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About the photo above Sam writes:
Took a walk in a park literally 100 feet behind my house, the sun was setting and I really like how it looked with the pine trees, so…I set up my tri-pod, did 5 different exposures, and used Photomatix and Lightroom to finish off the photo. And as Jenny Walters pointed out, a perfect “Where the Wild Things Are” scene!
The photo to the right is Wild Things by Apocaplops, and it appeared on Michigan in Pictures to mark the sad occasion of the passing of Maurice Sendak. I was asked today “What does Maurice Sendak have to do with Michigan? Fortunately for the Michigan-centric integrity of Absolute Michigan, it turns out that a video featured in Tuesday’s email, Where the Wild Things Are (as read by Christopher Walken), was created by Saginaw musician and filmmaker Chris Howard. Check out the mLive story on this.
One of the wild things that’s out and about right now are morel mushrooms. It was therefore both very fitting and very cool that the 150,000th photo added to our Absolute Michigan group on Flickr was the photo to the right by Christine aka LadyDragonflyCC, one of the 3200 photographers in our Flickr group!
Speaking of morels, don’t miss the annual Mesick Morel Mushroom Festival today through Sunday (May 11-13) and the National Morel Mushroom Festival next weekend (May 17-20) in Boyne City. Other events from our May Calendar that you might want to put on your radar for next weekend are Durand Railroad Days (May 18-20), the Empire Asparagus Festival (May 18-20), the East Lansing Art Festival (May 19-20) and the Great Lakes Wine Fest at Michigan International Speedway (May 19).
The one to make sure you don’t forget is of course Mother’s Day!
One wild time that’s coming up soon is Movement Detroit, an annual festival celebrating electronic music. Detroit is widely considered to be the birthplace of techno, and you can click the photo to see Terry Johnston’s photo bigger and to read an incredible history of the festival on Michigan in Pictures.
Other stories on Absolute Michigan included new talk of Yooper Secession, a project that is building new spawning reefs for sturgeon in the St. Clair River, and a pair of Michigan-made movies. The first is out. It’s a love story called The Giant Mechanical Man that stars Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina and Topher Grace.
The second is a documentary about living in Detroit as told through the eyes of three generations. It’s called Street Fighting Man and we really encourage you to check out this powerful film and help them if you can with their Kickstarter project to finish the film!
The Daily Michigan Giveaway
We have emailed the winners of a pair of tickets to the National Morel Mushroom Festival. We’re also gearing up for a ton of summer festival giveaways. If you want to be a part of that or have another Michigan product or service you would like to promote through a giveaway, reply to this email or click for the details.
Today on The Daily Michigan we’re giving away a custom giclee printed image of your choice from photographer Mark S. Carlson. You can choose from any on his website or his artist Facebook page. The 12 X 18″ image will be archivally printed on 13 X 19″ matte paper and personally signed.
While you can pick any photo he has, we thought that we would feature this picture of a large chunk of puddingstone from Drummond Island:
James G. Kelley writes about puddingstone on the Drummond Island website saying:
Jasper Conglomerate, locally known as PUDDINGSTONE finds its beginnings in the Huronian Period of the Proterozoic Era, an estimated billion years ago. During this time great amounts of sediment that came from erosion from older rocks were deposited in large bodies of water. The different hues of red jasper pebbles were deposited in small parts over an east west band about fifty miles in size that lays mainly in Ontario, but touches a small area of the Upper Peninsula. Sandstone under the weight of later sediments formed the grains becoming sand conglomerates. Erosion and weathering uncovered loose fragments and great masses were moved by the Labrador portion of the continental sheets.
The Puddingstone got its name from the British settlers that were stationed at area forts like that found on Drummond. It is so named because the English believed it looked like boiled suet pudding with berries. The one you see below is an example of a Jasper Conglomerate. Puddingstones can be found as small as a pebble and larger than a dump truck! They can be found along the shores of Drummond in our forests and anywhere earth has been turned.
Have a great weekend everyone!