Oct 20-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: October: Oct 20-04
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Photo by Melissa Hornyak

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:39 am:

The towns of Houghton and Hancock are divided by the Portage Canal and in this shot, a heavy looking bank of fog caught by Melissa Hornyak. Neat how the fluffy vapor is just hovering over the water of the canal, so that the colored foliage is framing the crisp whiteness. If you were up there on the Quincy Hill, you'd be seeing just about the same scene, only in reverse! Nice time of year to throw on a fleece jacket and take the dog for an early morning walk in the crisp air, to get the day started off right. 8^)

By me on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:42 am:

good morning
First Post

By smf in troll land on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:42 am:

Good morning!

By Bryon, Wisconsin on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:43 am:

Good Morning everybody!

By Lori St. Clair on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:47 am:

I can smell the fall in the picture. My dog would love the walk as much as I would. Have a great day and enjoy the weather, winter will come!

By julie b., MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:48 am:

Great shot!

This is another aspect of this season that makes it my favorite - the fog nearly every morning!


By TK, Clawson, MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:50 am:

Good Morning!! Cool Picture!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:04 am:

Mornin', 47 here this morning and 80 by 4p.m.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:06 am:

Somebody forgot to pay the bill on the "First Post" icon.

Had to call to see if the check had arrived...they just forgot to post it! ;-)

By maijaMI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:09 am:

Nice album, Melissa. Especially like the pictures of the fox. I've seen bear, does, fawns, bucks, coyote, turkeys, an eagle, a black cougar, and other animals and birds in the U.P. but never have seen a fox in the wild!

By Meggie, MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:26 am:

hmmmmmmm~~~~~~ the tanic acid smell of the fallen colored leaves, crisply crunching as they are kicked and stepped on during a walk in the hint-of-snow-smell in the air ~~ migrating birds and "winter" birds chirping and fluttering ~~ fluffy white/gray clouds in clear blue sky ~~ sun lighting up the golden trees..... Fall is a wonderful time. Hey! pick a wild apple; take a frosty bite~~~~~~`

By Down State Dave on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:42 am:

Melissa -- Great shot! Nicely framed. One of those pictures that tells a story without any words needed.

By yooper66 on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:53 am:

Actually, that is really smoke from Toivo's sauna filling up the morning air.....

By John / New Hampshire on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 09:09 am:

Good morning from New Hampshire
Go RedSox! (Well it worked yesterday,....)

By Bill H on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 09:18 am:

Great shot is right. What timing.

By L-O-V-E Pastycam! on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 09:18 am:

Good Morning! ......And...

Another beautiful picture and another excellent photographer! Good thing there's such a thing as 'Guest Photo Gallery' cause there's no way you could ever have enough years to publish all the great photos in calendars!!

By Liz, Idaho on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 09:46 am:

Can't improve on your thoughts. You've captured
the exact feeling!

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:26 am:

LOVE the picture. It is my desktop picture of the day! I want to be there right now! Weatherman says high of 94 today here in Houston.

Being that I am from Michigan, we have the Fall traditions that we try to incorporate down here; one being a pumpkin carving contest. We did that on Friday night, and put them on the porch. With the temps being in the 90's this week, the pumpkins now look like those dried apple dolls! :}

By Dr. Nat in Nevada on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 11:05 am:

Good morning!
During my couple of years up in the Keweenaw there were many autumn mornings I drove to Tech when the mist hung heavily over the canal. Thanks for the memory!
It's a stormy day in the Las Vegas Valley. The rain is falling, the wind is blowing, and the snow is accumulating on the mountains. Autumn has definitely arrived here.

By Nate on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 11:06 am:

Hey all, I just got the following pic emailed to me. It was apparently taken by something called the Keweenaw Trail Cam. Can anyone confirm if this is a mocked up pic or legit? (How do I post an actual pic here?) Here's the link, its a pic of a cougar going after a deer....


By keweenawgal on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 11:10 am:

Nate that is a flaw, I seen the pic and if you look at it close enough the deer has a black tip on its tail and the white tail deer don't black on their tail! That is probably a mule deer!

