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Fall Hits Mid-Michigan (Part II)

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Lmichigan    9

*Part II*

Now, off to the westside of the urban area to Michigan Avenue Park...

First, the hill I had to climb, in Michigan Avenue Park/Waverly Hills Golf Course in Lansing Township, to get these views. It's a great sledding hill in the winter.

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Looking southeast towards Lansing at the Lansing Township Water Tower. The Eckert Power Station chimneys (624' tall) can be seen in the background.

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Looking northeast towards Lansing over the Walvery Hills Golf Course.

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Looking directly north with busy Saginaw Street/Highway marking the northern border of the golf course/park.

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Looking northwest towards suburban Delta Township. Despite being relatively flat, the metro area does have some gently rolling hills. It's hard to believe that a suburba of 30,000 lies beneath.

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Looking north, again.

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Looking west towards Delta, again.

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Another northwest view.

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Lastly, from the hill, some graffiti.

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Now, let's go back home to the west side at Frances Park...

The manicured rose garden of Frances Park on Lansing's southwest side (garden not pictured).

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The outlook area.

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There are too many cell phone towers in this city and area for my liking.

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The Frances Park concession stand.

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Burning Tree (flames not pictured)

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Squeezed in between the Lansing County Club and Frances Park lies the Riverside Neighborhood...

This is one of the few newish houses in the area.

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A much more typical home in the neighborhood. This neighborhood contains most of the cities mansions.

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Lastly, these friendly boaters, taking advantage of the nice day and Lansing Marina, zoomed by when I was taking a pic of the Grand. They waved and laughed. They may have been drunk. :)

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GRDadof3    1817

Great pictures LMichigan. I've sledded that hill before many years ago. Watch out for the Northwest side, it's pretty treacherous :shok:

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GRDadof3    1817

I think it's because of the Northwest winds, combined with a little snow-melt when the occasional sun comes out in the afternoon, makes for quite a ride. Quite the skull-cracker if you're not careful :P

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GRDadof3    1817

huh? I'm totally confused, and have no idea what you're talking about. lol

The hill at Waverly Hills golf course in your first couple of photos:

First, the hill I had to climb, in Michigan Avenue Park/Waverly Hills Golf Course in Lansing Township, to get these views. It's a great sledding hill in the winter.

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Lmichigan    9

OH, yes, I know what you mean now. My brother actually hurt himself sledding on this hill in the dead of winter with snow coming down. There are quit a few bad bumps in the hill that the snow can hide.

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Capitolgal    0

Well, the graffiti is nice (for graffiti), BUT I really like the first shot of the outlook area - the one inside the arbor. Oh, and the burning tree sans flames is lovely.

Nobody has mentioned much about Part I. I don't know much about Lansing, so can I ask what a church district is?

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Capitolgal    0

Thanks for the explanation. I've been enjoying your photographs, by the way. I've been through parts of Chicago many times and there are lots of great buildings there, but a good photo brings out the structure's character somehow. You do a great job.

That cathedral looks like something from Europe to me. Would you know if its design is based on European architecture?

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Lmichigan    9

Yes, it's design style of neo-gothic. If you have anymore questions about the other thread, feel free to post them there. Thanks for the interest. Sometimes, smaller cities aren't interesting to most, and I can understand why. But most places have their own jewels and locations.

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Capitolgal    0

If you have anymore questions about the other thread, feel free to post them there.

OK. I can do that, thank you. I have a question you're probably not expecting. Street level shots of steeples and such just don't do them justice, so I'd like to know how you get so many pictures from so high up? You're not like Spiderman bouncing around on the rooftops, are you?

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Capitolgal    0

Parking garages.

How ingenious! And to think I have been on the top of one every week lately and never thought of that. It also explains one of my favorites of your pictures of the Michigan state capitol - night, probably raining, with the whole bottom of the frame showing what I now must assume is the top of a parking garage. I obtained it (for personal use) and edited it a bit. Would you like to see it? Please? It's just sooooooo spooky! But gorgeous.

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Capitolgal    0

You must be new to this urban enthusiast thing, huh?

Oh, yeah. Laugh at the newbie! :P No, seriously, my photographic experience has mostly been family gatherings and mountain vacations. I live close to Chicago and the parking garages we use there are underground. But it was always the big scary place we tried not to spend too much time in. That's one of the reasons I find this site so interesting - it's all about the big scary places all of you don't avoid.

Anyhow, my interest in architecture has been drawn to state capitols lately. That's why I grabbed your image. You can find it at: http://statecapitols.tigerleaf.com/waiting/lmichigan.htm . I'll be checking this thread for your reaction.

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Wordsmith    0

This one focuses on foliage more than density, but I liked the two examples of houses in the city. Again, great pictures. There's so much of my home state that I haven't experienced yet.

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