June 02-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: June: June 02-05
Distant beacon    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Donn de Yampert
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Photos by Donn de Yampert

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 06:53 am:

A double view of Marquette's Presque Isle Harbor Lighthouse, brought to us by Donn de Yampert and his trusty Canon sidekick. The lichen in the top photo is quite striking on those Lake Superior rocks leading out to the Lighthouse. At this angle the rocks look huge, almost making you miss that the tiny little Beacon is out there on the point of the break-wall. But then the added shot brings us closer to the subject, for a clearer view of the guiding force it stands there to be. Nice touch with the visitor walking in front, that gives us a reality check to how big the Light really is.

By smf in troll land on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 06:58 am:

Nice pictures!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 07:03 am:

Great--I love starting the day with a light house shot! Thanks Donn

By julie b., MI on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 07:05 am:

Ah, thanks Mary & Donn - great way to start the morning - in one of my favorite places in my adopted home town!

By Carole on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 07:15 am:

A week ago I sat on these same shores watching the freighters unload and then reload. We had lunch on Presque Isle and then drove around the island. The weather did not always cooperate, but I don't care. Just being there was good enough for me. How I miss it!! BUT, will be back to the UP in two weeks and staying in Eagle Harbor.

By julia, MI on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 08:02 am:

neat pictures, I love lighthouses

By ts on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 08:32 am:

Fished out there many times

By jon/mn on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 08:38 am:

Many times I have enjoyed this same view at a lunch break with a trip around the island.


By joanne,mi on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 09:11 am:

wow. what a great way to start the day. a good cup of coffee and wonderful pictures from the copper country.thank you.

By Dotsie Salani Stewart Hilliard, Ohio on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 09:18 am:

Proof that this is God's country!!

Dotsie Salani Stewart
Hilliard, Ohio

By Yooper in MN on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 09:56 am:

What a wonderful way to start my morning! Memories of the good ol' UP! Went to Presque Isle only once but it was a wonderful time. Spent most of my time by the Breakies/Breakers in Houghton and Hancock.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

By CAL, Oshkosh WI on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 11:10 am:

Friends and I used to walk out the breakwall all the way to the end by the lighthouse to suntan in the summer. Thanks for bringing back those warm memories, Donn!

By ert, GA on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 11:25 am:

Does Dow Chemical still have a plant near Presque Isle in Marquette?

By Hilarie Alwine, Norway, MI on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 12:07 pm:

I don't think Dow Chemical still has a plant in Mqt, but I don't know for sure.

When my husband and I were just friends, 6 years ago, we hiked out to the end of that break wall and my husband dove out into the water while a huge ore ship went by. It was pretty neat! Although, what I remember thinking at the time was..He's nuts! I was right after all! Good memories in Marquette!

By JK on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 12:42 pm:

The lichens you see on the rocks in the pic are common along the lake superior shoreline. Lichens = symbiosis between an algae and a fungus. The fungus provides the algae a place to live and the algae feeds the fungus. I've seen these particular lichens on isle royale's rocks too - bright orange.

By ert, GA on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 01:35 pm:

Thanks, Hilarie. I remember the smell of that plant so distinctly -- not very pleasant. It was many years ago that I was there, but I do hope to visit the UP again before too long.

By Tom on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 02:19 pm:

Best wishes to all!

By Missin the UP from NJ on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 03:13 pm:

Soooo many great pictures!
I still haven't found a site anywhere in the US that posts pics so beautifully. I'd love 'visiting' other areas of our great country, if only they would get with the program!
So, instead of an armchair traveler, I'd be ...what? ....a computer screen traveler?? ;)

As usual, I am thankful for this daily trip back to the UP!

By UC, LB, Commerce Twp. MI on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 04:46 pm:

Great Pic's! My second home, wish I was there.

By ts on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 04:52 pm:

cliff dow closed in 1969

By Dave, Tennessee on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 10:13 pm:

I just looked at the Bridge Cam and the Sun is just setting.Getting alot of daylite these days is what I miss.

By Ann Hilton Fisher, Oak Park, IL on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 10:42 pm:

Wow! I grew up two blocks from that breakwater, and still walk it every summer, but you still managed to find a fresh viewpoint. Great pictures of a wonderful spot. Thank you.

By Lyn R on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 11:05 pm:

Dem photos sure are purty!

By mj on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 11:39 pm:


By JRC Madison Wi on Friday, June 3, 2005 - 10:09 am:

Cliffs Dow was a chemical plant that made charcoal. On some days when the wind was blowing the right way, the whole town would smell like chemicals. it was pretty nasty at times. I lived in Marquette from 1959 'til 1971 and know the region well during that time period. my folks built a house on Lk Superior on Lakewood Lane about eight miles out of town and at that time the road was partly gravel (unpaved). Clffs Dow did eventually shut down as the university bought the land to build housing, and it was a welcome sight to see it go. I would like to share my experiences growing up in Marquette with any who wish to do the same. Has anyone seen or know the whereabouts of David Dooley or Dale Britton, both good friends of mine who lived on Lakewood Lane during the late 60's. Or David Kemp, Maryanne Cardonnie, or Myrymn Nelson whose father lost his legs in an accident on the oar docks in the late 50's. I guess I miss the UP much more than I care to admit. Seems it gets into your blood and never goes away no matter how long you've been away. Hope to hear from someone from that era, would like to share memories.

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