Into the Woods at Loleta

Into the Woods at Loleta

On This Date: Photo taken 7/22/1999

Joan said “How about we vacation in the Alleghenies?” (I confess I’m doing some paraphrasing, here.) So we found a place called Loleta.

Loleta was once a logging town in western Pennsylvania, but the trees ran out, the mill closed, and the town was abandoned about a century ago. There’s now a National Forest campground where the town was, with CCC construction at the site and trails through the woods. The camp also turned out to be a fine base for day trips to PA historic sites.


Number of pix taken on various July 22nds: 648
Year of oldest photo: 1999

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 18
  • 2 Stars: 67
  • 3 Stars: 326
  • 4 Stars: 208
  • 5 Stars: 29

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Millrace

Millrace

On This Date: Photo taken 7/20/2004

Babcock State Park’s a pretty place in West Virginia’s New River Gorge where Joan and I have often vacationed. On various trips we’ve camped in a tent, camped in a popup trailer, and stayed in cabins. Obviously we enjoy the place.

The park’s mostly a rather steep wilderness on the side of the gorge, but its most famous feature is Glade Creek Mill. This is that mill, as the sign testifies, but it’s none of the usual pictures. I’ve taken those photographs, too, but….


This is the only digital photograph surviving from that vacation. I’ve film pix from that week, but I can’t confidently date those.

I’d bought my first digital camera in late 2002, and while I was still predominantly a film SLR photographer it was clear by the summer of 2004 that I needed to back up my digital images. So I began burning the pix to CDs. After a false start or two I came up with the system I still use, though it’s been augmented over the years. I began with the oldest digital pix and worked through 2003. At that point I took a break.

Then my laptop’s drive failed. The only digital pix that survived that failure were duplicated, for one reason or another, and stored away from that computer. This photo was one of those. But the larger reality is that I lost most digital images I took between Christmas of 2003 and October 2, 2004.

There’s a lesson in there….

And a new camera note: One year ago today I bought my D500. It’s been fun, but I’m still figuring it out….

Number of pix taken on various July 20ths: 1266
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 91
  • 3 Stars: 934
  • 4 Stars: 206
  • 5 Stars: 35

Susan

Susan

On This Date: Photo taken 7/19/2014

Our yard’s colors generally peak in mid-July.


Number of pix taken on various July 19ths: 321 [includes three by my mother]
Year of oldest photo: 1991 [Mom’s pics–of my house the day I moved here]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 14
  • 3 Stars: 228
  • 4 Stars: 74
  • 5 Stars: 4

Twin Lakes State Park

Twin Lakes State Park

On This Date: Photo taken 7/18/2005

South of Houghton, Michigan, on the Keweenaw Peninsula. One of the few places we’ve camped that didn’t overlook the Great Lakes.


Most years we vacation in the Upper Peninsula.

Number of pix taken on various July 18ths: 545
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 20
  • 2 Stars: 41
  • 3 Stars: 391
  • 4 Stars: 82
  • 5 Stars: 11

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Joan in the Sunshine

Joan in the Sunshine

On This Date: Photo taken 7/17/2006

Cheboygan State Park: Joan’s out on the “beach” (more like a marsh, actually) on the edge of Duncan Bay, while I’m on the path between our campsite and the bay. We went looking for tiny frogs hiding amongst the rushes.

We’d soon head over to the long beach along the Straits, where we’d wander all afternoon. The beach walk included an exploration of the site of the original Cheboygan Point lighthouse.

Several pix I took on that walk were framed like this. Clearly I was deliberately making high-contrast photographs. Sometimes I do things like that.


In mid-July we hit the beaches. We make an overnight excursion to Ludington. We spend the day at South Haven, Saugatuck, or Norton Shores. We set up camp in Cheboygan. Or Harrisville. Or Port Austin. All the same: We’re at the beach.

Cheboygan, especially. We keep returning to Cheboygan.

Number of pix taken on various July 17ths: 498
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 28
  • 3 Stars: 366
  • 4 Stars: 94
  • 5 Stars: 10

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Picnic

Picnic

On This Date: Photo taken 7/16/2013

At the Big Sable Lighthouse.


We spent a night or two in Ludington. Watched the ferry (Badger) come and go, walked the beach in town and at the state park, explored downtown a bit, found an excellent meal, and visited both the Pier Light and Big Sable. A good weekend.

Except for our room, which was awful.

Number of pix taken on various July 16ths: 618 [21 are Joan’s, taken at a baseball game in Cincinnati]
Year of oldest photo: 1992

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 33
  • 3 Stars: 468
  • 4 Stars: 108
  • 5 Stars: 8

Wilfred Sykes

Wilfred Sykes

On This Date: Photo taken 7/15/2007

A decade ago we made a day trip to Muskegon, where we walked the beach, followed a trail through the woods at the state park, watched Lake Express rush off to Milwaukee, and saw the Sykes for the first time in my life.


Wilfred Sykes was built by Inland Steel the year I was born, the first freighter built on the Lakes after WW II and at the time the largest ship on the Great Lakes (“The Queen of the Lakes”). She’s widely considered the first modern lakes freighter, and was the prototype for most lakers until ship architects moved the bridge to the rear of the boat in the seventies.

A new lens note: On 7/15/2015 I attached my new 32 mm f/1.2 lens to my Nikon 1 V2 and took my first photographs with that lens–of lilies, freshly opened in our yard. I generally describe this as the best lens I own.

Number of pix taken on various July 15ths: 1004
Year of oldest photo: 1997

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 67
  • 3 Stars: 715
  • 4 Stars: 196
  • 5 Stars: 25

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Rapids below Canyon Falls

Rapids below Canyon Falls

On This Date: Photo taken 7/14/2011

Canyon Falls is near Alberta, on US-41 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Which is pretty much the definition of nowhere.

If you find your way to the place, though, it’s worth the visit. A short hike from the parking area takes you into the small gorge and to the waterfall. And the rapids.


Two photographs today. Just because.

Some days photography’s just fun. Six years back I had one of those days. This is a 1/6 second, ISO 200, f/29, hand-held exposure. Pretty sure I couldn’t do that today….

Number of pix taken on various July 14ths: 647
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 59
  • 3 Stars: 448
  • 4 Stars: 125
  • 5 Stars: 13

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Old Reliable

Old Reliable

On This Date: Photo taken 7/14/2016

People think of #2 Shafthouse as Quincy Mine, but it’s only the most prominent in a large collection of buildings, many of which are damaged or missing. The shafthouse is now part of a museum complex on the site of the former mine, run by the Quincy Mine Hoist Association. It’s a key component of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, which celebrates Michigan’s copper mining heritage.

A year ago–a dull grey day, as you can see–we decided to leave our Fort Wilkins campsite and visit the mine. It was an interesting visit, and we got some good photographs. Definitely worth the trip.


Two photographs today. Just because.

Quincy was one of the world’s great copper mines, producing ore from 1844 through 1945 (or 1931, or about 1970–sources vary, probably for good reasons, though the last date’s likely a stretch).

When I was younger the shafthouse was a rusty thing, but the Association restored it around 1990. I toured the place shortly after the restoration with a railfan group, part of a very interesting fall weekend looking at mining museums and remnants of the Copper Range Railroad. Our visit a year ago was far less ambitious.

Number of pix taken on various July 14ths: 647
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 59
  • 3 Stars: 448
  • 4 Stars: 125
  • 5 Stars: 13

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