Category Archives: Michigan

Detroit Murals in the Market Walking Tour in Eastern Market

Some of the best experiences I’ve had in Detroit up until now have involved murals. The stories they tell, the design and creativity of, and the simple fact that you can touch and interact with them has made for eye-opening experiences when in the city. Recently I was invited by Feet on the Street Tours to go on an Eastern Market mural tour. Of course I jumped at the chance!

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

During a two-week period every year at the market is the world-renowned Murals in the Market, an international mural and public arts festival. Artists of all ages and skill sets from all over the world converge on Eastern Market to create dozens of new murals. They decorate the streets of this historic market and neighborhood.

The Feet on the Street’s “Murals in the Market Walking Tour” I did took place right after this festival.

Tip: Head down to Eastern Market during the festival to catch the artists in action, watching new murals come to life.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Becky, the Business Manager for Feet on the Street, was our tour guide for the two-hour walk. She was very informative throughout, telling us not just about some of the pieces and their backstories, but also gave a lot of good information about the festival and Eastern Market. You could definitely tell the passion she has for this neighborhood and Detroit. Things were kept light, as there was lots of laughter throughout.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

As we were walking we passed by random coffee spots, meat, produce and international markets, breweries, and a lot more. Add In fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees, plants, etc. if you are touring here on a farmers market day. The hustle-and-bustle and all the people just walking around experiencing this part of Detroit is refreshing to see.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

The tour began and ended along Russell Street in the heart of the market. In between a few pieces, amongst the dozens we took in, caught my eye.

The most Instagrammed mural currently in the area is this 2017 festival edition from Brandan “BMike” Odums from New Orleans and Detroit-based Rick Williams. You can find it at the corner of Adelaide and Orleans.

Murals in the Market, Eastern Market, Detroit, Brandan BMike Odums mural

One that has been around a few years right along Russell Street is “Flyboys” by Hebru Brantley. I check it out every time I am down here.

Flyboys mural, Hebru Brantley in Eastern Market, Detroit

I had no idea murals could go 3-D?! Detroit-based artist Ellen Rutt brings various shapes and colors to life in an alley off Orleans between Adelaide and Winder Streets.

Murals in the Market, 3-D mural by Ellen Rutt, Eastern Market, Detroit

I will let the rest of the murals and Eastern Market scenes tell the story.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Todays tour just added to the memorable Detroit mural walk experiences I’ve enjoyed. I highly recommend checking out the Detroit Eastern Market murals, even if on your own.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Feet on the Street gives other Eastern Market tours, like their “Come Hungry, Leave Happy” food tour, which I have experienced. Private, customized Detroit tours for various size groups are also offered. You can find Feet on the Street on Facebook and Twitter.

Checkout The First Detroit Mural Photo Walk I did many years ago.

Have you ever gone on a city mural walk? Any that you would recommend?

Experiencing Ann Arbor Fall Colors in Nichols Arboretum

In all my time around Ann Arbor I had never gone on a stroll through the vast and hilly Nichols Arboretum, “the Arb”, in the Fall. I had the chance to walk the western end of the park the other day alongside University of Michigan Hospital. It sure did not disappoint.

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

I found myself looking up, up, up at the taller than life trees as I captured Ann Arbor Fall colors. I walked amongst 100-year-old native and exotic trees in a 123-acre landscaped masterpiece which is co-owned by the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor.

Nichols Arboretum is a highly recommended spot for photographers, going for a walk or run or just getting away from it all for a few.

Ann Arbor Fall colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

The Huron riverfront, vast hills and subsequent climbing, along with all of the walking trails made for a memorable Autumn experience.

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall leaves, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Up-top the tallest of the hills I exited the Autumn beauty finding myself on E. Medical Center Drive at the hospital.

Tip: Don’t put the camera away if exiting here. I was able to capture beautiful views of the surrounding area just outside “the Arb” as I walked alongside the hospital entrances.

Ann Arbor Fall leaves, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall leaves, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor overlook from University of Michigan hospital, Fall colors

Ann Arbor overlook from University of Michigan hospital, Fall colors

Where else would you recommend capturing Ann Arbor Fall colors from?

