Nov 03-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: November: Nov 03-04
Rainbow over the Point    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Robert C. Wetton
Coloring Lac La Belle    ...scroll down to share comments - - > scroll right to see the rest!
Photo by Rick Olson
Spectrum from the Flats    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Taana Kalliainen

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 07:05 am:

Robert Wetton, Rick Olson and Taana Kalliainen, manage to be in the right place, at the right time, providing us with several views of the brilliant rainbow that graced our skies here in the Keweenaw a few days ago. Looks like Robert was in Bootjack, since the color spectrum is converging with Point Mills across the way. Rick was in Lac La Belle and Taana was on the Sturgeon River flats. I was in Houghton, when those colors emerged from the rainclouds and it actually was one of the brightest I've ever seen. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that even though Robert, Rick, Taana and I saw the rainbow at about the same time of day, it wasn't the same rainbow each of us were viewing! According to About Rainbows:

"The spectrum is a special distribution of colors with reference to a definite point, that point being the eye of the observer. Since no single distribution can be the same for two separate points, it makes sense that two observers do not and cannot see the same rainbow. In fact, each eye sees its own rainbow! Of course, a camera lens will record an image of a rainbow which can then be seen by many people"
Our thanks to many who have provided good feedback on our enhanced 'What'sUP' forum (see Discussion about the discussion). Post your thoughts prompted by today's pictures here on Cam Notes, and feel free to use 'What'sUP' for other U.P. announcements, odds 'n ends, etc.
By danbury on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 07:12 am:

Beautiful. I've rarely ever seen dual rainbows yet - remember one in NH over Lake Winnipesaukee (sp?), which I tried to photograph with a rather lacking result, compared to today pictures.

By POBrumm Wi on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 07:17 am:

Beautiful pictures, oh how I miss the U.P.

By smf in troll land on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 07:25 am:

Beautiful pictures!

By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge - Cadillac on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 07:44 am:


By Kathy from Whitmore Lake/Cheboygan on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 07:55 am:

Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I needed that.

By csm macomb, mi on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 08:05 am:

Looks like the entire "Copper" Country turned to a pot of "Gold" that day...

By maijaMI on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 08:15 am:

Absolutely the most amazing rainbow pictures. Wow! How fortunate are the ones who were there and were able to see first hand.

Hopefully these rainbows represent peace descending after the election frenzy.

Wonderful choice for today. Thank you editors!

By Janet, Ohio on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 08:30 am:

It looks like you could could reach out and get the pot of gold. Beautiful pictures.

By Therese from just below the bridge on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 08:45 am:

Really nice photos, esp the one over Lac La Belle. Dont think I've ever seen a rinbow with such a sharp delineation between the colors.

Has anyone else ever see a red rainbow? I've seen one twice, both times when the sun was very low in the sky, half below the horizon, and the only light that came through the column of rain was red -- so, the only color in the bow was red. A bit ominous.

By Michele on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 08:47 am:

Well, the UP is the pot of gold! So those of us living here do just reach out and grab it on a daily basis!!! Thank God for that! Now if only I can keep that same outlook when there is some 200 inches of snow!! For some reason, I just can't take the winter season as positivly as I can every other season in da UP! But I know there are many that love the white stuff, sadly I am not one of them--- so I'll take this mornings sunshine with GUSTO!!!

By Yooper in Indiana on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 08:55 am:

Great pictures this am,,,,only one thing lacking,,,I am not up in the Keweenaw...We should thank every one that took the time to vote yesterday,,,,,put down the blue and red and blend it to the white,,,,seek peace with each other and let this great country become a better place to live.

By Sarah, Central WI on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 08:56 am:

Somewhere over the rainbow...lies the UP! Beautiful pics today!

By Cyn from Unda DaBridge on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 09:12 am:

I had to capture these photos for my screensaver slideshow. I torture my fellow employees ( all trolls) with all these fantastic photos of the Upper Penn. on Pasty.Com. They all understand now why I miss it so much, and they all wish they could visit places like the one in this photo.
Thanks again!

