Aug 26-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: August: Aug 26-02
Weathered Wood    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Donn de Yampert

Toivo from toivola on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 09:22 am:

Wasn't it the Finnish-American humorist Will Rogersniemi who said, "I never met a chunk of driftwood I didn't like" ? He must have been walking the beaches of the U.P. at the time.

Donn de Yampert found this one along a stretch of stampsand. Actually, those structures in the background look like the "yurts" up on Mount Bohemia, which isn't close to the shore at all. Maybe Donn can illuminate us as to the exact location.

By Kate - Ann Arbor MI on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 09:25 am:

Does anyone else see the 'moose' on the right?! I really love this web site.

By Mike, MI on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 09:40 am:

Looks like Bullwinkle to me allright.

By H. Donn de Yampert - Houghton, MI. on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 09:45 am:

Those "yurts" are the special tops for the Houghton Sewage Treatment Center. Yes, good eye, I see the moose too. Thanks...

By Karen P, MN on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 03:01 pm:

When I first saw this picture, I thought it was a dinosaur skull! Shows what good eyes I have.

By Martha K., Pinckney, MI on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 03:15 pm:

It looks like a mighty angry moose, too!

By Ken from da UP on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 09:23 pm:

I thought it looked like a sleepy moose. :o)
It sure ain't Bullwinkle!

By Curious In Mi on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 10:32 pm:

Where's the Moose? I don't see a Moose.

By All of us out there in Mi on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 10:37 pm:

Looks more like a dead Moose

By JC Indiana on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 - 03:55 am:

From here any moose is a good moose

By Dan in Fenton, MI on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 - 08:25 am:

All of us out there, I was thinking the same thing. Also looks like the crows got to it. Yuck!

By Kate, CA on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 - 10:55 am:

Don't you love how pasty cam captures your
imagination? I thought it looked like driftwood! A
huge honkin' piece of it too....must have been a
heck of a wave that washed it onshore.

By Myrt on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 - 01:32 pm:

Where is the Houghton Sewage Plant located?

By Marc, offshore GoM on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 03:13 am:

It is located on the stamp sands to the West of the Pilgrim River mouth, just East of Houghton. Unfortunately, you can see the plant from the river, whilst fishing:(
I wish they would at least surround it with trees.

By anon on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 09:09 am:

What is stamp sand?

By sg, pa on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 09:26 am:

I believe stamp sand was the by-product of the stamping process used to extract copper from rocks.

By Former Keweenaw girl on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 09:38 am:

Stamp sand is a by-product of copper mining. After the copper was extracted from the rock, what was left was "poor rock," that is, without copper (or value). That rock was ground (or stamped in mills) into coarse sand, and dumped into the lake and on the shores. It's all over the U.P. where mining took place. Since it's a pretty poor surface for vegetation, much of it has been remediated to allow grass and other vegetation to grow. Check out these links for more information:

By OL- YOOPPER ROCK PICKER on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 04:37 pm:

"Poor Rock" was separated from the copper bearing rock in the mine and handled seperately, now found in large piles near the mine sites. As sg,pa stated, the stamp sand came from the copper bearing rock that was refined at the stamp mills.

By jvm, lower mi on Saturday, September 27, 2003 - 09:30 pm:

A beautiful shot of 'weathered wood' ! But let your imagination grow: I not only see the moose but also a laughing puppy dog's head just over the moose eye; and what about that huge python arching over the top?/

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