Mar 14-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: March: Mar 14-11
Copper Harbor sunset    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Sharon Smith

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 07:56 am:

No, it's not the end of the month and no, we didn't "spring ahead" days instead of just an hour over the weekend here at Pasty Central. It's still the middle of March, but when Sharon Smith sent this sunset view with a sun pillar shooting up to the sky, I knew it was one that had to be shared right away. She said it was the first good sunset of 2011 and that she hadn't spotted a sun pillar in quite some time. Sharon also mentioned that people might be tired of seeing her "View From the Field", but when the view looks like this, I don't think you could ever tire of it. Thanks for sharing the beauty with us, Sharon!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 08:01 am:


By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 08:04 am:

I would never tire of this view either. ahhh...

By Donna (Donna) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 08:06 am:


By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 08:19 am:

I remember this photo. Thanks for the post, Sharon.

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 09:22 am:

Just Fantastic! Sharon, explain that Venus Girdle again, please?

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 09:33 am:

Very awesome sight, Sharon! I, like Alex, saw it in your journal. And, nope, we never tire of your "View"!:)

By Renee in AL (Renee) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 09:43 am:

Beautiful sunset Sharon! I love the sun pillar!! I never tire of "A View From The Field". I check out the site every day along with "Pasty Central"!! Who could ever tire of either??? Always gorgeous views and pictures!!
Best wishes to all!

By Bob Williams (Wabbit) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 11:47 am:

I never tire of the "View", Sharon. I read the journal and check out the webcam daily. It is my daily dose of the Harbor!

By Wes Scott (Travelnorth) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 12:29 pm:

Yes I enjoy the webcam of the harbor and the photos as well. It's a wonderful part of the U.P.

By Sharon I. Smith (Sharons) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 12:37 pm:

Thanks to everyone. I never get tired of my view, either. I had to untangle the camera strap and go rushing out onto the deck (it was cold!!) to get that one, but it certainly was worth it.

Uncle Chuck, the Girdle of Venus is a phenomenon that you can see, when the sky is clear and you have an unobstructed horizon, just before sunrise, when it shows in the west, or just after sunset, when it shows in the east. At those times, you will see a blue-gray band on the horizon, which is the shadow of the earth reflected in the sky. Right above that blue band there will be a pink band, and that is the Girdle of Venus. It's pink because the sun is shining through a very thick layer of atmosphere, which scatters all but the red light, and since the sky is light, it is diluted to pink or mauve.

It is a very pretty sight in the early morning when I open one eye and look down the harbor. Sometimes, when the wind is calm, I can see it reflected in the water. I hope I can get my body used to daylight savings time so that I will wake up, at least briefly, around that time.

It's just as pretty in the evening, if your eastern horizon is unobstructed, and once or twice I've watched the full moon rising through it.

It's sights like those that keep me staring up at the sky...or like Jupiter and Mercury last evening.

By sometimesyooper (Nancyd) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 02:22 pm:

Sharon, Count me as another one who checks out your site daily. I have to make sure Buster is OK and eating!

By Greta Jones (Urbanescapees) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 03:32 pm:

I too, follow your daily jounal, Sharon, and saw this pillar shot the day you posted it. I've been following you daily for years, through your illnesses, relocations, pet updates, and local weather reports. Your View From the Field is the opening to my day every day. Thanks and keep up the good work. "Meow" to Buster & Jasmine.

By Hollidays (Hollybranches) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 05:04 pm:

It's not a good day until I check on you Sharon. I admire your stamina and your love of the UP. Thank you for your daily journal. Hope you and Buster are okay.

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 06:48 pm:

It must be wonderful to wake up to a view like that. I at least see some grass & trees at the house I rent, but no water & no clear (ie, not light-polluted) sky.

My body got used to having daylight when the alarm went off; it did not like going back to pre-dawn darkness. Yrrch.

By Diana Doyle (Novlover) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 11:21 pm:

I follow your page every day from Oklahoma. Hope Buster is eating better.

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 11:41 pm:


By Betty Paull Colborn,AZ (Betty) on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 03:46 am:

Love the picture Sharon. I too follow your page every 'evening' from Sun City, AZ. I make sure I read Pasty Cam and your page before going to bed. Just finished reading Mondays, even tho it is Tuesday already. Keep up the great posts and pictures.

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