Apr 18-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: April: Apr 18-05
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Photo by Dan Urbanski

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 06:50 am:

Whenever Z-Man and his trusty pal Jack Daniels head out with camera in tow, they always come back with a treasure or two. (In case you're wondering, Jack is a four-legged friend of his and assistant picture taker! :-> ) This is Bond Falls, which is located on the middle branch of the Ontonogan River near Paulding. Dan Urbanski first brought us the winter view in February of 2001, and today Z-Man gives us an update. Considered one of the 'best kept secrets', this U.P. falls isn't that well known, but after viewing these silky looking, 'frozen in time' shots, it's certainly one you shouldn't miss. Time for a Spring road trip!

By joe on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 06:54 am:

Good morning from ann arbor

By smf in troll land on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 06:55 am:

Beautiful pics!

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 06:55 am:

Good morning from Mishawaka IN. Very refreshing pictures this morning. The water looks a little nippy. Have a good day everyone.

By G, Sverige on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 06:56 am:

Good afternoon from Sweden

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 07:06 am:

You can almost feel the chill of that water.

By sur5er on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 07:16 am:

Z-Man, once again, beeeautiful pics.

The one thing I miss the most about the UP are the waterfalls. Something about a stressful week at work, and heading up to the UP to sit on the banks by a waterfall, and luxurate in the tranquilty of it all. Aaaah!

By Tami, WI on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 07:18 am:

Good Morning! Bond Falls is a yearly road trip for our family. Thanks for the awesome pictures. We truly live in God's country.

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 08:24 am:

Maybe if you go see these falls at night you will see the "Paulding Mystery Light". This paranormal experience has been drawing visitors for some time.

By Dale B, Lansing MI on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 08:35 am:

Anyone know if the "fingers of water" effect shown above is natural? Almost looks like someone laid bricks on the brink of the falls to separate the flow into sections. Curious.

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 08:41 am:

I think that "fingers" effect is from above the falls where there is steping stones laid out across the water.

By Sarah, Central WI on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 08:46 am:

Wonderful Z-Man! Absolutely wonderful!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 09:14 am:

Bond Falls has parking at the top of the falls, and you can walk down them if you wish. Several websites say they are non-accessible, but I think they mean they are not handicapped accessible. However, anyone can check out the view from the top.

By maijaMI on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 09:16 am:

Interesting about the stepping stones.

Wonderful pictures.

By Joe Finn, Rhinelander, Wi on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 09:19 am:

The finger effect is definitly man made. They are in the picnic area, near the Bond Falls flowage dam. During the Fall color season the falls gets hundreds of visitors a day.

By dm hace, houghton on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 10:17 am:

Again many thanks for the reminders of our great scenery and the beauty abounding.

By Ron & Pat on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 10:45 am:

Do'nt know how we could have lived all those years in the UP & the CC and missed so much.

By yahoo in flatland on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 11:51 am:

The bridge at the bottom of Bond Falls was washed out a couple of years ago, but I believe it has been replaced.
Last time I was there, (2003) it appeared they were installing new footings for a new bridge.

The stairs to get you down to the bottom have a couple of steep steps (say that fast 10 times) and a couple of steps were in bad shape, but that was 2003.

Does anybody know if they have fixed the steps & replaced the bridge yet?

By The Z-Man on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 12:29 pm:

A picture of the new bridge at Bond Falls can be seen here. https://www.pasty.com/discuss/messages/1779/2020.html

By Missin' the UP on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 02:56 pm:

Beautiful! Last time I was here was to take some college buddies for a visit to the Paulding Light. We stopped by these falls and one of my friends took a ride on her bottom all the way down those stairs. She rode it out ok though. :)

By Jim - Houghton on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 03:16 pm:


Your photo reminded me that we were at Copper Harbor on an afternoon adventure on Sunday (April 17) and saw Manganese Falls. The spring melt had the falls really churning.

And, we made it up to Brockway! The road was clear enough for even our definitely-not-a-four-wheeler van. I believe that is the earliest our family has been up there by at least a week or so. Great weather, superb view, etc. Not many migrating birds of prey, though. Only a few unidentified hawks. We wonder if we were too early, or, that with the warm weather the birds have gone north sooner than we could get up the mountain.

Have been seeing eagles and Canada geese over the Houghton area though! My wife even suprised a woodcock in our back yard in West Houghton the other day.