The 2018 Edition of Pure Michigan Fall Colors

This year’s edition of Autumn is almost done in Pure Michigan and the Midwest.

To be honest you really can’t go wrong anywhere this time of year in Michigan. The beautiful red, yellow and orange Michigan fall colors will pop out at you at a moment’s notice. What makes it exciting is that every year is different due to the weather. Things will change earlier or later and in different patterns then you expect. I kind of like the Fall colors mixed in with the greens of summer. The more colors to capture in one spot I say the better!

Most of my Fall color exploration was confined again to the Ann Arbor area. Well without further ado:

Parker Mill County Park, Ann Arbor Fall colors

A go to Fall spot, Parker Mill County Park on the east end of Ann Arbor.

Island Park, Ann Arbor

A scenic place for children to run and play in Ann Arbor at Island Park.

Fuller Park, Ann Arbor

Fall leaves dot the landscape at Fuller Park in Ann Arbor. The world-renowned University of Michigan hospital straight ahead.

Fall colors in Ann Arbor

Go-to Ann Arbor neighborhood spot to capture Fall colors. Argo Drive alongside Beckley Park.

Ann Arbor Autumn colors

Go-to Ann Arbor neighborhood spot to capture Fall colors. Argo Drive alongside Beckley Park.

Looking up, up, up for the bright colors of the season

Looking up, up, up for the bright colors of the season.

Frosty morning at Beckley Park in Ann Arbor

Frosty morning at Beckley Park in Ann Arbor.

Frosts, hard freezes and Fall colors work beautifully together

Frosts, hard freezes and Fall colors work beautifully together.

Hard freezes and frosts are beautiful to capture at dawn amongst the colors

Hard freezes and frosts are beautiful to capture at dawn amongst the colors.

Out on the open dirt road trail at Huron Meadows Metropark

Out on the open dirt road trail at Huron Meadows Metropark.

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan fall foliage

I might like spending time at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton in Fall.

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

My favorite Fall tree which changes color before all the others. Fall has begun in Huron Meadows Metro Park in Brighton.

I head out on that Michigan dirt road once a week in Fall every year to capture Huron Meadows Metropark Fall colors.

Fall Roadtrip along Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

A Fall drive along Huron River Drive is a must Ann Arbor and Michigan experience.

Fall Roadtrip along Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Always have the camera out and ready along Ann Arbor’s Huron River Drive.

Pure Michigan fall colors coming to life in Livingston County

Pure Michigan fall colors coming to life in Livingston County.

The colors of summer and Fall work beautifully together

The colors of summer and Fall work beautifully together.

Romantic Fall picnic anyone

Romantic Fall picnic anyone?!

Hanging out alongside the Huron River at dawn just outside Ann Arbor

Hanging out alongside the Huron River at dawn just outside Ann Arbor.

Historic Delhi road bridge, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Recommended stop. A drive or walk across the historic Delhi road bridge over the Huron River.

Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor Fall colors

Delhi Road at Huron River Drive just west of Ann Arbor.

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

You never know where you’ll find Michigan Fall color magic. At Huron Meadows Metropark.

The bright reds, oranges and yellows of the season

The bright reds, oranges and yellows of the season.

Love going into trees and looking straight up

Love going into trees and looking straight up.

Fall colors at Mount Brighton, Michigan

Colors popping at Mount Brighton. That means skiing down those hills is coming soon!

Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Strolling Kensington Metropark in Milford at dawn.

Autumn sunrise, Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Watching an Autumn sunrise over Kent Lake in Kensington Metropark.

Out on the open Kensington Metropark trail in Milford.

Out on the open Kensington Metropark trail in Milford.

Out on the open Pure Michigan Fall color trail, road trip

Out on the open Pure Michigan Fall color trail.

Random Washtenaw County dirt road Fall color exploration

Random Washtenaw County dirt road Fall color exploration.

Dirt road Fall color exploration

Random Washtenaw County dirt road Fall color exploration.

Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor

A spot to just stare out without a care in the world. The bridge at Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor.

Fuller Park, Ann Arbor

A scenic backdrop for kids to play at. At Fuller Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Fall colors, Fuller Park

A scenic backdrop for kids to play at. At Fuller Park in Ann Arbor.

