Sep 24-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: September: Sep 24-03
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Photo by Jonathan Hopper

Charlie, middle of the night on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 03:58 am:

Beating Toivo to the punch this morning... A few minutes ago our dog flapped her ears to wake me up, as she has so many times in the wee hours. When I hopped out of bed and looked down across the dunes outside our bedroom window here in Eagle River, there was a blazing display of Northern Lights. Like glowing storm clouds dancing across the sky, they flared up... then slowly faded away. See anything like that 'down under', Toivo?

There's another firestorm raging on the Internet this week. It has to do with the way un-resolved domain names are handled. If you're into the technical stuff, here's an article which explains it. Basically, Verisign has disrupted the normal flow of Net traffic by making all non-existant domain names take your browser to their website. Traditional 'spam filtering' tools, like the ones we use at Pasty.NET, have been scrambled by this move... and the sparks are flying. Lawsuits, boycotts, public outcry... we haven't seen this much controversy since they changed the flavor of Classic Coca-Cola.

So, our apologies to the thousands of Pasty.NET members - here in the U.P. and throughout the U.S. - who have been wondering why so much unsolicited (and unwanted) email all of a sudden. Our system administrator, Jonathan Hopper, is diligently working (like so many other network managers) to restore our member's safeguards against spam, in spite of Verisign's ill-conceived new policy.

Thanks to Jonathan also for staying up late a few years ago to capture this Aurora Borealis display above Lake Superior. I seem to remember a few recent Northern Lights photos in the Guest Gallery, but can't find them because the search feature doesn't seem to be working. . . Oh, Jonathan...

By Deb Canton, MI on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 06:43 am:


By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge in Cadillac on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 06:53 am:

Spectacular! The Northern Lights are always a thrill! We went looking a few nights ago and only saw stars...

By Pat & Glenda, TN on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 07:11 am:

The Fall (and Spring) equinox is always a prime time for the "Northern Lights"...word is that on Monday the 29'th things might really get interesting with the keep the cameras ready, sleep during the day,....wish we had these visions down here in tennessee!

By Ania, Michigan on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 08:04 am:

I wish my dog woke me up :) This is an awesome picture. Thanks!

By JBM ..Warren Mi. on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 08:18 am:

I would Like to wish my sister a Happy Birthday today. I know she checks this site everyday.
Happy Birthday Kathy

By Mary Drew on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 09:14 am:

Mornin' Charlie and fellow PastyCam viewers~~

Let me be of assistance here Mr. Hopper and earn my "keep" as Gallery Moderator!! I remembered two of the recent Aurora Borealis shots from the Gallery.

First by
Dan Urbanski:

Isle Royale Auroras

And by Michael Falik:

Northern Lights

Matt from Fulton living in Green Bay on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 09:23 am:

Can anyone help me out? With the Halloween season coming up I'd like to take some friends from here in Wisconsin to Paulding to see the 'ghost lights'. I remember a site a couple years ago that had all sorts of info, but can't find it now. Seeing the Northern Lights made me think to ask about that. Thanks for any and all help.

By Mike R. New Berlin, WI on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 09:31 am:

Matt, check this out.

By Matt from Fulton living in Green Bay on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 10:22 am:

Thanks Mike, that's it!!

By Roy, TN on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 11:32 am:

Beautiful!! I can't wait to be back up there. One more week and I will be there. Staying there till Thanksgiving.

By Carolyn, AZ on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 12:09 pm:

I sure miss the Northern Lights. We haven't seen them here at the Grand Canyon. Yes, we have awesome views here, but there is nothing like the northern lights. Thanks for the picture Charlie and Jonathan.

By tlm on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 12:17 pm:


Could you advise what you used for the map image on the Sept 20th cam notes page? A couple of people asked on that page but I didn't see an answer. Thanks

By Jim Copper Country on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 03:17 pm:

Kudos to the patient and alert photographers of today's Northern Lights pix.....the lites are a very elusive subject and hard to really "catch" good on film. I know....I've been trying for over 30 years, and rarely have I been able to come with anything comparable to these shots! One has to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment...and then also be exceedlingly lucky. Again, some GOOD views of the Lights!!

By Connie, Ft. Belvoir VA on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 03:33 pm:

A while back someone replied to my post about directions to Mt. Baldy. Could someone post it again? I get to come up next month for a vist! Yay! Thanks

By Mary Drew on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 03:42 pm:

Hi Connie~
Here's the post, it was from
June 23, 2003


By Connie, Ft. Belvoir VA on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 03:54 pm:
Gorgeous pictures! Can you tell me how to get to Mt. Baldy? My uncle took me about 10 years ago and I can't remember.

By Troll in E.H. on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 04:14 pm:
CONNIE....Take the first 2 track on the left as you're leaving E.H.via the Cut Off Rd.Follow the trail up the hill and keep going.Cross the creek(feels kind of nice on the feet) and continue uphill. Kind of hard to get lost unless you're prone to wandering through the bush.Follow the creek down stream a ways and treat your eyes to some fanastic rock cliffs,cascades and waterfalls.Good luck!

Hope you have good weather and a great hike when you get here next month!
wayne grand haven on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 05:21 pm:

Taka had some shots of the northern lights back in August of 2002.

By Mary Lou on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 05:43 pm:

Hi Gang....If you're heading "back home" to the Copper Country don't forget a warm jacket. Yesterday (Tues.)...I was driving through Laurium about noon and saw a lady walking with mittens and a hooded winter jacket......last night friends and I went to the Houghton for dinner and I had to wear two sweaters....I forgot to take warm clothing!!..I keep forgetting the wind off of Lake Superior can be bone chilling.... When I left Escanaba on Sunday it was sunny and hot.

By tom t.c. mich on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 07:10 pm:

just thought some of you folks would like to see some more northern lights

By Connie, Ft. Belvoir VA on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 08:07 pm:

Thank you Mary Drew!

By Troll Diva,Ferndale,MI on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 08:53 pm:

That picture is so cool! One more week and we will be up there!

By Ms. Katie on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 09:24 pm:

What magic we have in our world if we just look!!!Wish I could do watercolor paintings of the marvelous photos, all of them. Thanks folks

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 11:06 pm:

TLM, I use the Delorme Street Atlas USA version 4.0.

By Dave, TX on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 11:36 am:

Wonderful aurora pix! We are all envious down here in Texas. For those of you who are interested in finding out the current aurora situation (should I set the alarm?), look at this website...

By Marc, Painesdale on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 10:41 pm:

Hey folks,
Try this page, created years ago by a Mich Tech student, Mike Dolan. He's got some great shots, info and links on our wonderful lights.

By Jeff, IL on Saturday, September 27, 2003 - 12:54 am:

Photgraphing the aurora. Can someone offer suggestions for film, aperture, speed settings, etc? I'll be up there next weekend would like to try some late night photography.

By WALTER P TAMPA on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 11:06 pm:


By SarahK, MI on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 01:41 pm:


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