By yahoo in flatland on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 03:44 pm:

Thanks Z-man, based on the date of that pic...
I must have been there last in 2002, instead of 2003... wow time flies!

That bridge looks nice!

By Missin the UP from NJ on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 04:15 pm:

Great Pics!
The last time I was at one of my favorite spots on earth- Bond Falls, I think they were building a road down to the bottom of the falls with wheelchair accessable path and a viewing platform?? Wonder if it is open. Or did they have to remove it? (Since no one has mentioned it)
The hike down to the bottom of the falls and the climb up the other 'rustic' side is still one of my favorite things to do when I visit the UP.

By jAPEi on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 05:58 pm:

Hallo from Finland!




and same in english;




By max, houghton-st. pete fl on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 06:43 pm:

does anyone know what the firetrucks and emergency vechicles are doin by the lake in the lift bridge cam(18:29)

By darrell oinas/Saint Johns Michigan on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 07:06 pm:

I am about to purchase the cannon digital slr, anyone have any negative things to say about it? I wonder what the z-man has. As he takes great pictures as the one posted today.

By darrell oinas/Saint Johns Michigan on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 07:12 pm:

Well they say practice makes perfect, I am sure it is a training exercise for response time, and by the picture there are only a few people near by, if it was anything big half the town would be there.

By sur5er on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 07:15 pm:


According to the properties on Z-Man's pics, he uses an Olympus E-1. ;)

By Bec on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 07:51 pm:

I tried using the top photo as wallpaper but my desk got all wet.

By John-Canton Mi on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 08:01 pm:

ZMAN-You just plain rock. Thank you

By Eric Stewart on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 09:11 pm:

When I saw the pictures of Bond Falls this morning I wanted to send in one that's a bit older, 49 years older, actually. I didn't have time to do it this morning, however. It's one of my dad's pictures. I would have been 5 years old at the time, so I think that must be my two older brothers standing by the rail. One caveat: Dad didn't always label his slides right away. I hope this really is Bond Falls.

Bond Falls

By Fred, Three Lakes on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 10:57 pm:

Darrell: I use the Canon Rebel(6 megapixel) and have no complaints,I like it a lot, but there are a huge number of great digital cameras out there to chose from. I'm an amateur not a pro, the web is a great place to compare, just google it.
Terrific photo Z-man.

By Helen on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - 07:07 am:

Yes Eric that is the Bond Falls.

By Ann Cal City on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - 07:21 am:

Opening Day

Bond Falls
Who Drives
Snow Cover
Still Dark
Fishing Poles
Get the Dog
Duck Swimming
Take Picture
Icy Steps
Board Walk
Raj Fly
Down Stream
Sharon Smokes
Fishing Holes
Timís Fire
Adding Wood
Growing Higher
Keeping Warm
Ham Sambyís
Swiss Cheese
Sun Rise
Fish Bite
Fishing Pond
New Fire
Breakfast Going
Italian Sausage
Crackers n cheese
Cold Plates
Wet Seats
Fried Eggs
Crispy Bacon
Burnt Toast
More Laughter
Smiling Faces
Take Picture
Family Tradition

By jim of Ann Arbor on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - 08:57 am:

Last year I was UP for a spring burial (Uno Tanskanen) on May
15th. Went up Brockway the next day and saw dozens and
dozens of hawks in flocks migrating over the top. They were
riding the thermals, circling, and moving on. A fellow birder who
was there said that the day before there were hundreds flying
over, he counted 23 species. An interesting stunt he pulled was
to take a chunk of tree and bungie it to one of the posts. On the
branch of his "tree" was an inflatable owl (natural enemy of
hawks?) which drew the hawks in close (in attack mode). He
could sit in a lawn chair and take pictures from 30 feet away.

By Cheryl, IL on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - 02:18 pm:

My family was at Bond Falls last July. The old stairs have been replaced with new wooden stairs and several wooden decks and platforms have been built at the bottom of the falls for great picture taking and resting areas. A road to the bottom of the falls with access for the handicapped was in the end stages. Another great place to visit just south of the falls is the Michigan Trout Hatchery. For anyone with kids who love to fish this is a great stop. The owners supply the bait and poles, you're sure to catch as many trout as you want. They clean them and put them on ice for you.Have a great day everyone!

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