain Tournament, Bob Roecker, riding for the Duluth Ski Club, shattered the American jumping record with a leap of 257 feet.

For questions regarding tickets, please contact the Kiwanis Ski Club (906) 779-1110 or (800) 236-2447.  This video from Pine Mountain 2008 is a little bright, but it gives you a good sense of this exciting event. Here’s another video with lots more jumps from the Continental Cup, but we have to give you this great newsreel from the 1950s voiced by Mel Allen. It was shot in Iron Mountain, and features several local jumpers including then 9-year-old Willie Erickson, a two-time Olympian and FIS World Championship competitor. Also don’t miss the jumping videos from the Kiwanis club!

Today is Veterans Day

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
~Elmer Davis

Today’s photo and quotation is provided by luna.nik and I think that it pretty much sums up what is asked, what is given and what we are called to remember and honor on Veterans Day and all the year long.

If you don’t get a chance to get out to Veteran’s Day parades or ceremonies to hear some veterans speak, you can see some interviews with veterans from the Southfield Veterans Commission that were produced as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. This one features Herbert Howard of Southfield and there are many more right here.

Much more Michigan Veterans Day information.

Michigan: Great Lakes Surfing Capital

Surfing Michigan by farlane

We’ve pulled together a great collection of Great Lakes & Michigan surfing videos with a few links:

Did we miss something? Of course we did!! Tell us and/or add a link in the comments.

Halloween Fun from the Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons kick off the 2008 season TONIGHT (Oct 30) at the Palace vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. You can get upper level tickets for just $15 and $5 of that goes to breast cancer research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.

You can also download Detroit Pistons pumpkin stencils of – can you believe how dramatically changed the 2009-2010 Detroit Pistons are?? – Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups, Michael Curry, Richard Hamilton, Amir Johnson, Jason Maxiell, Antonio McDyess, Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey, Rasheed Wallace and Hooper. Then carve one and send the photo of it to for their Pistons Pumpkin photo gallery.

Here’s a video from last year’s opener…

The Woodward Dream Cruise, a Detroit Classic

Red, White and Chrome Dream Cruise by kelley girl

The 15th annual Woodward Dream Cruise happens this Saturday, August 15, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. It’s billed as the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture, and with more 1.7 million visitors and over than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles, it delivers. Be sure to check out their Woodward Dream Cruise history page!

Speaking of history, Michigan in Pictures has an excerpt from Cruisin’ the Original: Woodward Avenue from Arcadia Publishing that features some excellent photos from the 1950s. Did someone say photos? Check out this Flickr slideshow of Woodward Dream Cruise photos.

The Detroit News are official sponsors of the event and are featuring extensive Woodward Dream Cruise coverage of the activities, photo galleries, live video on Cruise day and live blogging as the event unfolds. Do not miss their Interactive: Your guide to the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Absolute Michigan’s video correspondents Scott Allman and Jim McClain visited the Woodward Dream Cruise in 2008 and got some great shots of the cars along with interviews with the interesting and colorful characters that make up the world’s largest one-day car event:

It’s definitely worth clicking over to see the high quality version.

Larry Charles, Jeff Garlin, Michael Moore and others on the Traverse City Film Festival

Director Larry Charles, Producer/ Actor Jeff Garlin, festival co-founder Michael Moore, TCFF Director Deb Lake and others give their thoughts on Traverse City and the Traverse City Film Festival in this video by Scott Allman Video.

Absolute Michigan: On Location has much more coverage from the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival.