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

Joan, reading at camp

Joan, reading at camp

On This Date: Photo taken 7/13/2011

On July 13 I often take pictures of Joan. And her Kindle.


This one’s at Van Riper State Park, near Marquette, in 2011. I’ve found her reading on our porch in 2013 (the only photo I took that day), and last year I caught her at the Fort Wilkins campground.

Number of pix taken on various July 13ths: 396
Year of oldest photo: 2007

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 22
  • 3 Stars: 274
  • 4 Stars: 90
  • 5 Stars: 5

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Watch the Sky

The Sky

On This Date: Photo taken 7/12/2007

Went to see the Whitecaps host the Beloit Snappers in (suburban) Grand Rapids a decade ago.

Watched a storm blow in….


They got the game in. I notice that the box score describes the weather as “Cloudy.”

Number of pix taken on various July 12ths: 783
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 64
  • 3 Stars: 548
  • 4 Stars: 145
  • 5 Stars: 22

Stockade

Stockade

On This Date: Photo taken 7/11/2016

Fort Wilkins was built in the 1840s to keep the peace between the copper miners and the natives, who’d recently signed away their rights to what we call the Upper Peninsula at the (first) Treaty of LaPointe. The peacekeeping turned out to be minimal and the fort was largely abandoned after a couple years.

The Army briefly reopened the post after the Civil War, evidently just because they needed a place for soldiers to finish out their terms. The Army’s like that.

Wilkins is a godforsaken place, at the extreme end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, out in the middle of Lake Superior.

Wilkins is a beautiful place, at the extreme end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, out in the middle of Lake Superior.

It’s all a matter of perspective.


Another way to describe the location: Fort Wilkins is at the extreme northern end of US-41.

I first visited the fort in 1965, and find my way up there about once a decade. It’s a wonderful place to stay for a few days. I’m reasonably sure I don’t want to live in the adjacent town, Copper Harbor, though.

And a new “camera” note: On this date in 2015 I took my first iPhone 6+ photo. As usual, it was of Taffy, catching rays in the picture window.

Number of pix taken on various July 11ths: 1323
Year of oldest photo: 1999 [my last visit to Tiger Stadium]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 111
  • 3 Stars: 1039
  • 4 Stars: 158
  • 5 Stars: 11

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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