Mar 18-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: March: Mar 18-04
Bete Grise bandit    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Bill Haller
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Photos by Bill Haller

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 05:58 am:

The Pasty Cam Guest Gallery is growing each day, with many shots showing the splendor of Lake Superior. Bill Haller takes us to the shoreline in Bete Grise, just in time to catch a visitor. Seems like this bushy tailed creature had been leaving tracks, leading to the dropped seeds under their bird feeder. Then while viewing another beautiful sunrise, they caught the bandit "red-tailed", so to speak. After the sun reached a bit higher into the skyline, Bill snapped another shot that looks like the little guy is even saying "cheese"!

By Patt on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:03 am:

Beautiful animal & awesome photo! Mary you do a wonderful job on choosing the daily photos. Thank you. This sight is the first and last I visit every day.

By UP_gal on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:12 am:

Not so *foxy* was he? Got caught in the act. Wonder if he is a regular diner? He sure chose a spot with a beautiful view.

By Charlie, also at Pasty Central on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:18 am:

I second Patt's motion about Mary's choice of pictures. As webmaster of Pasty Central, my daily workload has been a lot lighter since Mary came on board last fall. Not only picking the shot of the day, but researching for Cam Notes. Thanks, Mary.

I still do much of the archive work on, and this morning happened to notice a shot Jonathan took on March 18, 1998, which we published the next day. After a hockey game last night in Calumet we filled up, with Regular exactly 70 cents higher per gallon!


By Donna on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:21 am:

What an awesome picture! I've got whitetail deer emptying my bird feeders every nite. They are so fun to watch, so beautiful to see...but boy, you get a different opinion when you hit one with your car!!

By Dom, Germany on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:25 am:

Reynard is looking well fed -- nice pic. Our wannabee winter is over, spring temps already to 65. Miss all that LES!! Waidmannsheil, Dom.

By Foxxy Grrl on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:20 am:

That's a red fox. The UP is on the northern range of gray fox territory... has anyone ever seen one?

By Barb MI in TX on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:22 am:

neat shot.....looks like he has had plenty to eat this winter.Ba

By froggy on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:35 am:

Had a den of red fox on my place last spring. Heard alot of snarling one evening and checked it out. Coyotes raided it and killed mother and all but one kit. Never knew coyotes would do that. Fed the remaining kit puppy food for several weeks before he moved on or disappeared. They're beautiful to watch. Often wonder if he survived.

By stefan mi on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:38 am:

that is sweet picture a fox

By Mike P Kingsford MI. on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:52 am:

HOW 'BOUT YA MARY DREW. So nice to see all of those beautiful snow pics, while sitting here in Katy TX. Great shot of the fox. We'll be here til Monday. Can't wait to get back to shovel the drive, yea right! Later.

By rob in dc on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:57 am:

A "thank you" to the fox for sticking around long enough for the light to improve. Isn't such tolerance of human presence rather odd? I thought foxes were normally furtive creatures, offering only a distant glimpse of themselves before going back out of sight.

By Troll, Lwr MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:58 am:

What a cutie pie this little guy or gal is .....
And good for you Froggy for feeding that little remaing fox. Dang those coyotes for killing the momma....

By RCW on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:58 am:

Where are you located Froggy??

By Brion, Racine WI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 09:03 am:

We have a place near Gratiot Lake and had a black coated red fox hanging around a few summers ago. It charcoal black with a gray paint brush mark on the tail. It took some research before we figured out it was a red fox with a little genetic anomoly.

By BT,TC on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 09:04 am:

I love this photo....the fox is a very pretty animal.

By tom on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 09:07 am:

I ju$t returned from a trip to Marquette and wa$ $tunned by the amount of $nowmobiles that I $aw on thi$ trip. $aw at lea$t 200 $unday coming $outh over the Mac Bridge. Total during driving for 3 day$ in U. P. would be at lea$t 3 to 4 thou$and. I hope that the dollar$ $pent by the Troll$ is $urley appreciated by the local$.