By Doug the Troll, Wixom MI on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 09:18 am:

My aunt and uncle have a place on Lac La Belle. Have stayed there many many times in years past, where I've seen some of the most beautiful sunsets there could ever be, and photographed quite a few too, but never have seen a rainbow, or the Northern Lights. I guess this will have to do ;o)

By mo, Lac La Belle on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 09:26 am:

Doug the Troll...
Who is your Aunt and Uncle, we probably know them.
Great to see my husbands picture posted. It was truly an amazing sight.

By Lena, MN on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 09:32 am:

Remarkable photos. Looks like a dream. I have a question, someone told me yesterday there were timber rattlers on Keweenaw. Are they just on the eastern shores?

By kc, MN on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 09:39 am:

Love the pictures!!!

By Liz, Idaho on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 09:51 am:

This fantastic rainbow appeared after a downpour on Saturday morning. From the Copper Falls porch it appeared to have its pot of gold zeroed in on Clark's point in Sand Bay. Am so happy I witnessed it and the gents above captured it from their prospective!
Instant screen saver!

By Frances Georgia on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 10:16 am:

beautiful, such a great shot.

By Paul & Cora, Webberville Trolls on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 10:30 am:

One evening this past summer as a rainstorm was ending we had the good fortune to view a gorgeous double rainbow to the east of M-52 here in central lower Michigan. Unfortunately we did not have a camera with us. Several cars were stopped along the road and their occupants were outside their cars capturing this great creation of Mother Nature on film. Todays pictures are great! Hey Eagle Harbor Troll, evidently you just returned home from our area?

By Marty,LB on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 10:44 am:

Absolutley beautiful I don't know which to put as my wallpaper... I think i'll use all 3 . nice job again!

By anita, lp on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 10:55 am:

woooowwwww!! even a double rainbow. awesome. Thank you

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 11:31 am:

Those pictures are too awesome for words. It's like God is actually talking to us, since he sent a rainbow to tell us he would never flood the world again. I am in awe everytime I see one! These pictures are simply magnificant!

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 11:55 am:

Good morning! Beautiful rainbow pictures today and a great way for me to start my work day!

By Dr. Nat in Nevada on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 11:56 am:

Morning All!
A couple of days ago we had some rain and on my drive home I saw a complete double rainbow arching across the sky east of the city. Usually the doubles are very muted and incomplete. This one was brilliant and crossed the entire sky. What a treat it was to see.
Great photos today, as always. My first stop every morning before I start working is to check what's on the pastycam!
Have a great day everyone!

By jonasgirl in NM on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 12:50 pm:

Rainbows are my favorite thing about living in NM, since there's so much sun, and the rain is usually isolated, and we see double ones a lot. To see them is such a treat! Wish I could have seen this beauty UP north! Can't wait to get home and see the northern lights again! I miss them!
have a great day everybody!

By Chris, IL on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 12:52 pm:

3 words -


By troll in Eagle Harbor on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 12:56 pm:

Paul the Webberville Troll....Yes I got back up here Monday afternoon.I went trick or treating with my kids and grandkids,snuck in time for a pheasant hunt(got one!) and visited with Family.Life is good!

By Dr. Nat in Nevada on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 01:03 pm:

Jonasgirl in NM:
Where are you from in New Mexico? I'm from Socorro.

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 01:15 pm:

My Uncle George Tiensivu lived in New Mexico, until he died recently. I've lost touch, but unless she has died, as well, my Aunt Betty would still be living there. There is also a cousin in New Mexico.

Now WHY are there more double rainbows there?

By Suzanne,Oregon on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 02:12 pm:

Beautiful pictures today.My cousin and her husband have a real nice place on Lac La Belle.We didn't get to visit there this past summer,so it is nice seeing a rainbow over such a beautiful place.

By J.P. on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 02:22 pm:

Socorro? Yes I remember it well. Lots of chili peppers and shaped charges.

By Rose on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 02:30 pm:

Beautiful...but now doesn't someone owe someone else a pot of gold? Or two? LOL

By jonasgirl in NM on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 02:31 pm:

Dr. Nat...I'm an hour south of Socorro in Truth or Consequences, the town named after a game show! (formerly Hot Springs) and home of great rainbows and north of the best chile peppers anywhere (Hatch,NM)! Email me! jg

By Lori... Commerce Twp on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 02:46 pm:

Awesome rainbow pictures! I knew there would be a rainbow when the rains came and the sun was shining! I took this picture right before the rain, the same day as the rainbows appeared... I was in Hancock on the corner of Ingot and North Streets near the tracks, looking north. 100_0663.JPG

By lmr in hancock on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 02:48 pm:

We are enjoying the pictures again today. We saw a nice rainbow here in Hancock the same day.

