Jun 13-14

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2014: June: Jun 13-14
Point Iroquois Lighthouse entrance    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Cindy Freeman
Stone fence surrounding    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Cindy Freeman
Stonework column    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Cindy Freeman
Aerial tour of Point Iroquois     ...click to play video

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 06:56 am:

The Point Iroquois Lighthouse, sits on the shores of Lake Superior, near Bay Mills, MI. It is located at the entrance to the St. Mary’s River, just south of Whitefish Point.

Cindy Freeman took these photos while visiting the end of May, so the leaves hadn’t popped out yet, but I couldn’t resist sharing them anyway, because they capture the stonework around the grounds quite nicely. The stone wall and columns in Cindy’s photos reminded me of the stonework on Brockway Mountain in Copper Harbor and the Stone Boats in Kearsarge and Centennial Heights, so I did a little searching and found that the wall on the Point Iroquois grounds is attributed to lighthouse Keeper John Soldenski, from the late 1930’s. There was no indication whether he made them himself or had help in doing so. Either way, they sure are a work of art and you can see that they’ve withstood the years pretty well. Nice to see good workmanship that can hold up for nearly 80 years of being ravaged by the winters here in the U.P.

The video flyover comes to us courtesy of upgraphics.com of Newberry. Hang on to your hat!

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:05 am:

Interesting rig that D.J. Obey and the guys at UpGraphics use for a flyover like this:


Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:10 am:

We toured this lighthouse a few years back. I was ready to move in. Such a neat place!

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:40 am:

I think that's one of the prettiest lighthouses on the Lakes.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 08:07 am:

I have not been to this particular lighthouse. But
it is on my to do list. Great pictures!

By Allen W. Philley (Allen) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 08:08 am:

I always enjoy seeing a good stone wall.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 08:50 am:

How cool is that! I was wondering when we would see drone videos.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 08:58 am:

...and I forgot to mention that from now on when I'm going in the bushes, I'll be looking up. :-)

By J T (Jtinchicago) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 09:47 am:

Good morning Mary:

Things that one never sees from the ground level.

Is there any or what is the significance of the shamrock or 'club' being all alone and the 'diamond', 'spade' and 'heart' in the other half of the light house yard? Does the shamrock or 'club' point North?


By Cindy, New Baltimore, MI (Cindy) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 10:55 am:

Thanks for the info on the history of the stonework on the grounds of Pt. Iroquois, Mary. I have always been fascinated with this lighthouse and the location. Years ago, my in-laws had a cabin west of there and then Pt. Iroquois was boarded up and abandoned. I could never understand how such a beautiful place could just sit there like that. I'm so happy that now it's there for all of us to enjoy. By the way, our trip in May was really great because it's a quiet time to visit. We were the only ones there, so there was nothing to obstruct my photos. I've learned that there is something fantastic at all seasons and weather. If the leaves aren't out, enjoy what is there now. If it's foggy at the Mackinac Bridge, you just see it all in a different way. Travel to the locks at that time of the year and you may be one of only six people in the observation deck, so you have front row seats. We did that and more and had a wonderful time.

By Greta Jones (Urbanescapees) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 01:31 pm:

Ditto that, Alex! (About looking up while in the bushes.)

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 03:17 pm:

I've climbed to the top of this lighthouse tower.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 03:43 pm:

Maybe it has something to do with a grand game of Euchre, JT...

And I feel sorry for Alex, having to look up for drones and down for ants/poison ivy; how is one supposed to concentrate on the job at hand??

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 05:01 pm:

did anybody read the story of a 23 year old woman, who attacked a 17 year old kid, for flying his drone over a beach where she was? he had a pro-go camera attached to it. she attacked him as he was bringing the drone back down. he also filmed her attacking him. the 17 year old said it was so high in the air that you could not even see faces.

as for Alex, and all men, you have it so easy when you need to go.....LOL...LOL...that is what I always tell my sweetie...

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:23 pm:

You made me laugh, Alex. And then what Capt Paul
added, made me laugh even harder. Thanks for the
chuckles :-)

By FJL (Langoman) on Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 09:08 am:

Some mighty fine picking with that video........

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