By Mike Beaverton mi on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 09:30 am:

Cute little critter!! By the way,what is the correct pronunciation of Bete Grise?

By JRH,MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 09:45 am:

Correct pronunciation of Bete Grise. Bay Da Gree. Say it fast.

By Roudy Mi on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 09:53 am:

Now is that $urley Appreciated or $urely appreciated Tom? A ca$e can be made for both $ide$ of that di$cu$$ion.

By Trivia buff on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 10:21 am:

An interesting bit of trivia regarding the name Bete Grise.

Literal translation would be "gray beast", according to some French Canadian friends. I've read that the problem was with the English mis-spelling "baie de gres", which means "bay of sandstone"

As the Jacobsville Sandstone terminates there, and the beach's are composed of fine "singing sand", this seems a more meaningful name, than "gray beast".

By fy on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 10:35 am:

or Bay De Gree

By UP_gal on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:07 am:

Yes, I have seen grey fox in the CC. Not to many though.

By danbury; germany on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:09 am:

Hey Dom, where are you hiding from spring? ;)
Last time I checked, we had about 75C!

By danbury on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:14 am:

Oops. Make that 75F.

By MRL, also in Germany on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:27 am:

Fellow residents of Germany: Don't get too comfy with the unseasonal 60's & 70's. We'll be back to 50's & rain any time now, which is after all, normal for any season of the year in beautiful but usually damp, cloudy Deutschland!
Thanks to all the skilled photographers and computer techies who make this visit to my home state possible every day!

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:35 am:

Hey Mike P., Kingsford, MI...temporarily in Katy, TX,

Nice to see you're enjoying the sun, but more importantly the grandkids! Tell those little Texans (the big ones too!)that Aunta says, "Hey Y'all!", and pass around hugs and kisses for me too! :-)

Don't worry about missing too much shoveling, after all, it's only March!

By Bill & Ann Fisher, Oak Park, IL on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 12:31 pm:

We had a grey fox hanging around near our old cabin on Laughing Fish Point (near the Alger/ Marquette County line on Lake Superior) for a couple of years. It was a scruffy grey. The neatest thing about grey foxes is that they can climb trees. We've never seen it, but others have.

By Alice, Ventura, CA on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 12:32 pm:

Kind of interesting seeing the gas price sign. Here in CA, I paid $2.09 in LA the other day. That was a good price at that as many of the other stations were $2.11 or more. That was for regular, not premium, full service or anything fancy. And yes, I do remember when buying gas, got it pumped, windows washed and your oil and water checked for the price of the gas.

By Alex Tiensivu on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 12:33 pm:

$1.09 PER GALLON OF GAS? We're at $1.85 and going up, up, up! I think I need to go UP, and I don't mean up. (Think about this!) :)

Fran... Let's by a 2-Family and MOVE!

By DB on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 12:46 pm:


By JRH,MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 12:49 pm:

Gas in the UP is right around a $1.80 for unleaded regular. That sign picture is six (6) years old.

By CAR, MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 01:06 pm:

Does Gary still play at the Library in Houghton? Does he have a web site?

By ric, WI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 02:01 pm:

do the yuppies still allow live music at the "Library" in Houghton?

Just curious

By Mary Drew on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 02:55 pm:

Hey Alex,
My neighbor across the street here has a 2-Family home for sale...I'd love to have you and Fran for neighbors! :->

By Snowlover on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 03:35 pm:

And still more beautiful pictures on this site, proving once again, that it's the best site on the WWW!

That fox looks so healthy, so nice to see.

By Ernie WA on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 03:41 pm:

Is the Gray Fox the same as the Silver Fox? Been a few years since I saw one in the CC. The red fox brought back memories. Back in the late 60's I went Isle Royal and as we were having a little roast at an open fire a red fox paid us a visit. It was brave enough to come right up to us and took a little food out of our hands. I have some pics of it some where.

By Fred on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 04:07 pm:

Great pic!

By J, Houghton on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 04:22 pm:

What a beautiful animal. I've never seen a fox so healthy looking. The only ones I've seen have been thin and scraggly.

