Apr 21-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: April: Apr 21-08
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Photo by Z-Man

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 06:58 am:

Yesterday's Shoebox Memory and the Pasty Cameo were about several areas in same general vicinity as today's photo from Z-Man. This is the Greenwood Falls, in the White Pine area, located on the Big Iron River. According to our roving photographer, he used to swim there a few years ago, when he was a kid in his teenage years. (Shh - Don't tell him I said so, but I think he meant a MUCH younger kid and it was more than a "few" years ago!) But I digress... this picture shows the results of the recent warm weather we've been experiencing, melting a good amount of our snow away. The falls are certainly rushing over and about, in a powerful display. I wasn't sure why the water was so brown though, so I asked Z-Man about it. He said, "The color of the water is caused by some little old fisherman way upstream cleaning the muck off his boots." What do you think? Was he 'pulling my leg'? :->

By Donna (Donna) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 07:04 am:

That fisherman got some heckuva big boots and lots a muck!!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:11 am:

Very nice picture. I hope the falls are still running nice Memorial weekend. I'd like to hike up to the Hungarian Falls when I'm UP there.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:27 am:

I'd like to see some more falls pictures after the big melt last week!

By Snowman (Snowman) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:39 am:

Z-Man has the best pictures.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 08:48 am:

The East Branch of the Ontonagon River, which runs by my Dad's house, is always red.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 09:43 am:

'Tis the season and I'll be visiting a lot of falls in this beautiful Copper Country starting today. I found it interesting, years ago, when it was mentioned on this site that the U.P. had about 150 waterfalls, so I have a lot to visit.
GREAT picture!

By dotti caldwell (Dotti) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 12:36 pm:

Neat shot! Now if you stretch your imagination, it almost looks like hair flowing - kinda a neat shade too!!! Some melting going on for sure!

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 12:59 pm:

The water run off looks like Copper if you stare at it awhile....

By a m hill (Lvcamnotes) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 05:03 pm:

ok capt paul,

seems like your kind of question -- river color?

By Snowman (Snowman) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 05:33 pm:

It's from washing out too many red flannel long johns in the river.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 06:13 pm:

I think in the Big Iron River, I would suspect the presence of iron. In the case of the East Branch of the Ontonagon River, I would suspect the high clay/silt content.

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 06:27 pm:

looks like an ishpeming mud puddle color. I'll double your guess Cindy - iron and clay.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 10:27 pm:

Easy answer........ high clay/silt content from the spring runoff. However, that's not to say the clay/silt doesn't contain some iron to make it red coloured.

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