Wednesday, October 26, 2011

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Waymarking Edition

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

Mausoleum Door

More doors

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

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Waymarking Edition

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

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Waymarking Edition

This was my weekend: Huron Meadows and Hudson Mills Metroparks!

Call me biased, but my home state Michigan is gorgeous!

Happy Fall!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Waymarking Edition

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