By Louan-Elk Rapids MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 04:37 pm:

Dang it, I don't even know who Gary is, but now I want somebody to tell us if he plays in the library, and if it's because the yuppies let him do it. I'm a musician and always like to see and hear live music, in a library or any place, for that mater.

By Gordo in Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 04:47 pm:

Great photo. I saw a fox in the wild just once and he did not notice me. The most graceful moving creature I have ever seen. Your pictures brought back fond memories.

By K.M.A. on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 04:49 pm:

Yuppy = Someone who is gainfully employed and pays lots of taxes that support those who are not...

By BT,TC on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 04:51 pm:

Louan....I think they mean the Library Bar in Houghton.

By Louan-Elk Rapids MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 05:12 pm:

Ohhhhhhhhhhh,The Library! I get it. Hey, I call those Yuppies,"fans". As an artist, who from time to time is called upon to play(or as we say, work),
it is nice to know that someone is willing to pay us for the music they have enjoyed.
I love you guys!

By Tim, St. Clair Shores, MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 05:28 pm:

I noticed Bete Grise is on the map of Michigan, but when I drove by trying to find it, all I saw was a private road stating no trespassing and the Bete Grise Bay. Is this a ghost town like Phoenix, MI or Deleware, MI or is there an actual little town down that dirt road? Could someone in Pastyland answer that?

By sld,MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 05:37 pm:

BTW - I love today's photo. I've only seen a red fox once and he was gorgeous as well.

Thanks I view the photos everyday and re-live my childhood summer vacations in Baraga County where my mother was born.

By Lyn Rayrat on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 05:48 pm:

I would like to be the first to wish Charlie Hopper a Happy Birthday. Tomorrow is his birthday and I am posting this now because I will be out of town tomorrow. Charlie, hope your day is a special one.

By Paul in Illinois on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:11 pm:

Such is the love among the sub species of canines. We had lots of fox around when I was first exiled to the prairie. Now we see coyotes fairly often and very few fox. Coyote eat fox and wolves eat both - we need wolves in Illinois to control the coyotes and deer. One poor displaced wolf ventured down here from MI or MN and was shot for looking like a super-sized coyote.
Tim, Bete Gris never quite made town status, there was as there is now fishing, the cuts, and summer homes once the Copper Country hit its prime. The Conglomerate Mining Co. up at Deleware built a stamp mill on Lac la Belle and ran a railrod down from the mine. The cuts where dredged out to provide access to the big lake and from 1906 to 1918 there was a direct rail line to Calumet and below which enhanced the resort - summer home status of the area.

By The Dam Guy, Parasite Creek on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:15 pm:

In the interest of social commentary: the only difference I can see between a Yuppie and a Yooper
is the fact that a Yuppie wants a cabin in the woods and a Yooper already has one... And speaking
for myself, rednecks (like me) also have jobs and pay taxes, although oftentimes our jobs involve getting our hands dirty.

By maijaMI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:17 pm:

Hey, what's with the yuppie prejudice? I hope you wonderful people don't think all of us that come up there regularly are "yuppies"! And, hey, I know it ain't the old Library, but what is that about "allow" live music? The new Library has great brew! Ok, it's not the Ambassador, the Dog House, or the Michigan House in Calumet. Having been there every year of my life (except 3) once or twice or three times, I can't say the changes aren't good. The changes have not destroyed your heritage or look. And we non-local yooper wanabes support your preservation!

By maijaMI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:21 pm:

Absolutely gorgeous pictures. Bete Gris, my favorite place! And I don't care what anyone says, that fox is smiling!

Northern Experience TV show down here did a Keeweenaw tour. It was pretty well done, hit the major places and excellent photography. But the narrator said, "Bet Grease" Oh, well...

By mik on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:22 pm:

Who said Phoenix is a ghost town?? There is at least four people living there..Ha

By Fran,Ga on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:49 pm:

Mary,that would be nice if Alex and his family and ours could live across the street. There are sure some(mostly) very nice people on Pasty Cam

That litle fox is so cute and he does look like he's smiling.

