Tim Kiser's photos with the Wayne County Michigan

This one's called "Going Out Mudding."

This one's called "Going Out Mudding."
Gosh Detroit's inner-city's much-commented-upon reversion to ruralization and countrification continues to continue and continue!, as seen here.

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In downtown Detroit on May 29th, 2011, the site of the former Lafayette Building, er…
Added on April 21, 2012

Ol' Brooks'll shred you up like plums on a cheesegrater.

Ol' Brooks'll shred you up like plums on a cheesegrater.
When you think of Brooks, think of people getting sliced up really really bad, just hideously bloodied all over, atrocious skinnings.

Ha ha, "Do you want me to make you a hamburger!," one of my favorite old concertina wire jokes.

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Added on June 14, 2011

Keeping drip painting going.

Keeping drip painting going.
It's good!

Look close, the art gets reflected a little bit in the mud puddles in the gravel.

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In Detroit on May 29th, 2011, on the side of "PJ's Lager House" on the north side of Michigan Avenue (U.S. Route 12), east of Brooklyn…
Added on July  7, 2012

The favorite thing I like about plaunt conservat'ries is: the glass.

The favorite thing I like about plaunt conservat'ries is: the glass.
Per my having done Internet Research upon the City of Detroit's website, this Conservat'ry was "reconstructed" from 1952 to 1954, so I figure we can guess that the glass probably dates from that time period also?

That's a ton of years' worth of getting…
Added on April 21, 2012

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory's years' & years' worth of visits from Michigander & Detroitoisie signatories to cactus.

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory's years' & years' worth of visits from Michigander & Detroitoisie signatories to cactus.
I asked the Conservatory Attendant if the cactus had gotten trucked in from the edge of an Outer Phoenix housing development or someplace like that — already pre-carved by exurban disaffecteds — but no: It's the Michigan kids who carve up the plant specim…
Added on April 21, 2012

Favourite old beloved Frederick Law Olmsted vistas across expansive lagoons of landscape architecture.

Favourite old beloved Frederick Law Olmsted vistas across expansive lagoons of landscape architecture.
I felt that to set my eyes upon his creations was to instantly civilize myself. He carefully arranged for each tree to be reflected in his waters.

The available presence of famous landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted is one of the traits that Detroit sha…
Added on June 14, 2011

Embeddedment of hundreds of rusty bottlecaps in a long and heavy loaf or snake of concrete.

Embeddedment of hundreds of rusty bottlecaps in a long and heavy loaf or snake of concrete.
Idea being, that the separator of the grass from the sidewalk will be likeable public art. It's strong, see?, you can stand on it.

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In Detroit on May 29th, 2011, at the northeast corner of East Jefferson Avenue and Lakewood Stree…
Added on June 14, 2011

Gang of young urban ailanthus, unwelcome fireworks display.

Gang of young urban ailanthus, unwelcome fireworks display.
These China-native "tree of heaven" Ailanthus altissima are an Invasive Species of Noxious Weed, and they've been working for years and years on taking over the entire N. American continent, among other continents.

A US editorial cartoonist could work s…
Added on June 14, 2011

I had always cherished the notion that the FDIC is *all of us*, standing strong together, so... huh.

I had always cherished the notion that the FDIC is *all of us*, standing strong together, so... huh.
With a hand on my hip and the other slowly stroking my vandyke, I skeptically considered the strange message. Could it be a prank.

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In Detroit on May 29th, 2011, at the northwest corner of East Jefferson Avenue and Marlborough St…
Added on June 14, 2011

Don't let your peace of mind store happen to you!

Don't let your peace of mind store happen to you!
The illustration of the burglarisation aftermath is a blowup & colourisation of a small black-&-white clipart that I remember seeing in sixteenth-of-a-page advertisements in the back pages of popular mags in the 1960s.

The FREE ESTIMATE sunburst is a b…
Added on April 21, 2012

This kind of phone, the way you use it is: You talk into a boozebottle, and you listen into a boozebottle.

This kind of phone, the way you use it is: You talk into a boozebottle, and you listen into a boozebottle.
You contact the operator by barking at the sky. You call collect by peeing on your shoes.

I checked the coin return already; it contains a jellied something-or-other, but no coins.

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In Detroit on May 28th, 2011, along the south…
Added on June 14, 2011

Evening vision of landscape-streetscape of distantly flooded street w/ crumbling sidewalk; flapping seagull; and turrets or minarets of substation.

Evening vision of landscape-streetscape of distantly flooded street w/ crumbling sidewalk; flapping seagull; and turrets or minarets of substation.
"Probably I'm not gonna be able to talk myself into believing that I've got any good reasons for thinking that I've got any business being out hanging around down around in here," I decided, and I turned and walked back the way I had come.

That's not a d…
Added on June 14, 2011

Was it worth some particular high youth's time & effort to add a picture of Cable Televi$ion talking frenchfries to this Detroit arsonfire area.

Was it worth some particular high youth's time & effort to add a picture of Cable Televi$ion talking frenchfries to this Detroit arsonfire area.
I have taken to cultivating an attitudinal pose of bemusement re: some of people's graffiti ideas. It has been working out pretty well for me!

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In Detroit on May 28th, 2011, a depiction of "Frylock" from "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"…
Added on June 14, 2011

I promise a mulberry bush for every shadow cast by every fire escape!

I promise a mulberry bush for every shadow cast by every fire escape!
I wouldn't make the promise were it not an easy promise to keep.

These kinds of narrowly-spaced alternating stripes of shadow and light are known as "slatterns."

Unfortunately (for you) the shadow is not being cast by a fire escape. It's coming down fr…
Added on June 14, 2011

Everything here looks weird except for the cars.

Everything here looks weird except for the cars.
For one thing, why haven't the massive windows @ the Left & Right got more room to breathe within the frame of the picture. It looks compositionally wrong to have them being so close to the edges of the picture. Plus are some parts of the picture tilted…
Added on June 14, 2011

Out in my minivan, driving past a thing.

Out in my minivan, driving past a thing.
I'm all the time sideswiping it because of trying to gawk at it while I round the bend around it.

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In downtown Detroit on May 28th, 2011, a view of the entrance to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel from the east side of Bates Street be…
Added on June 14, 2011

A view from one of the self-guided interpretive trails (the "Embankment Trail") at the Joe Louis Arena National Historic Site in Detroit.

A view from one of the self-guided interpretive trails (the "Embankment Trail") at the Joe Louis Arena National Historic Site in Detroit.
The only thing I could think of that might have improved the scenery is maybe some dandelions.

I felt that the interpretive panels were maybe a bit too rah-rah re the history of the rise of bigrig transport in the U.S., but hey that's Detroit I guess huh…
Added on May 13, 2012

Detroit chugging and puffing, ever more wetly and warmly.

Detroit chugging and puffing, ever more wetly and warmly.
Here is architecture for urban rainforest environments. According to an internet word-of-mouth that I was able to get in on, this backalley site supposedly never gets a chance to dry.

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In downtown Detroit on May 28th, 2011, in an…
Added on June 14, 2011