May 04-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: May: May 04-04
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Photo by Paul Trautman

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 06:24 am:

The phases of the moon are the result of the sun illuminating this celestial sphere to certain degrees. Paul Trautman has captured it in its full glory, during the lunar orbit. It's a continuous monthly process, this changing illumination. One has to hope for clear skies in the Keweenaw tonight so you'll get a "live" view in your own backyard. The full moon is given different names, depending on when it appears... for instance, "Harvest Moon", which is during September or October. Can anyone name the May Full Moon?

old sign

By Larry-IN on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 06:29 am:

It is the Flower moon...planting time folks!

I love that sign when we roll into the harbor..Gitchee Gumee is the best "filter" on earth.

By camwatcher on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 06:30 am:

Ahh...Two pictures today. How nice. The full moon was magnificent last night.Hope everyone enjoys this little "breather " today. Good morning to all.

By Brad on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 06:34 am:

Its called the Flower Moon or Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 06:41 am:

The moon was glorious here in AMA last two nights. Makes everyone a little "crazy" though. Not so sure about planting the corn here--no enough water. Glad you were up so early!

By Charlie H. in Eagle River, MI on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 07:33 am:

The "Wallpaper of the Week" page was been brought up-to-date last night, and the background on my own laptop now has a full moon - the one near Marquette from Joshua Soumis:

By the way, have you seen the new "Calumetopoly" game sponsored by Main Street Calumet? It's selling like hotcakes here in the Copper Country. You may still be able to order one from Pasty Softwear in time for Mother's Day ($25 plus s/h), or if you're in Calumet stop by Still Waters at the corner of Mine and Elm and save shipping cost. Pasty Central/Pasty.NET anchors the corner of this nifty board game, along with many other familiar local businesses. Looks like fun!
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ChuckZar from GR on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 08:14 am:

Good morning Copper Country. I will be in Houghton on Friday to pick my boy up from MTU. Another school year done. Can't wait to breath the air. I think we will cruise the UP for few days.

By bob. michigan on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 08:24 am:

were is that pic?

By vaalea on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 08:35 am:

Lookit those game pieces....I wanted to be the limo with the stuffed people in the back!

By BT,TC on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 08:43 am:

I noticed that beautiful moon down here in the Northern Lower last night....awesome! And I will always have wonderful memories of that sign as we pulled into the Copper Country every summer on our way to my Gramma's farm in Bootjack. I was always SO happy to get there every year and spend the summer! Wish I could do it again....but alas...only in my dreams! Thanks for the reminder of wonderful days gone by!

By BT on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 08:43 am:

Oh and thanks for providing me a new background for today!

By bjmi on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 09:36 am:

BT,TC were was your grandma's farm in Bootjack?

By Misplaced Michigander, NJ on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 09:40 am:

Thanks for the full moon; ours here in New Jersey was covered by rain clouds last night. The photo's three-dimensional quality is amazing. Seems like you could just reach out and pick up the moon.

By wasayooper on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 09:41 am:

Moon was awesome here in sunny FL last night too.
Remember that sign as we came into Houghton by Tech. Have a picture of us by it somewhere, taken in the 50's....

By Marsha, Genesee and Aura on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 09:59 am:

We were talking here a few days ago about how the moon sometimes appears larger. I can vividly recall our trip up last fall when we were in the Newberry area going west. I was driving and it was pitch black, when all of a sudden a huge orange moon appeared in my rearview mirror. It encompassed the entire mirror and seemed to block the road behind me. I was so mesmerized by that sight that it was good a deer didn't run out in front of me! I kept watching it until it was out of the view of the mirror.

Beautiful shot today! My husband is coming up to Aura this week, but I'll have to wait until school is out in June.

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 10:23 am:

Noticed the same Moon last night here in Texas. Amazing huh?

By BT,TC on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 10:49 am:

bjmi...the farm was...(still is...but under new ownership)off the mud lake had to turn up at Leblanc's motel...then turn right about 1/2 mile up. The Aittama farm....what a wonderful place it was!

By Carol, IL on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 10:49 am:

Can anyone help me? A while back, when visiting, I found a link or a picture of some beautiful watches with bands made with stones found in the UP. Unfortunately, I didn't bookmark or save the site. Can anyone help me get back there? Thank you. PS. Thank all of you for the daily shot of beauty and kindness I find here.

Editor's note: Just in time for Mother's Day - May 9.
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By Lorelei, MI on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 10:52 am:

Click the Pasty Software link above directly under the Calumetopoly game. There are some watches made of UP stones there.

By Carol, IL on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 10:57 am:

That's It!! Thanks so much Lorelei

By JM...Wisconsin on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 11:59 am:

I just want to tell all the YOOPERS from the Calumet area, that on the intro page the COPPER WORLD web site, is a book on SWEDETOWN. It was written by a yound lad whose mom and grandparents lived in Swedetown. It is really interesting to read how Swedetown was developed and has gotten it's name. For those of you who buy it, happy reading.

By Mr. Wheatman, South end on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 12:18 pm:

Ahh the moon, Earth's celestial neighbor, official name - the moon. A climacteric confederate in the equilibrium of it's isochronal phases indeed. It is a recurring scapegoat of things of evil as well as wonder. Kudos on the fine shot.


By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 12:39 pm:

Awesome moon picture! Was this picture taken today? It's just as awesome as the moon was in San Jose at 5:30 this morning. It was huge!

By Marsha on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 01:06 pm:

Does anyone remember what happened on this day in 1970?

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 01:08 pm:

Kent State??

