Apr 25-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: April: Apr 25-05
Road Commission doubled    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Dennis Valade
Mining history multiplies    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Dennis Valade
Duo of Lift Bridges    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Dennis Valade

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 03:22 am:

Beauty abounds here in the Keweenaw, in the scenery, the history and the landmarks. Our newest Guest Gallery photographer, Dennis Valade has found a unique way to double that beauteousness with the reflective nature of a quiet morning on the canal. When I first looked at the top shot, I blinked my eyes several times to try to clear them, then I took off my spectacles and gave them a good swipe on my shirt, but nothing helped, I was still seeing double. This Houghton County Road Commission building takes on an artistic look when reflected in the Portage Canal Looking Glass, as did the Historic Mining remnants on the Ripley shoreline. Now I've often heard folks say that there should be another bridge connecting the Keweenaw Peninsula. It looks like we had that second one for at least a moment in time - Portage Lift Bridge times two!

By Renee in AL on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 03:58 am:

G'morning all!!
Neat duel images in all those. I remember the time Pasty Cam did that with a lake picture and inverted it to trick us! :-) That was pretty funny!!
Best wishes,

By John,mi. on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 04:03 am:

Mary, that's really hard on the eyes so early in the morning! Now I something to look foward to today ... improving vision.

By sur5er on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 04:42 am:

Dennis, I love the pics. You definately have a lot of talent when it comes to photography. Wow!

Yep, I had to look twice...tilt my head a couple of times...rub the sleep out of my eyes...squint a little...and reach for my glasses :)

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 07:01 am:

Good morning from Mishawaka IN. Beautiful pictures Dennis and very practical too. If you accidentlly hung them up side down no one would know. Have a great day everyone.

By dick, fl on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 07:14 am:

WOW! They should all be made into jigsaw puzzles. I love them! Makes me miss home. Nothing like that here in Florida.

By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 07:24 am:

Wonderful pictures today. I especially love the second one. It looks like a painting. I hope you frame it in your home somewhere, Dennis.

By Missin the UP from NJ on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 07:52 am:

Good Morning!
G-r-e-a-t! Pics this morning!! Thanks!
The first pic made me blink, too, several times to focus- VERY interesting perspective.

I'll say it again, the best Photogs in the world are in the Pastycam Guest Gallery!

By Deb on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 07:58 am:

Awesome pictures! All three are beautiful, can't pick a favorite.

By Mike, Howell,MI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:00 am:

Good Morning! The top pic looks like nut and bolt holding the pic together. Well we had record snow fall here in metro Detroit over the weekend. Nothing like going from 80 degrees plus to few inches of snow and 30 degrees within couple days.

By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge - Cadillac, MI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:01 am:

Amazing pictures, they are lovely! Thanks for sharing!

By Brent, Already planted my garden in UPstate, NY on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:07 am:

Hmm, still waters from Stillwaters?

'morning all. Snow missed us here. First snow-free April in 27 years (five days to go, crossing fingers)

By Pat WI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:33 am:

Awesome photos! Thanks for making me more homesick!

By JWilson, Ohio on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:35 am:

Looking at the pictures, I see no snow...something that the U.P. DIDN'T get for this late in the year...check out the lower peninsula and Ohio(where I live, south of Cleveland)! We got at least 3 inches of heavy wet stuff over the weekend, which caused our pretty flowers to droop, and wires and branches to break! What a spring greeting for us snowbirds returning from our warm winter!!!

By FLYINDAMOONEY on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:50 am:

Still have my black and white of Ripley on a still day. It won a couple of small prizes years ago before digital. With high contrast, you can not tell which way is truly up and which way is wet............

By rob in dc on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:55 am:

I admit to being ridiculously pleased with myself when, after several seconds of mentally flailing around, I "got" the top photo. Very good work, Dennis.

By Jason V., Mi the IL on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 09:08 am:

A fabulous set of pics from a great man.... But of course, I am biased.

By Helen in Spring Lake on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 09:13 am:

The prize-winning photos today are wonderful. My son is so fortunate to be living in God's country. I always enjoy my visits up there. We only had a light dusting of snow yesterday, but I did get a snapshot of my tulips in the snow.

By Scott, Illinois on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 09:24 am:

At first glance the top picture looked like something out of a model railroad....until I wiped my eyes and shook the cobwebs around a bit :).

Great job on the pictures, Dennis!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 09:46 am:

Super pics. Thank you for taking the time to get 'em just right.

