Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Friday was my annual "Sister Shopping Day" day with WikidKriket. This year we poked around Ann Arbor, and one of our stops was at Peaceable Kingdom.
Notice anything unusual about this picture?
Peaceable Kingdom is one of nine establishments in Ann Arbor that has a "Fairy Door" installed!
And let's not forget the local artist who had to add his two cents on the front sidewalk!
You just never know what you will see if you keep your eyes open!
Happy Holiday Shopping!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Spent some time this weekend on beautiful Belle Isle (historic island in the middle of the Detroit River).
Took this picture of the newsboy statue with the Detroit skyline in the background.
"Partners" is a statue of a newsboy and his dog. The original statue was dedicated on this spot in 1897 in the presence of over 5,000 Michigan newsboys.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Marshall M. Fredericks, sculptor and philanthropist, is a native of nearby Birmingham, MI.
"One of the most prolific sculptors of the twentieth century, Marshall M. Fredericks is known in America and abroad for his monumental figurative sculpture, public memorials and fountains, portraits, and animal figures. His sculptures can be found in more than 150 public and corporate locations in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, Wisconsin, Denmark, England, Freeport Grand Bahama Island, Finland, Japan, Norway and Sweden. Fredericks' works are located in parks and gardens, government embassies and royal palaces, museums and zoos, universities, hospitals, and libraries.
Imagine my surprise in tripping over 3 of his Leaping Gazelle statues on my home turf during my recent adventures:
|Detroit Zoological Gardens - Royal Oak, MI|
|Whitcomb Conservatory - Belle Isle, MI|
|Graves of Marshall and Rosalind Fredericks|
Down the street from the Fredericks' former studio
Greenwood Cemetery - Birmingham, MI
Pretty cool, eh?
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Museums Without Walls
My family has simple pleasures: history, travel, art and photography. You can understand our love of waymarking.
Waymarking is an activity where people locate and log interesting locations around the world, usually with a GPS receiver and a digital camera. ~ Wikipedia
One of our favorite categories is cemeteries. Now, we aren't morbid. Instead, we appreciate the original purpose of the cemetery: a peaceful park, away from the bustle of the city, to perambulate, to visit with family, and honor the deceased.
Cemeteries were once considered "museums without walls" with some of the most beautiful monuments and parks created during America's Golden Age. Cemeteries were also the foundation for our National Park System.
As a former military wife, we have explored Civil War battle & burial grounds, New England parks filled with patriots and poets, and Old West burial grounds with their fabulous epitaphs.
In celebration of Halloween, I thought I'd share some of my favorite local cemeteries and headstones from Southeastern Michigan.
|Mausoleum door ornamentation|
|Dodge Brothers Mausoleums|
|Tree headstones are VERY popular in SE Michigan|
|Joyous Duck in Oakwood Cemetery, Farmington|
|Zinc headstones (also called "white bronze") were mass produced for about 40 years (1870-1910ish). They glow light blue, have raised lettering, and the side panels could be installed at will. They were produced in Detroit and Chicago.|
|Must visit the fallen heroes.|
|Another zinc stone|
|Someone added an ad to this zinc headstone!|
|Protected grave of Henry Ford. The grill is called a "mortsafe". His wife (not pictured) is buried next to him in an identical grave).|
|You can see an additional mausoleum and monument, in the background, across Willow Lake.|
|Willow Lake in Woodlawn Cemetery|
|If you peek in the mausoleums in Woodlawn Cemetery, you can see some amazing stainglass.|
|Can't have Ford and Dodge without adding Buick, in the Motor City!|
|A tree stump normally signifies the person died young (or "in their prime").|
Hope you found this interesting. Happy Halloween!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
It's Wednesday again! Time for more fabulous waymarks encountered in my wanderings.
The Detroit Institute of Arts has a Fall program Inside|Out where they have placed 80 reproductions of their more famous pieces around 10 Greater Detroit locations. Not only does this bring art to the public, but also brings many visitors to some of the most fabulous historic districts in Southeastern Michigan.
So far, I have made it to 4 of the 10. Here are quick highlights of my travels so far:
|Milford - Woman in an Armchair|
|Milford - The Flat Iron Building|
|Franklin - A Woman|
|Franklin - Shop on Franklin Street|
|Belleville - Bude Sands at Sunset|
|Belleville - Boardwalk|
|Warren - Portrait of a Mughal Prince|
|Warren - Arch at Civic Center|
This program combines so many of my loves: travel, history, Michigan, art, DIA and.... geocaching! As well as erecting 80 pieces of art, the DIA (in association with the local MIGO group) has planted 1 "puzzle cache" at each location.
More adventures coming!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
It's Wednesday again - time to show off some treasures from my recent travels!
|Berry Lake - Commerce Township|
|Art Prizes - Grand Rapids|
|Pelican from John Ball Zoo|
|Tollgate Farm - Farmington|
|Train Tracks - Traverse City|
|ME! Hometown Ferndale|
|Bridge - Harsen's Island|
|Lower Huron Metropark|
|Yates Cider Mill - Rochester|
Cider Mills are HUGE here!
|Gazebo - Burgh of Southfield|
|Greasy spoon - Warren|
|Octagon House - Shelby Township|
|Detroit Skyline & Ambassador Bridge - Belle Isle|
|Manoogian Stain Glass - Detroit Institute of Arts|
Hope you like the latest tour of my treasures!
Not all those who wander are lost ~ J.R.R. Tolkein