Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Sunset Walk Around Eastern Michigan's Campus

So I decided to take a walk around the Eastern Michigan campus after dinner.  Of course, my camera came along with me so that I could take some pictures of the place that I called home for 5 years.
 The first building I started with was the Alexander Music Building.  This is where the band will practice on occasion.
 The statue of Icarus in front of Quirk-Sponberg.
 A shot of Pray-Harrold in the golden light.  This is the largest classroom buildings on campus and I think it may be one of the larger classroom buildings in the state.
 Behind the Rec/IM building is a little pond and apparently you can rent boats to paddle around.
 The new student center looks pretty cool from the back.
 One of the fountains.
 A shot of the Rec/IM building from the back.  I liked the way the reflection looked in the water.
 Another angle of the student center.
 Hayes Jones was a hurdler born in Pontiac, Michigan.  He won the 110m Hurdles in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics.  While he was a student at Eastern, he won a few NCAA hurdles contests.  He served in politics after his athletic career.  He had a stint with American Airlines and owned a baggage check-in service at Detroit Metro Airport.
 A block E on the Bowen Field house.
 The Tower in front of the Halle Library.
 Not the most beautiful building on campus is Strong Hall.  This is where I studied Physics while I was in college.
 A shot of Sherzer Hall.
 At one time this was known as Briggs Fieldhouse.  Behind it used to be Eastern's football field.
 Starkweather Hall is Eastern Michigan's oldest building.
 Another angle of Sherzer.
 This bell used to hang in one of Eastern's older buildings.  When that building was demolished in 1948, this bell was stored in Roosevelt Hall.  The bell was found in 1973 and restored in 2013.  It now resides in McKenny Hall.
 MeKenny Hall used to be the student center when I was a student.
 I don't really need to say anything about the Water Tower.
 A statue of Martin Luther King.
 Pease Auditorium is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary this year.
 Pierce Hall.  This is where they used to house admissions and other aspects of Eastern.
 This used to be a high school run by the University.
 When I was student at Eastern Michigan, I used to live in Goddard Hall for three years.  This used to be a sand volleyball court.  I would imagine when they stopped using Goddard as a residence hall, they didn't have a reason to maintain this anymore.
And I leave with a shot of Goddard Hall.

Monday, September 15, 2014

And Last Up...the CSL Tadoussac

So we stuck around for one more ship.  It was getting late and I didn't really have any interest in the next ship coming down.
 She was the CSL Tadoussac of the Canada Steamship Lines. 
 It was nice to see another classic laker.
 Alhtough this one has a slight variant with the side tanks.  They give her a pretty unique wake.
 But that's cool because she's a nice looking boat.
 With the Canada Steamship new boats coming on line, I wonder how much longer she has.
 I guess I wont worry about that and will enjoy her while she's around.
And I leave you with one more shot.

And the Algoma Montrealais

So next up is the Algoma Montrealais.
 I think she is currently sailing on borrowed time right now.  She was scheduled to have a date with the scrappers but I think her replacements are behind schedule, so she lives on for now.  It's a shame because she's a pretty boat.
Sadly, I didn't quite get the angle of her that I wanted but hopefully I have a couple more times to catch her.

And Now the American Spirit

So the first ship I saw was the American Spirit.  She ran aground near Mackinac Island about a week or so ago.  Apparently, she got caught in a wind and was pushed aground.  After lightening her load, she was able to move on her merry way.
 The American Spirit is one of 13 thousand footers that sails on the Great Lakes.
 I think she is almost exclusively used to deliver iron ore to the various steel plants that line the Great Lakes.
 I'm not sure which style of thousand footer I like the best.  I would say that the Cort, but she's one of a kind.
 I do like this style though.
 She is about to pass the next ship.
 And she continues on.
 I believe she is heading to Zug Island....
....with a load of taconite.

Let's Start Off With the Lighthouse

So as I said, I was off to Belle Isle.  It looks like it would have been nice to know that I wasn't going to be seeing the Nickel Plate today because it was a fairly busy day on the river.  It was still going to be fairly busy by the time I got there, so I was good with doing that.
 I had a little time, so I took a couple pictures of the Livingstone Lighthouse.  It has been a while since I was back at that part of the island.  It was kind of a lighthouse day...so I guess that's good.
 A shot from the front.
 And from the sort of oblique angle.
 And from the back.
And one more from where I was going to take ship pictures.

Not the Nickel Plate...but Other Trains

So I headed down to Fostoria to catch the Nickel Plate 765 as she returned to Fort Wayne.  I wasn't exactly sure what time she would be passing Fostoria so I got up fairly early.  As I arrived to the park, someone arrived and told me that she wouldn't be coming today.  It turns out there was a derailment near her home of New Haven.  So that is going to delay her return home a bit while they clean it up and investigate what happened.

Since I was already there, I figured I would stick around for a little bit to get some other train pictures.
 As always, it didn't take too long for a train to manifest itself.  First up was a train from the Canadian Pacific Line.
 A shot of the engine.
 That was quickly followed up by a BNSF engine.
 Since I wasn't going to get a picture of what I wanted, I decided to stick around for one more engine and move on to Belle Isle.  But I did get the shot I wanted, so I'm fairly happy.
 The engine moving around the bend.
 For a second I thought it was the same number as one of my model engines....
....but I was off by 1 digit.  If it were 8106 instead 8906, it would be my model.