By Protowhatever, Calumet, MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 11:42 am:

Nate, first thing I noticed is that the deer's tail isn't up. I've spooked many deer while trying not to, and I think the big kitty would of spooked em.

By Bill Denning, Texas on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 11:46 am:

Good morning from Texas,

Go Astros!

Go Red Sox!

By R Somero CA on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 11:52 am:

Back to work(darn)! Had a wonderful trip-hit the colors just right. Rode the Mt. Bohemia chair on Sat.10/09. Can't buy that kind of experience. Imported Finnish cheese and Vollwerth's goodies to San Jose. Got stranded at CMX last Sat. and got a neat bus trip to Sawyer. Welcome home!

By H.B., Saginaw, MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 12:26 pm:

What a great picture!! Absolutely awesome autumn sight.

Let's not ruin it with talk of gas prices!
That discussion has been moved to a sub-topic, which you can access here
Gas price discussion.., or the link under today's photo.

By Melissa, Lansing, MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 12:29 pm:

Thank you everyone for your compliments! I enjoy sharing my photos here, and seeing all of the excellent photos taken by the other contributors. I took this shot from South Ave. in Houghton on a cool, crisp fall morning. Its a view I greatly enjoyed and still miss dearly!

maija, MI: the Isle Royale foxes are curious and crafty. The park service warns hikers about them because they are known to make off with things like hiking boots and water purifiers if you leave them unattended!

By shelly on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 12:32 pm:

Good Morning Audrey-

Are you ready to go back to the Yoop yet? I am probably more home sick now than ever since I was able to go home this summer!


By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 12:35 pm:

Shelly... YES YES YES... Don't know when I'll be going back, only know that I will. Visting this site daily, all day, keeps me very connected. I can't wait for my next trip.

By trish, wa on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 12:36 pm:

Melissa, great photo for the morning wake-UP!
Looks like it was taken up the hill behind where my dad
grew up in Houghton. We used to go look for copper in the
rock piles up on top.
Go Red Sox! Wasn't that a game last night?!

By camwatcher on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 01:49 pm:

Nate: It is a mule deer in the photo from the trail timer. However, a cougar would have pounced if it were that close and surely any deer would be aware of his presence. Also the time stamp in the corner is blurred which tells me that perhaps two photos from that camera were superimposed on one another. The original tale was that this "event" took place in a western state.

By shelly on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 02:06 pm:

I plan to go home for Christmas in 2006. Seems a long ways off, but as you know...time flies!

By finlander, painesdale on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 02:12 pm:

I saw the same picture floating around and it was claimed that it was taken in Baraboo, WI. It smells like a hoax to me because, as has been alluded to, it is clearly a mule deer.

By ME on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 02:21 pm:

I love those RED SOX!!! GO SOX GO!!! YOU CAN DO IT!! Otherwise I am a true Tigers Fan!!

By Lynn A2 on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 02:38 pm:

Hmmm. It looks like a mule deer and the shrubbery looks like Antelope Bush or sage common to the high plains. Kinda looks like the Black Hills or Crook County, Wyo.

By shelly on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 02:41 pm:

Ok, this picture of the deer and cougar, I'm asking myself how does the deer not know the cougar is there? Deer have a very keen sense of smell!

By Barb on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 02:55 pm:

I wish that I was there....but then, I wish that every day of my life.

By B in GB on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 03:10 pm:

I posted the picture before at pasty .com
It seems it was first sent years ago to the camera manufacturer's site by a guy in Oregon or Washington state.Ever the Camera company is unsure if it is a fake.

By ert, GA on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 03:16 pm:

Check out AirportCam

By it is not from the Keweenaw on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 03:17 pm:

It may be that the date was blured by someone who tried to make the story seem more "current" in one of the many many postings{and screwed up his changes perhaps}.it would be easy with photoshop to just take the date out..and replace it with grass ETC.YUP it is a mule deer.

