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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 07:18 am:

It's been a little white since we've had any Aerial Kite views from Nathan Miller, so today's shots are a treat! Here's what Nathan had to say about this latest Kite Photography adventure...

"Here are a few shots from a recent kite flight out to the Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance Light, otherwise known as "The Breakers!" The ice on Lake Superior wasn't frozen solid yet which meant I had to fly my kite from the opposite breakwater (shown in the last photo). Quite the change from the past two years! I'm hoping the ice freezes thick a bit more this winter so I can get out to more remote locations to fly my kite safely.
This second photo is taken looking out into Lake Superior across the thousands of pancake-like ice blobs floating on the water. So much for having miles of ice to hike across this year!
In the third photo you see some of the interesting ice formations near the upper entrance light. None of it is safe yet out here unfortunately, especially with warm weather returning for another melting blast.
The last shot is of me standing on the opposite breakwater at the north entry breakers in Stanton Township. I wouldn't recommend flying a kite from the icy breakwater, especially with Lake Superior's open waters ready to swallow me up if I slipped. But it was a worthy challenge if you ask me :) Enjoy the aerial views!"
Nathan pretty much covered everything to do with these spectacular scenes, the only thing I might add, is that Nathan is an experienced adventurer, so please don't try this at home unless you are experienced also and if you do, make sure you wear some ice cleats!

If you'd like to check out more of Nathan's Aerial Kite views, you can click on the link (his name) in the first paragraph to get to his Facebook page (be sure to give it a "LIKE" when you're there). Or click on the following link, which will take you to his Photography Webpage: www.NathanInvincible.com.
James W. Hird (Wvyooper) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 07:32 am:

I hope he was wearing ice cleats.

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 08:51 am:

Awesome photos, thank you Nathan! And yes, you be
super-careful out there near the icy water: easy
to slip in, almost impossible to get out. Stay
safe so we can see more of your work! The official
name of those ice blobs is indeed "pancake ice".
When I was at Tech, we called them "RBC's" for
their resemblance to red blood cells. Whatever you
call them, they're fascinating and beautiful to
look at.I just love the perspective you bring to
scenes like this. Thank you again!

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 09:21 am:

Great shots Nathan. Glad to see you capturing a kite's eye view of things. I was wondering how high you usually fly your kite?

By Just me (Jaby) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:13 am:

These photos are not only beautiful--they are amazing.
I love lake Superior and will be forever in awe of its
many faces.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:59 am:

I'm a little confused on the 4th (last) photo; it just doesn't look like the Upper Entry.

By Greta Jones (Urbanescapees) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 01:36 pm:

Really nice shots Nathan Invincible!! Just a few years ago kite and drone photography were unheard of. Such a unique vantage point - high in the sky!

By George L. (Yooperinct) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 03:51 pm:

Daveofmohawk Nate's on the opposite side of the upper entry -- opposite the upper entry light, that is. Not on the McLain Park side (I think!)

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 06:32 pm:

Ethereal photos!
(Wvyooper), I just ordered a pair from Amazon, called Cat Tracks.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 09:04 pm:

...nice review, BTW...I like the spooning canines,

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:23 am:

George L.: If he's on the opposite side of the waterway then the breakwall is curved the wrong way. I go thru the Upper Entry at least 4 times a week on the RIII, been doing it for 21 yrs. now and some how it just doesn't look correct.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:28 am:

Now I understand: What I thought was part of the breakwall is actually the shoreline and the breakwall is not curved at all.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, February 19, 2016 - 03:13 pm:

Amazing what nature can do.

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