Almost an Island

Almost an Island

On This Date: Photo taken 7/10/2011

Marquette, on Lake Superior.

The park’s name is Presque Isle; the dock goes by LS&I (short for Lake Superior and Ishpeming) and by Upper Harbor and by (again) Presque Isle, depending who you ask. Presque Isle means “almost an island,” which describes the park.

Iron ore’s been shipped through Marquette since the locks at Sault Ste Marie opened in 1855, and for decades mining-related industries were the lifeblood of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. That’s nearing its end. This dock, built in 1911, is the last ore shipping facility active in Michigan, and Tilden Mine’s the last active pit.


I can chatter on about the Lake Superior iron mines for hours–I wrote my senior paper in college about them. I’ll spare you that. At least for today.

Number of pix taken on various July 10ths: 1053
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 62
  • 3 Stars: 834
  • 4 Stars: 144
  • 5 Stars: 9

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Sails

Sails

On This Date: Photo taken 6/28/2015

There comes a time, late in the afternoon, when all the sailors return to harbor. Muskegon, two years ago today.

Do notice the South Pier Light marking the harbor’s entrance. Thanks.


Posting two pix again today, because I’ve two photos I want to share.

Number of pix taken on various June 28ths: 720 [includes 3 by my father]
Year of oldest photo: 2003 [Dad’s are dated 1978]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 47
  • 3 Stars: 538
  • 4 Stars: 112
  • 5 Stars: 22

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St Clair

St Clair

On This Date: Photo taken 6/24/2005

Since we were already up north for the car show (see yesterday’s On This Date), we headed to Sault Ste Marie for Engineer’s Day. And watched the big boats from up close.

St Clair‘s a 770 foot vessel, launched in 1975 to ferry coal to the Belle River power plant. She now carries other bulk cargoes, like most lakers.


We’ll be heading north for Engineer’s Day again this Friday, but we’re staying at a Soo hotel this time. See some of you there!

Number of pix taken on various June 24ths: 489
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 23
  • 3 Stars: 316
  • 4 Stars: 126
  • 5 Stars: 22

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Horsepower

Horsepower

On This Date: Photo taken 6/16/2013

On Mackinac Island you travel by foot, bicycle, or horse.


We’ve never taken one of the carriage tours. Maybe this year….

Number of pix taken on various June 16ths: 2576
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 34
  • 2 Stars: 243
  • 3 Stars: 1654
  • 4 Stars: 533
  • 5 Stars: 112

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The Big Red Lighthouse

The Big Red Lighthouse

On This Date: Photo taken 6/12/2011

Holland, Michigan. Properly it’s the Holland Harbor Light, but everyone calls it Big Red.


There will be more lighthouses before we finish this walk through my photo files. I promise.

Number of pix taken on various June 12ths: 548
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 9
  • 2 Stars: 64
  • 3 Stars: 345
  • 4 Stars: 110
  • 5 Stars: 20

Besides my own pix, I’ve 25 photographs my brother took at a Habitat for Humanities project on 6/12/2010. Frankly they’re pretty boring; Richard was just documenting the project.

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The Lower Falls

The Lower Falls

On This Date: Photo taken 6/10/2016

Tahquamenon Falls State Park. You park the car, follow the walk past the concession buildings, and this is the view. I love it.

I’ve always loved it.


I’ve been vacationing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since the early ’60s. This is the place I’m most likely to visit.

Paradise.

Number of pix taken on various June 10ths: 1182
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 7
  • 2 Stars: 104
  • 3 Stars: 897
  • 4 Stars: 156
  • 5 Stars: 18

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Empire Bluff

Empire Bluff

On This Date: Photo taken 2/28/2008.

This is why we go north for my birthday.


On this date in 2008 we journeyed along M-22 and I got wonderful photographs at Glen Haven, at Empire, and at Betsie. The grand light and the superb sky certainly helped.

Number of pix taken on various February 28ths: 380
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 15
  • 3 Stars: 261
  • 4 Stars: 76
  • 5 Stars: 25

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On the Beach

On the Beach

On This Date: Photo taken 2/25/2016.

About half the time February 25 is a travel day. I manage to take photographs, but a surprising number of them are of the Morley rest area, south of Big Rapids, which is flat and wide open and fairly photogenic. I also take pix of US-131, and the passing scenery.

We eventually make it to Traverse City. Last year we found the water high, relatively little ice, and the beach at Pointes North much abbreviated.


We’re not on the road today. We’ll head north in about a week.

Number of pix taken on various February 25ths: 84
Year of oldest photo: 2006

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1 [a very poor video]
  • 2 Stars: 4
  • 3 Stars: 63
  • 4 Stars: 14
  • 5 Stars: 2

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Lewis Cass by Andrew McLaughlin: a review

A painful read; the author’s low opinions of almost everyone not named Lewis Cass overwhelm any value from his research. The early French settlers, according to this book, were incompetent and lazy, and didn’t understand democracy. The British who succeeded them were devious and untrustworthy. All of America’s subsequent Indian problems were provoked by foreign powers.

General Hull–well, he gets Hull right. Hull was incompetent, and he demonstrates that in detail. But even here the author’s text is unnecessarily biased.

Gave up after about 60 pages.

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