By Nate on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 03:26 pm:

well my guess on the cougar pic is this: someone set up a camera that would snap pics based on motion. The deer came through, picure taken. Sometime later the cougar comes through, another picture taken. Since the position of the camera would have been exactly the same it would have probably been pretty easy to take those 2 pics and glue them together.

By : on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 03:36 pm:

You're a genius! Thank you for solving the mystery of the mule deer.

By Deer Hunter on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 03:36 pm:

If the pic of the deer & the couger was taken on the west coast the deer could very well be a black tail deer. They are natives to the west coast forests & mountains.

By Jay, Gaylord on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 03:52 pm:

I had that very same picture emailed to me last week. The email claimed it was taken near McBain, MI. Anyone who knows about deer could figure out it was not true.

By Roz, GR MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 03:54 pm:

I recently came across this web site which claims to keep track of "urban legend" photographs on the internet (notes both real and hoax photos.) However, even with a site like this that seems to be "the real thing," keep in mind just because you see it here doesn't make it real. Ahhhh, the internet....... :)

The original link provided with this note was removed, because it contained an invasive pop-up.

By dick, fl on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 04:24 pm:

I wonder what Mr. Wheatman has to say about the fog. ;-)

By DM, TEXAS on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 04:52 pm:





By B in GB on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 05:34 pm:

The cougar pick seems to of started here
{bottom of page}


By The Pasty Eater, MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 05:43 pm:

I can imagine the eyes rolling among the Pasty.com staff when someone introduces a taboo or controversial subject on these pages and there is so much volume that a secondary sub-page has to be opened. These topics could include, but are not limited to:

1) Politics, 2) Gas Prices, 3) Snowmobiles vs. Cross Country Skiing, 4) Jet Skis vs. Kayaks, 5)Mining Jobs vs. Environment, 6) Housecat vs. Cougar sightings on U.S.41?, and last, but definitely not least: 6) Crisco vs. Lard in pasties?

By Tim, Saint Clair Shores, MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 06:27 pm:

I imagine one of the hardest things about running this site is picking the photo of the day when there are so many gems to choose from.

By Dave, Laurium on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 06:33 pm:

Heikki was walking along the bank of a wide, deep river trying to find a place to cross. He's been walking for several miles.
Finally Heikki sees a man on the other side…It's his friend Toivo.
Heikki yells, "Hey Toivo! How can I get to da udder side of da river?"
Heikki yells back, "You're already on da udder side!"

By Bek, Fond du Lac on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 06:44 pm:

Sigh. I miss the copper country this time of year. Wish I could sit with a cup of coffee watching the sun burn off the morning fog and listen to the frost melt off the crisp dried leaves. Instead, I watch the sun rise above the neighboring subdivision and listen to the police cars and semi trucks getting an early start to their day...
Keep up the great work! This site is my link to "home" when I can't be there.

By Candy, CA on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:04 pm:

I tried to capture the view cam from Tech to post, but it's just too dark to come out well. But the sunset is terrific..."red sky at night" means the Keweenaw should have a nice day tomorrow.

By Grimace on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:10 pm:

The fog on the canal, It lingers longer every day! Spittin the energy of a long Summer day.
Soon to be snow on a cold Autumn day,remember nothing remains the same ,embrace tomorrow, another

By Tony, St Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 07:57 pm:

I grew up in the yellow house in the photo. For most of his life, Joe Tousignant, a carpenter and woodworker, lived in the green house. There was a two-car garage on the corner of Ripley St and Houghton Ave where he kept his tools and a studio, torn down in the 80's for a parking lot. The yard had an orchard of six cherry, three italian plum, one yellow plum and three apple trees, and a hedge of lilac. One or two of the apple trees are still there, the rest were raised along with the garage. Each spring he brought us rhubarb and every summer he brought enough cherries for many pies.

By pf on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:18 pm:

I always thought mentioning a favorite sports team was an
ice-breaker with folks one doesn't know well (remember
that scene with John Candy and Steve Martin in 'Trains,
Planes, and Automobiles'?) ...

