Dec 05-17

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2017: December: Dec 05-17
2005: Pine Lane    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Brita Haapala
2012: Lake Plumbago    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Mary Drew
2016: Friends on the trail    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Reece White
2017: Lift Bridge sunset    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Barbara Bouwkamp
Snowmaking at Blackjack to play video
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:46 pm:

No matter how many days in the archives show up with snow photos, then no snow photos, it still surprises me, since here in the Copper Country, we're somewhat used to having snow by now. We did have some in November, but that melted for the most part and we've had bare ground... until today. As this is being uploaded, we are in the middle of an absolute blizzard.

Back in 2005 we had enough snow to be out on the Swedetown trails. Brita Haapala captured this snow scene on the trail called Pine Lane. Sure is pretty with all the snow-laden branches.

Jumping ahead to 2012, that's Lake Plumbago located at the Michigan Tech Ford Forestry Center in Alberta. Not much snow on the ground and the lake was open with ice floes scattered about. Kind of an eerie looking scene with the fog hanging over everything, too.

Then in 2016, we were covered in snow again. Reece White snapped this photo of his buddies on the trail ahead of him, near his Calumet area home. Good eye for capturing winter beauty, especially since he was only 11 at the time.

The bottom photo was snapped by Barbara Bouwkamp, just 3 days ago. She called it a soft sunset over the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. If you didn't know the date it was taken, you'd never guess it was the beginning of December. I'm OK with that for now.

Having no snow on the ground doesn't stop the ski hills here in the U.P. from opening, though. Mont Ripley opened this past weekend, due to the snowmaking machines they have to put the artificial white stuff out there when nature doesn't do it. Our video today is a short one, but gives you a look at the snowmaking machines at work at Blackjack Ski Resort near Bessemer, a few years back. Pretty amazing that those machines can make enough snow to open runs at a ski hill when it hasn't snowed in a couple weeks

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 02:46 pm:

Interesting...some people are dumping it while the rest of us are shoveling it.
The guy in 2004 reminds me of Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen).

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 04:19 pm:

"UP-Goldwinger" (Alex):
" …The guy in 2004 reminds me of Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen)."

But if so, a bit "overdressed"! Hah!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 04:55 pm:

I just have to share this YouTube video (posted today on the discussion board, originally posted by Milwaukee TV station WTMJ4.).

Caution: Video contains some not-so-family-friendly "swear words" in the background that add nothing substantive to the story. (Mute your speaker if you don't care to listen.)

Have any deer hunters in Pastyland had an encounter like this with a deer?
I’ve been in on several deer hunts, but sure as heck never saw anything like this:
(click →) Janesville hunter's encounter with friendly buck goes viral,
(YouTube video, 7 min. + 6 sec.)
Quite the video!
I was waiting to see one of two results:
1. Hunter turns rodeo “bulldogger”, grabbing the deer by the horns and wrestling it to the ground, perhaps finishing up by lashing three of its legs together as in calf roping.
2. The deer inadvertently (deliberately? 😉) hooks an antler tip into the trigger guard on the rifle, er … shotgun, turning this into a “deer shoots hunter” story.
D. A. (Midwested) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 06:44 pm:

It looks like the high winds with that blizzard have pretty much sent the Lakers scurrying for cover. As often happens, a couple have taken refuge in Bete Grise.

When I saw the video, I first thought, "Why are they filling their driveway with snow?".

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 07:28 am:

Interesting deer video and I'm glad he let it go free. I guess it would be kind of hard to shoot something that wants to spoon ya? :-)

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 08:19 am:

Pictures 1 & 3 are absolutely gorgeous!!

By D. A. (Midwested) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 11:21 am:


That deer had more than a gender identity issue but also a species identity issue.

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 02:44 pm:

FR, Alex, D.A., that video was amazing, that guy's lucky he didn't get hurt!!

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