Been a while since I got the old 5 out of the bag.
At the very top of the image is a round white patch – this is Lake Nipigon, which is still frozen over. Nipigon is a large lake (70 miles by 50 miles), and is the largest contained entirely within Ontario. The lake drains into the Nipigon river and ultimately the Nipigon Bay of Lake Superior. The lake has tall cliffs and unusual beaches made of green-black pyroxene sand.
Another interesting feature to note on this image, are the jet contrails over Lake Superior.
Click over to the photo for large to massive view of the image. Dave also found a fascinating report on the Huron Ridge. This summer, Luke Clyburn of the Great Lakes division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps will be leading an exploration of this underwater ridge that features 7,000-year-old petrified forests, with bark intact, beneath 20 metres of water three kilometres off the Lake Huron shoreline in Michigan. The team will be filming a sequel to the award-winning Great Lakes, Ancient Shores – Sinkholes documentary. We’ll try and get a more thorough report on this!
This weekend on Michigan in Pictures we kicked off our exploration of the Mackinac Bridge in this its 50th year. We’re hoping (with the help of a lot of people) to tell the story of the Mighty Mac in the weeks and months ahead.
A trip to my sadly neglected feed reader produced a post by Eric Baerren about Governor Granholm’s hope to re-brand Michigan as the alternative energy capital of the world. Eric notes that Michigan will have a hard time rebranding itself as the alternative energy capital of the nation. California is already well ahead of us, in both use of things like wind and also in encouraging research and manufacturing. I have to add that the folks over at the Apollo Alliance have been sounding this call for several years and have great plans with economic and job numbers that will make your eyes pop out.
Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry talked with pollster Ed Sarpolus of Lansing-based EPIC/MRA about the poll of Michigan voters conducted in the first week of May for the Detroit News. The poll found that 84% believe there is a budget crisis, and that 64% favor a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. With a June 1 shutdown looming, perhaps this will provide a gentle shove to get this budget process back on track.
Finally, wizardkitten snapped this great photo of former Tiger teammates Tom Brookens and Lance Parrish and says that old Tigers never die, they end up managing in the Midwest League. Brookens manages the West Michigan Whitecaps and Parrish is the skipper of Great Lakes Loons. The Loons managed a 3-2 come from behind victory and you can get info on the teams and ball parks from Joel Dinda’s Midwest League Guide pages for the Midland’s Great Lakes Loons and the West Michigan Whitecaps of Grand Rapids.