By bek, fond du lac on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:26 pm:

LOL! What? No, I havn't seen the movie (seen it previewed, yes) nor have I heard mentioning a favorite sports team to break the ice. In this neck of the woods if you're not a packer fan....don't mention it! LOL : )

By Finn in Indiana on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:36 pm:

The cougar and deer picture is making the rounds! I received it this week with a note that the photo was taken by someone's "uncle" who lived in an unknown location in the Keweenaw. Ha!

By Anon, Wisc. on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:52 pm:

Quick Question: What does an ad for football have anything to do with the picture of the day? And what does censorship have to do with it. Is this not a site for discussing local issues dealing with the picture? A social board? This is not a board for argument's sake!

By bek, fond du lac on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 08:53 pm:

LOL!! I've been censored!
Good night all, time to get the kiddies to bed, yahhhn : 0
Looking forward to tomorrows pic!

By yooperwannabe/richmond mi on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 09:47 pm:

I'm so jealous...
My daughter is going up to visit my son this weekend at NMU. He has tickets for her and his girlfriend to see the NMU/State hockey game.
My daughter has been admitted for fall of 2005.
Concerned... a bit, Jealous... VERY.
I drop her off at CMU to ride up with his girlfriend at noon on Friday.
Be safe and have fun.

By Carl Sandburg on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 09:54 pm:

The fog creeps in on little cat feet.
It sits on silent haunches
Looking over harbor and city,
And then moves on.

By Rice Like Alison on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:00 pm:

my 2 cents:
Mummu always said "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".

Thank you Pasty Pushers for all the work you do to bring us who are far away in body but not spirit a little bit of heaven every day.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:03 pm:

Yeah, Sandburg~~~the guy really knew fog.

By Pete the Puma, MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:04 pm:

I would like to see a photo of a very large cat in the copper country. I was in the Copper Country last summer (it would be improper to disclose the area) and I heard some chatter from the locals that a rather large kitty cat that had been spotted on several occasions. Is this like the U.F.O. thing in the 1970's, or does anyone have any hard evidence of non-domestic large cats in the rugged Keeweenah? I suppose if there are bears and wolves up there, big cats shouldn't be surprising.

By M. Stewart, Country Club, West VA on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:12 pm:

Now that I have a lot of time on my hands, I would strongly recommend you use lard in your pasties as opposed to that shortening that rhymes with "disco." Hydrogenated vegetable fats will clog your arteries as sure as the sun rises here in West Virginia.

By Me on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:14 pm:

People have found droppings in the Copper Country that have been shown to cougar DNA. I read it in the Gazette, it must be true!

By Ms. Katie on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:50 pm:

M. Stewart, etc. You've made my evening! Now I can go to sleep with a smile. Have a good sleep, dear.

By bob brown, Alabama on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 02:37 am:

Nice to see that Carl Sandburg wrote in about the picture. His wife was from Hancock and I never realized that the inspiration for his poem might have come from the Canal. Mrs. Sandburg's brother was one of the world's greatest photographers.. Edward Steichen..whose father moved to the CC to find work around the turn of the century. Steichen mentions in his autobiography that when he was a boy in Hancock, he "ran with a gang of 'toughs' on Tezcucco street"

By Donna on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 05:38 am:

Hey Pete the Puma...here's a link to a picture of a bobcat on pasty.


That's a big cat.

By maijaMI on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 06:57 am:

Don't know if this is "hard evidence," but my young neice and I did see a black cougar on the cutoff from 41 to Eagle Harbor. People said it was a fisher or looked at us like we didn't know what we were talking about. At one point I brought it up privately to her. She looked at me and said, "Aunt Mary, it was a huge cat." It was several years after that when the DNR started saying there are cougars in Michigan.

By hey hey on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 02:38 pm:

I know pumas do not spell well but it is Keweenaw.

By Wade,mi on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 07:22 pm:

that cougar pic must have been from some other area because their isn't any cougars around here.

By just don't ask the DNR on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 11:37 pm:

Just because you have not seen any...does not mean there "are not" any!

By Wade,mi on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 12:55 pm:

I know what im talking about and you don't?
dere eh!

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