Monday, September 22, 2014

Randomness at Work Today

So I had a little time to kill after lunch today and I saw a plane from the Ann Arbor airport doing touch and goes or something.  Since the plane was flying pretty close to our building, I decided to get my zoom lens and take some pictures.
 I've seen this Cessna a few times in the past.  The "UM" leads me to believe that the plane is owned by the University of Michigan Flyers Club.  And a quick search confirms that.  It also tells me that it is a Cessna 152 built in 1980.
 A milkweed plant.
 Sadly, I don't remember what this flower is.
 A brown eyed susan about to become gone like its mates.
 As I headed back into the office, I saw this guy doing bee things.  I was happy to get a picture of it.
 I'm not sure which one I like the best.
This one is probably my favorite of the three but I like all three of them.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Law School Corbels (Gargoyles)

The Law School has been under restoration for the past year or so.  I've been meaning to head over there since they've finished that because I like taking picture of these statues but I haven't had the chance until today.
 Actually, I am not sure these are called gargoyles.  I seem to remember that they have another name but they are a subset of gargoyles.  And it's amazing what you can find at the push of a button, these are actually called corbels.  At any rate, I think they are pretty cool.  They are representations of University Presidents up to that time.  Each of them are doing different things and represent different disciplines at the University.  This guy is the engineer.
 This guy looks like he might be an architect.
 He's holding a triangle of some sort.
This guy represents an artist.
 This guy represents a football player and if I remember correctly, he is facing towards the athletic end of campus.
This guy is a baseball player.
 My light was pretty good for something them, especially when the sun started to peek around the corner.  This guy is University President Henry Simmons Frieze.  He served as acting President of the University three times between 1871 and his death in 1889.
 This one is Henry Philip Tappan.  He was officially considered as the first President of the University of Michigan.  He was instrumental in transforming the University of Michigan into a research institute.  His career was cut short by his frequent clashes with the regents and he died in Europe in 1881 at the age of 75.
James Burrill Angell served as the University of Michigan President from 1871 to 1909.  He is the person that transformed the University into an elite institution.  He is cited as providing the vision that the university should provide "an uncommon education for the common man".  He is the man that Angell Hall is named after.
 President Marion Leroy Burton served as the President of the University of Michigan from 1920 to 1925.  He oversaw much of the expansion of the University in the 1920's.  The Burton Memorial Tower is named after him.
In 1863, Erastus Otis Haven became the second President of the University of Michigan.  He had a pretty varied career up to that point.  He was a Methodist Minister, State Senator in Massachusetts, Latin Professor at Michigan and few other things.  After his 6 year stint at Michigan, he would go on to Northwestern.  He died in 1881.
I believe this is an explorer or astronomer.
This guy represents economics.
 This guy looks like he represents the medical school.
Probably the defender of liberty or something like that.  He may represent the military sciences.

A Rainy Leaf

As I was walking through the town, I looked down and I saw this.
It pretty much sums things up.  Fall is around the corner and it is rainy.

Ann Arbor in Black and White...Mostly

I was down in Ann Arbor today.  It was a madhouse.  I guess there were still people lingering around from the game yesterday or something.  Usually it is pretty dead on a Sunday but that wasn't the case today.  Anyway, I had my camera with me, so I figured I might as well take some pictures.
 A little ways down from the Michigan Theater is an alley and in this alley there is a variety of grafitti.  I kind of liked this image of Bo.
 A shot of the alley itself.
 Across the street from that alley is the Dawn Treader Used Book Store.  It used to be in a basement location and it was much cooler there because you actually needed a map to find your way around the store.  I don't know how many times I would stumble across a skeleton holding a book there.  I kid but that would be a pretty close description.

At this point, I decided to shoot in black and white becuase it suited the mood of the day a little better.
 I kind of liked the idea of a transparent reflection.  I wanted a better angle but these folks kept getting in my way.
 Some of the other books they had in the window.
 I wish I would have known that the Michigan was showing the Princess Bride today.  That it one I wouldn't mind seeing on the big screen.
 Looking down State Street.  If you look to the left, you will see a panhandler.  It seemed like there were quite a few in Ann Arbor today.
 Another angle of State Street.
 Looking down Nickels Arcade.
 A window display at the Arcadian Antiques.  This one caught my eye because of its nautical theme.
 I kind of like these signs.
 A shot of Hill Auditorium.
 This is the University of Michigan's motto.
 The Burton Memorial Tower.
 I kind of like this statue although soon it wont be spilling water as they will turn that off for the winter.
 Part the sculpture above.
 A group of clouds moving over the Rackham Building.
 The Michigan League building.
 I decided to do the flag in color.  It almost looks like one of those selective color things with the gray clouds in the background.
 The block "M" at the center of the Diag.
 There was some sort of concert going on but I think the rain scared many of the people away.  He sounded pretty good though.
 I kind of wanted this one in color too.
 I figured I would put the rapper in color.
 Looking down at the other end of the Diag.  Normally I would be on the steps of the Grad Library but they were occupied.
 A cannon donated by one group of alumni.
 I kind of liked the looks of this sculpture.
 Looking through the main arch of the Law School.
 The Michigan Union.
 The rain covered sidewalk and the people sort of briskly walking kind of helped me with this picture.
 The sun peeked out of the clouds for this one.
 A quick snap of State Street.  As you can see, the weather couldn't make up its mind what to do today.  It would rain for a little bit, the sun would come out for a bit and then it would rain and so on.
 The mystery house.
 I kind of liked the way the sign looked against the door.
 Looking up at the Michigan Theater sign.
 This is Sweetwater's Cafe.  It now occupies part of the Jacobson's/Border's Building.  My mom has some of her artwork displayed here.  If you are in the area, I recommend that you check it out.  It is near the back of the building.
 To my right would be another Sweetwater's Cafe.  One of my mom's friends has her work here.  Again, check it out.
 The sign made me leave some change.
Still on the rain soaked streets.