Island Park Fall goodness in Ann Arbor

Island Park Fall goodness in Ann Arbor.

Random dirt road exploration in Washtenaw County, Michigan

Random dirt road exploration in Washtenaw County.

Brighton and Livingston County, Michigan fall colors

Get out on Winans Lake Road in Brighton and Livingston County during the Fall season.

Corn maze at Chamber Farm on Farley, Pinckney, Michigan

Corn maze fun amongst the colors at Chambers Farm on Farley in Pinckney.

Check out some of the Michigan fall colors I captured last year in The 2017 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan.

Where have you gone around home or in your travels to capture this years Fall colors?

Taking in Another Field of Michigan Sunflowers

The calendar has flipped to August in Michigan, the days are starting to get shorter and we are on the back half of summer. That must mean it’s sunflower season! 🌻🌻🌻 This season brought me to Fowlerville in Livingston County and the sunflower field at Munsell Farms. Sunflowers galore!

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

You will find this sunflower field and Munsell Farms off W. Mason Rd. just east of Fowlerville Rd. It’s just a few miles off of Exit 129 on I-96 to the south.

Pure Michigan sunflowers

I parked alongside Mason to grab a few shots without going into the field itself. Like with my previous sunflower adventures, I choose to check them out early in the day against the early morning light.

Pure Michigan sunflowers

Pure Michigan sunflowers

Pure Michigan sunflowers

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower beauty

field of sunflowers

field of sunflowers

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower beauty

Michigan sunflower beauty

From my experience Michigan sunflowers don’t stay fully bloomed for long. If it’s late summer get out there as soon as you have the chance. 🌻🌻🌻

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Another sunflower excursion is in the books. So beautiful to see up close as always. I would contact Munsell Farms directly to inquire about grabbing a few shots from within the field itself. You can find them on Facebook.

Checkout my Michigan sunflower excursion last year near Ann Arbor in Pure Michigan Sunflowers as Far as the Eye Can See.

Where else would you recommend checking out Michigan sunflowers? Where have you come across them in your travels?

My Little Man is Starting to Experience the World

This is the first Spring and summer season where our little man is actively walking, running and wanting to be outside constantly. He also says “car ride, car ride” because he knows it probably will lead to somewhere new and fun.

Family travel time! My little man experiencing his first airport and flight.

My little man experiencing his first airport and flight.

Lots of family travel and fun has been had in the last few months. Our little man seems to be taking in something for the first time every day. He has experienced his first ocean and true beach, carnival, parade, water park, fruit farm picking, flight, museum and more just to name a few things. I know I am forgetting a lot. Per usual I will let the pictures do most of the talking.

My little man loves wide open spaces. In Punta Gorda, Florida.

My little man loves wide open spaces. More running and me chasing opportunities.

Kid travel! My little man getting his first taste of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico (ocean).

My little man getting his first taste of the Gulf of Mexico and ocean.

My little man and his first pool experience.

My little man and his first pool experience.

Kid travel. My little man and his first hands-on museum in Florida.

My little man and his first hands-on museum in Florida.

My little man will make music sounds every chance he gets.

My little man will make music sounds every chance he gets.

My little mans first carnival ride.

My little mans first carnival ride. He wanted to keep going-and-going ha!

My little man at the water park.

He was hesitant at first. Now every time we get in the car he asks if we are going to the water park.

Seeing him smile and his face light up as he takes in something new is the best feeling in the world as a parent. Family travel is exciting for us too because we are going to a lot of places we wouldn’t normally if it was just us. It’s cool seeing how he reacts to things, learning about what he likes and doesn’t.

My little man experiencing his first fruit farm and blueberry picking experience. Family fun at its best.

My little man experiencing his first fruit farm and blueberry picking experience.

My little man is experiencing true Pure Michigan summer and family travel every weekend

My little man is taking in true Pure Michigan summer fun every weekend.

My little man just wants to explore and see what lies ahead.

My little man just wants to explore and see what lies ahead in Ft. Myers, Florida. Heart this!

My little man being curious.

My little man being curious at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

I love seeing my little man start to discover everything Pure Michigan, Florida and the world has to offer. Can’t wait to see what’s next! #prouddaddy