By maijaMI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 09:48 am:

Totally awesome

By Wis. on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 10:24 am:

all i can say is WOW

By jim green bay wi on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 10:30 am:

just super pictures as always

By Louan-Elk Rapids MI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 10:52 am:

Those are the best reflection pictures I've ever seen. The Road Commission picture is especially fastinating because of the design illusion. You first see the design, then the objects. The old art teacher in me wishes that I had shown this picture to that class of students having such a hard time understanding nonobjective art. Congratulations Dennis, on an impossible work of art, well done.

By Larry, PA on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 11:16 am:

When I looked this A.M., I knew right where that pic. was taken. I discovered your site last year and decided I had to get to the U.P. Over the last few months I have made lots of trips from PA to NY due to my mothers illness. When she passed away 3 weeks ago and we had another stressfull event in our lives I told my wife on 4/15 we were going to the U.P. on 4/17. We drove up and back in one week. Obviously not much open, but it was nice to get away - will be back in the summer sometime. On last Wed. night we ate at the Library in Houghton and saw the same plows setting there. Thanks!

By Brian, Sunfield, MI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 11:59 am:

Thanks for the creative photos!

By Pam, Fruitport on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 12:58 pm:

WOW, WEE, ZOWEE!!!! I did take several double takes!!!!!! Loved it though! Thanks A Million, Dennis! Your specialty is Dramatic!!!

By JAD, Oskar, MI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 01:41 pm:

All three are my nominees for next year's calendar!

By Lyn R on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 01:43 pm:

Excellent photos. 2nd photo, WOW and/or cover for the calendar.

By troll with connections, Mi on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 05:06 pm:

Larry, PA
My condolences for your loss. Was that your first trip to the U.P.? If you get the time, try getting to the Copper Country from late July to late September. It's fantastic. Another great time is late October til mid November for the color change. Well, actually. Any time is good. Hope you had a good time.

By sur5er on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 05:18 pm:


Sorry about the recent loss of your mother. Like you, I believe that a trip to the UP is definately theraputic. Come to think of it, there has been many a time, during the rough spots in my life, that I have gotten in my truck and not stopped until my tires crossed over the Mighty Mac. Just a day or two in the UP, always gave me that fresh perspective on things and would recharge me.

By Steve, Il. on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 06:29 pm:

Troll with Connections - I doubt you see much in the way of fall color in the Keweenaw if you wait until the end of October. I suspect peak is usually around the first week or two. However, I agree the CC is spectacular anytime.

By copper country resident on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 06:39 pm:

Todays pictures would make wonderful Jigsaw puzzles. Some people make puzzles to frame and hang on walls as pictures.

By Dave Moorman, Illinois on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:17 pm:

Those are three excellent pictures. The smelter picture is a
classic. We have a couple of big ones on the wall, one by Judy
Gill and one that I took. This one is better than both of those.
Where can I get a 30x30?!

By Dave Moorman, Illinois on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:18 pm:

Looks like the BridgeCam is down again.

By maijaMI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 08:57 pm:

Larry, I add my condolences. It's tougher than anyone realizes who hasn't gone through it.

Also, yes, color season in the Keweenaw would be early October.

By 2 Rhinelander, WI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 10:21 pm:

no one else must have saw the second one on Weather Bug the day before? But the road commision one is I would agree is art. Good job on getting the pictures of the Keweenaw out to the rest of the world! Would go back in a second.

By The Urban Escapees,MI on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 10:29 pm:

Excellent pics! The bright colors in the top one, with such a still reflection is a brain twister at first glance; the smelter buildings have an aura of mystery about them; and the bridge shot must've been early in the am for the water to be that still. Totally awesome. Thank you.

By Geri, California on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 11:19 am:

Can anyone tell me how to get a picture of the smelter? My father worked there for many years and others that I knew well. When a big storm was coming in, Dad would stay overnight at the smelter so he would not miss work. We lived way out in the country. When the smelter closed, it closed a large chapter in his life. The guys had tears in their eyes when they picked up their checks; some with tears running down their cheeks.I know because I was there. What a memory! thank you to the person who give me the information.

By Netherlands on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 08:16 am:

Super mooie foto's!!! Geen wonder en terecht dat Bruggen en Industrie bouwwerken tegenwoordig ook op monumentenlijsten verschijnen.

By Babette, Netherlands on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 08:46 am:

Lovely pictures!!

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