By Connie - Colorado on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 01:09 pm:

Tomorrow morning is when you will want to try to get that morning shot of the moon that was desired about two weeks ago. Go out between 4am and 4:30am and look west. You should get the true full moon with the glow of the break of daylight which would make for great photos. The moon may appear larger when it is near the horizon due the the known size of objects in front of it. Hold your hand out as far as you can and measure the moon like your index finger and thumb are the micrometer. Wait for the moon to center itself in the sky and use the same micrometer. You won't see much difference. When the moon appears bigger than a tree, your mind tells you it's bigger, but it's no bigger than it ever was.

By Mike R. New Berlin, WI on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 01:57 pm:

4 students killed by the National Guard.

By Roudy Mi on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 02:17 pm:

A dime held at arms' length also works as an object to compare the moon with at the horizon and when it's over head. They'll be about the same size for comparison. Try it and see. Test results tomorrow on PASTY CAM! Quiz on Thrusday.

By Roudy Mi on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 02:19 pm:

Would you believe Thursday? And I thuoght I pruuf read that.

By Stefani, IL on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 02:35 pm:

What is a Full Flower Moon?

In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

By Dave, Laurium on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 04:11 pm:

Here is a page from the 'old reliable' Farmer's Almanac, it describes the many different full moon types.

By Dave in Kuwait on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 04:28 pm:

Here in Kuwait we currently have a full lunar eclipse.

By Suzanne, WI on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 05:25 pm:

What was the smoke in Copper Harbor this afternoon? It was a large plume of smoke seen from Sharon Smiths site. Any ideas? You can still see a wisp or two of smoke still.

By Trish, WA on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 06:30 pm:

Try this: The full moon looks large when looked at
with the naked eye. Now try to 'pinch' it between your
forefinger and thumb as if plucking it from the sky, and
then observe the width of the space between the
fingers. It's surprisingly only about the size of a pea!
Optical illusion?

By Patt on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 07:57 pm:

To Dave in Kuwait.. God's speed to you. Stay safe!

By dave s wisc on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 07:57 pm:

i see the trucker guy made it to the can see his truck when you view the bridgecam :)

By Robert, CO on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 08:01 pm:

Dave in Kuwait: Cool! You noticed! I hope you had time to kick back for a few minutes and enjoy the spectacle. We'll have to wait 'til October 28 to see one on this side of the world. Stay safe!

By Bthecute1 on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 09:34 pm:

Did you know that February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
Ahh, Mr. Wheatman, your gramatical expressions are far beyond the scope of my mental intellect!

By Bthecute1 on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - 10:11 pm:

Just came back from Michigan, Plymouth to be exact. Brother but it is cold there. I could not seem to get warm. I'm GLAD to be back in San Jose. Believe me, one has to have SISU to live there.

By Renee in AL on Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - 05:55 am:

Hi all!
I love the moon picture! Very nice! Another neat astronomical wonder you can try and spot is to go out a little before sun up and look East. In the constalation of Pegasus there is now comet Bradfield. It will sweep in front of the Andromeda galaxy, also in that location of the sky, over the next few days too. So that should be quiet a site!
On another note....I think the Calumetopoly is a neat idea! Better still though would be a Yooperopoly! A game which can encompass all the landmarks of the UP. Instead of Boardwalk and Park Place it can have Isle Royal and The Porkies. Other "properties" on the board can be the Lift Bridge, different UP lighthouses, copper mines, etc. There are more then enough landmarks to be able to fill all the spaces on the game up. Of course one of the little token pieces you can move around the board has to be a pasty! It can also have other tokens like a lighthouse, moose, blackfly, etc.
What do you all think?? Maybe some one will take this idea and run with it! I can only hope as I would be the first in line to buy such a game!
Best wishes to all!

By kathy, michigan on Thursday, May 6, 2004 - 08:54 am:

i cant imagine any one complaining about michigan! i've been here 0nly 8 years, a transplant from az. and in this short time i found the perfect man that i also fell completly in love with! toured and vacationed the u.p, and fell in love with the land and uppers!!! especially Hoolie and his gang!!! i could'nt ever imagain living any were else on earth! there just seems to be always somthing to do here,thanks for the moon picture it was great! kathy in macomb twp.

By Joyce T , Mich. on Friday, May 7, 2004 - 01:02 am:

I take advantage of the full moon during the winter months (lake effect snow and bitter temps permitting) by skiing along the beach and following snowmobile trails through the woods in the Agate Beach area.Our dog does her Scooby Doo impressions while I'm tying my boot laces.She has a special "ski howl" she can't contain while I'm quickly gathering my gear.While everyone else is asleep,we slip out. She jogs a few paces ahead of me,leaving fluorescent pawprints in the snow. The illumination of a winter moon is indescribable.The air smells like cold,clean,solar dried cotton sheets.I've been going on these excursions for years and will as long as I'm able to move! I have to remind myself not to be crabby later in the morning.The sacrifice of a couple or more hours of sleep is worth it.

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Saturday, May 8, 2004 - 12:16 am:

I am not complaining about Michigan. It is a great place to be from. I was born and raised in Calumet,and I remember the cold, and the snow piled so high after a storm that we had to tunnel our way out of the house before we could go to school. I remember the mosquitos and Black flys that if they could would eat you alive. Yes the scenery is beautiful, and everything is so green, and one gets that homesick feeling every now and then, but, one learns how to make a good pasty and exchanges the beauty there, for the beauty here. And one learns how to adjust to a new environment and embraces it. To each his own.

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