Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wall Art - Mexican Village - Detroit, Michigan

Another beautiful piece of artwork.  I don't know who did this, but it is beautiful.  There is a lot of symbolism in this piece.  We noticed that this kind of art is respected - and seldom is it defaced, or destroyed. 

Lake Michigan

Feeling the force of the wind - South Haven Lighthouse.

Lake Michigan Effected by Hurricane Sandy

Lake Michigan felt the effects of "Sandy".  Waves at this lighthouse near Benton Harbor were officially reaching 16-18 feet and winds at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.   Note that the pier is entirely underwater.   I can't even imagine what the people on the east coast went through.  Our prayers are with them as they recover from this devastating event.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stone Barn

We have been taking photos of unusual barns for a long time.  This one takes the prize.  It is very unusual for our part of the country.  It is now abandoned and no longer used. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wall Art

3D wall art found in Mexican Village in Detroit, Michigan.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Close Up View of Fall

Some people really get into the spirit of the season. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Peace in the Valley

Enjoying the weather while the grass is still green.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall View from the Past

We pass this beautiful home on the way to town.  We have been told that this was Henry Ford's summer home.  Mr. Ford and his friends visited here often - back in the day.  I wonder what stories these wall could tell?  I think this place is beautiful all year around - but fall is my favorite.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Another of the Many Faces of Detroit

While exploring the city of Detroit we discovered this beautiful Roman Catholic Church, Ste Anne's.  Despite all the negative publicity, there are some wonderful places to explore in Detroit, a city rich in history important to Michigan.

Let me introduce you to Ste Anne's Roman Catholic Church.
On July 26, 1701, two days after arriving, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit, built a chapel dedicated to Saint Anne, the patron saint of New France.  The church records, which date from 1704, are now the second oldest continuous Roman Catholic parish records in the nation.  The cornerstone for the present Gothic Revival building, was laid in 1886.  The church displays the oldest stained glass in the city.  Father Gabriel Jacques Richard arrived in Detroit in 1798.  In 1802 he became the pastor of Ste Anne's Church.  He brought a printing press to the area and in 1809 printed Michigan’s first newspaper, The Michigan Essay or Impartial Observer.  In 1817 Father Richard and Revered John Monteith (a Presbyterian minister), became the first professors of the University of Michigan, the territory’s pioneer educational establishment.  Richard also established schools for girls and Indian children.  From 1823 to 1825 Father Richard was the Michigan Territory’s delegate to the United States Congress and was instrumental in gaining support for the Territorial Road, which linked Detroit and Chicago, opening Michigan to settlement.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall in the Country

Ride the Rails

This is a great time of the year to hop on a train and enjoy the off road countryside.