Feb 19-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: February: Feb 19-07
Porkies    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri
Frozen landscape    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri
Tower view    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri
Zoomed in tower    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 07:10 am:

Today's first photo is the more familiar view you see of the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park. Although aerial winter shots aren't as common as the summer or fall pictures, E. Neil Harri has that knack for snapping photos like these, that grab the interest of us folks here at Pasty Central.

Neil says that all are taken within the park boundaries, with the first one being Lake of the Clouds. The second photo is Porkies backcountry, looking west toward Lake Superior. The third shot, also a backcountry view of the park, this time looking northwest, with Mirror Lake off to the left, towards the middle of the picture. Also included in this one, is a remote fire tower, which I enlarged a bit in the last photo to get a better look at it. I guess you could say the view from the top of that tower is second only to sitting in Neil's copilot seat!

By Robert H. Baker (Rhb) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 07:25 am:

Great pictures!!Iv been the the porkies many times didnt know the mountain range was that big.Maybe its because I was a young teenager then. Again Great shot of the porkies neil.

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 07:37 am:

My favorite place. Beautiful aerial shots. They sure look barren in the winter.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 07:44 am:

These are fabulous! I wouldn't have seen the fire tower in the 3rd picture if you wouldn't have mentioned that it was there. It was obvious in the 4th one though. Great job Neil!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 07:44 am:

Beautiful morning shots!!

The snow on the hills really brings out details that you wouldn't be able to pick out in the summertime. That first photo really captures the structure of the Midcontinent Rift and how it relates to Lake Superior.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 08:19 am:

Beautiful, I have only been there once when I went on a backpacking trip with my brother and uncle over a weekend. You can't beat hiking along Lake Superior.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 08:53 am:

I love E. Neil Harri's photography!

It looks desolate in its frozen state, though.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 09:27 am:

Desolate and wonderful. Too many kids this semester has left me longing for this wonderland.

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 11:46 am:

The first camping week in was a shocker, as from the Mirror Lake overview in summer you couldn't seen the rolling topo. Gave new meaning to "five miles, as the crow flys"; some of the roughest five mile hikes that I'd ever been on... and why do the "up" sides seem so much longer than the "down" sides?

Forever a slow study, I did it again a dozen years more, just for confirmation.

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 02:23 pm:

Maybe one of these days I'll get to see the "Porcupine" picture of the Porkies???

By Heikki (Heikki) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 07:33 pm:

When I was 16, we hiked along the lakeshore from Presque Isle River to the mine adit near the road to the Porcupine Mtn State Park entrance. It had rained the day before, and the inland trail was greasy, causing us to slide uncontrollably down the many steep hillsides. Searching for an easier route, we walked for a great distance on the shore, but much of that was sloped shale. The footing was much better, but after walking a considerable distance our ankles started to complain. We made it to our ride waiting near the mine adit, but our ankles were very tender for a few days.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 07:40 pm:

Fantastic pictures again, Neil. It is such a treat to see the copper country from an aerial perspective. These today are amazing. And thanks, Mary, for the enlargement of the fire tower.

By mark.d.olson (Schven) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 07:33 pm:

These pics are great. I lived about 12 miles from here its nice to see snow. all the time I have been to the "porkies" I have never been there in winter. I hiked to this tower in summer it was hard then must be reakky hard now. I wonder if any body has snowshoed to it.

By Stacy Lancour (Yoopergal) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:12 pm:

I don't think I have ever seen the Lake of the Clouds in winter before -- very cool!

By Harry Wiberg (Harryo) on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 07:59 am:

My son and I traveled 415 miles to ski the Porkies several weeks ago...it's beautiful, uncrowded and a big hill to boot! It's great that it's so remote since it keeps the place pristine. These are great aerial views...how about some nice aerial views of the Huron Mountain Club and islands Neil!

By fy1 (Formeryooper1) on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 12:21 pm:

Neil's Huron Mountains aerial

Neil's Huron Islands aerial

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:06 pm:

I don't take pics of the Huron Mt club out of respect for their privacy. You can see it on Google earth.

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