By Patt on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 07:53 pm:

Hey Foxxy Lady- Saw and almost hit a very scruffy looking grey fox just above the bridge about 10 years ago. My kids and I were returning from an early summer camping trip. It was a Sunday and just a little after sunrise. We were the only car on south-bound I-75 near Castle Rock when I thought I saw a German Sherphard crossing the x-way. As we got closer and this "dog" came into to better view it became clear that it was no German Shephard. What surprised me the most was the huge tufts of hair that appeared to be trying to shed but kind stuck out all over the place. As we drove closer it scooted on accross the X-way. I often wonder if the gray fox that is now in a display case at the Welcome Center in St Ignace is the same one as the dates line up and it sure does look like it. Guess I will never know for sure though.

By Patt on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 07:59 pm:

OOPS Foxxy GRRL excuse the error in your name. And the more I am thinking about it what we saw was not a fox at all but a wolf.. Was too big to be a fox. Got my species mixed up just a tad. Wadda' expect from a troll anyways? (grin)

None the less what we saw sure does resemble that stuffed critter at the Welcome Center. To this day each time we stop in there my, now adult, kids comment on it.

By Michigan on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:31 pm:

My post has absolutely nothing to do with today's picture, but pictures that appeared in 2001.

I'm a current student at JHS and I saw old pictures of the study hall and such, and people saying how they didn't like the talk about the renovations...Well here's a link to the school website to check out the changes. Other parts of the site are very outdated, but that's okay...the teacher never updates the site with the pages some of the students work on. The second link is the "1934 - Blast from the Past" pictures

By me on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 08:44 pm:

I thought Bete Grise means The Gray Beast, which was named by Native American Indians...wayyyyy back when the place was populated with wolf. Not us people.

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 10:10 pm:

I read a story about an old sailor who called it Beet Grease Bay. Oh well. That is a very healthy looking fox. Really a nice pic.
Fran GA, we're praying.

By Lee on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 10:32 pm:

I thought that Bete Grise meant the singing sands. When you walked on em' they "squeaked".Just a thought that I grew up with.:O)

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 10:57 pm:

Alex needs to talk with Mary Drew!!!!!

By Steve the flying troll on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:03 pm:

As a guy who believes in free speech and personal responsibility, I deplore censorship....but I like this most civilized site so well (read number 1) that if someone is ugly for no reason other than to spread ugly........then zap em.....
Respectfully yours.............Thanks

By steve again on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:04 pm:

ps that fox is stuffed.............

By Michele Houghton, MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:33 pm:

That fox has been making regular meals on someones/everyone's feeders. No great surprise he/she looks so healthy. Likely the male--- seems nature makes females less noticable for safety's sake.

By sld, MI on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:52 pm:

Patti - we got an answer :-)

By Foxxy Grrl on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 08:26 am:

Thanks, Patt.

By froggy on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 09:27 am:

RCW-unfortunately I am now in rural area south of "the straits" as it used to be refered to before the bridge was built. Never made it back to live in our CC but am back time to time.
Paul- thanks for your info, I always find your contributions interesting. We also have alot of coyotes now. Never saw that many years ago. Was a bounty on them even into the 60's I believe.
Comment on the Yuppie vs Yooper debate---seems to me that the one party seems to have discovered the UP somewhat recently and it has become "vogue" in the last twenty years or so. Just like pickups, plaid shirts, and carharts. The other party was "up north" even when it wasnt cool. Those that have known the area for along time hate to see its personality change as it most certainly will when the big money comes. Attitudes and outlooks change with money, its human nature. When I was young people in the CC didnt lock their doors, and most didnt care if the neighborhood kids cut across the yard. Dont try it in Rochester or Troy or Northville. Witness the "keep out" signs all over the UP now. I dont mean any offense, just my observations

By cak on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 10:47 am:

Froggy: I say amen to your 'Yuppie vs Yooper' statement. Along with money comes attitude. I could not have said it better.

By WALTER P TAMPA on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 06:52 pm:


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