Our favorite spot is Lac La Belle and spent many a summer at my brothers place. All of our children have fond memories of Lac La Belle. Also have a sister, a nephew, and a cousin who have places there.

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 03:14 pm:

Lori, that's a stunning photo!! Love those clouds!

By Tracie Kalliainen on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 03:55 pm:

That's my sister! Great pic Taana!!!

By Dr. Nat in Nevada on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 04:38 pm:

The reason double rainbows seem to be more common in New Mexico (or any similar desert area) is because when it rains in the desert, especially during monsoon season, it is a downpour from a single, isolated cloud while there is very intense desert sunshine all around. In Michigan, usually when it rained there was a grey cloud deck preventing the blocking the sunlight from creating a rainbow or only allowing a little bit of light through, not nearly as intense as the desert sunshine.
It's kind of hard to describe unless you actually see it. There was many a time when I was working in the field in New Mexico when I could see several individual clouds with rain pouring from them while most of the desert was baking in sunshine. It was always neat to watch and often produced beautiful rainbows.
Hopefully that made some sense.
I love rainbows no matter what state I'm in. In the desert they always reminded me of life-giving rain. Along the lake they always seemed like colourful gateways to a land of mystery. I've even seen a couple when I was up in the high Rockies. There the rainbow seemed to be the place where earth ended and heaven began.

By Mike, Fl on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 04:38 pm:

Great pictures. Nice to see a picture posted by a
"reader" again. Always nice to see the contributions of
UP photogs and people from other areas too.

By Chuck,LB on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 05:04 pm:

Great Pic, 10 more days until we're at the Lac la belle store.

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 05:48 pm:

WOW! Great pictures. Love the double rainbow. Would like to see some sun and blue sky. Has been pretty cloudy down here. Did see a little sun today.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 06:49 pm:

Wonderful! You get rainbows and I get snow. Something just isn't right.

By Anita from the U.P. on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 07:17 pm:

I saw these rainbows and they were spectacular! How nice to see a picture of them :) Thanks!

By downstate don on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 09:38 pm:

Many of you had the opportunity to see the rain-
bow pictures this morning. I am just looking at
them now. They are great. Thanks for sharing them
with us Taana.

By buckeye gal on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 11:16 pm:

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW...EAGLES FLY...Well, maybe that's not how the songwriter told it , but, he obviously hasn't been watching the U.P. skies! We saw four of the magnificent creatures while vacationing in the eastern U.P. early in October. AWESOME!!! No wonder they symbolize this nation's freedom!

By Bthecute1, Sam Jose on Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 12:24 am:

I like the picture of the double rainbow. Absolutely beautiful.

By Bill in ILL on Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 10:00 am:

Rainbows are not common here, (Illinois) Seems to me they are more common in hilly areas.

These pictures do raise a question for me. One of the rainbows seems to meet the horizon at about 45 deg, the other at about 60. What causes the difference? 60 seems to be more common.

I saw one amazing rainbow over the Lake a couple of years ago. Very low, met the horizon at about 30 deg. That was about 4:00 or 5:00 on an afternoon in mid to late June. With the expert opinions expressed so far today, I'm hoping there might be an explanation for me.

By sandstone princess on Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 05:20 pm:

How awsome are these photos! Just absolutly beyond words. And to remember why we have them in the first place.
Windy and clear here in the mid-midwest.

By Karen Kraft Buck, VA on Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 06:56 pm:

We saw those beautiful rainbows in the Western sky on the way back to Calumet after the burial service at the Calvary Cemetary in Ahmeek for my mother. What an awesome sign! Thank you so much for the pictures that I can share with my daughters who could not be there.

By pj,mi on Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 08:54 pm:

Did anyone out there get any pictures of the storm clouds with the deep pink reflecting in them this afternoon? I was on the road between Hancock and Calumet heading North when I saw them, between 5 and 5:30. Lasted quite a while.

By Sherry, Gulfport MS on Monday, November 8, 2004 - 01:36 am:

Great picture Dad, wish I could have been in Bootjack myself to see it!!

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