Feb 17-15

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2015: February: Feb 17-15
Torchlight parade    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Paul & Nat Brandes
Smile in lights    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Paul & Nat Brandes
Lighting Mont Ripley    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Paul & Nat Brandes
Fireworks    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Paul & Nat Brandes
Pyrotechnics    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Paul & Nat Brandes


By
Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 03:03 pm:

Winter Carnival at Michigan Tech is over and done with for this year, but I didn't think it would be complete here on the Pasty Cam, without featuring the torchlight parade and fireworks over Mont Ripley. This all took place on the Saturday of Winter Carnival week and Paul and Nathalie Brandes (Capt. Paul and Dr. Nat# found themselves a great viewing spot in Houghton to snap today's photos.

Capt. Paul had this to say about the photos and the event:

Despite the hazy conditions, a few of our photos came out well. One of the skiers involved with the Torchlight Parade is a very good friend of mine who graduated from Tech with me in geology, so I get to hear about all the prep work and actual skiing down the hill with the torch #actually a road flare). She says itís not as easy as it looks and many times they have to avoid the ski lift as all the main lights on the hill have to be turned off so the only light they have is the torches themselves. She said there have been a few close calls over the years.
I never really thought about it before, but I guess it really could be considered synchronized torchlight skiing, since the torchbearers all have to know where they need to be and how fast to be moving to make it all come together like this. It must take hours of practice. Thanks for the great view and for giving us a better understanding of what goes into putting the event together.
By
Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 03:13 pm:

Love fireworks.


By Jose (Jtraveler) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 03:21 pm:

Some people are so creative. AWESOME!!!!


By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 03:29 pm:

Hey wait a minute..... I recognise those photos! ;-)


By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 04:28 pm:

"Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky."
(D.P.)
Cool pix...I always thought the flares were just stuck in the snow.


By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 05:01 pm:

Fourth one looks like a huge diamond. Pretty!


By jbuck (Jbuck) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 06:10 pm:

The fireworks in the last one look like a heart!


By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 06:46 pm:

Terrific pictures! I totally enjoyed them and
thanks for the insight into the skiing.


By Donna (Donna) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 09:17 pm:

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool! Thank you!!


By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:01 pm:

Why thank you, and thanks to Mary for choosing my pics.


By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 12:28 am:

The coolest pics I've seen in a while.


By David C Cloutier (Dccloutier) on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 07:33 pm:

Very cool!


By Kenny Meerschaert (Meerschaerts) on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 09:09 pm:

I had the opportunity and please to be a torch bearer this year!
one of the best experiences I have ever had! Awesome to see
it from the other side through these great pics.


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