Dec 13-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: December: Dec 13-04
Danger - Sharp water    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Robert C. Wetton
Shards of ice    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Robert C. Wetton

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 07:03 am:

These shots from Robert Wetton show one of the many faces that lakes in the Keweenaw take on when the weather turns cold, then warm, then cold again. Ice forms, then gets weaker with the rising temps, only to break up and bunch together when the wind blows. An artist couldn't have arranged those formations any better than Mother Nature did herself, making them look like beautiful, shining crystals with the sun glinting off them - just to get covered with a new blanket of snow. The forces of nature, never cease to amaze me! We're lucky to have so many Pasty Cammists over in our Guest Gallery, who spot simple things that become art, through their eyes. Thanks to all who share!

By Wendy, IL on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 07:07 am:

Good Morning! 13 days & counting 'till I'm back in the U.P. !!

By smf in troll land on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 07:10 am:

Pretty, but so cold and sharp!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 07:16 am:

Another beauty! Looks a little snowy at the bridge.

By RJW - WaMe on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 07:22 am:

These are great pictures, Bob.

With all the schools closing or late starts this morning. What does the lakes look like in the wind and snow today? Probably to stormy to go and find out.

By Missin the UP from NJ on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 07:43 am:

It's wonderful how many of the people who share pictures with Pastycam do create "works of art". I think there are many who could easily hang their work in a gallery in NYC! Beautiful pics, especially the 2nd one. Thanks!

By Bob on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 07:56 am:

Wow would that bottom picture be a mind boggling
puzzle. ;-)

Welcome to winter. Pushed snow with the front
bumper of the truck all the way across the top
from Hubbell to Paradise bar this morning. weeee

By Roudy Mi on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 08:07 am:

I always thought that "style" of ice was neat when the Big lake did that. When the skies cleared the colors in the ice were something to behold,if it wasn't snow covered. The accompanying sound was something to hear also during the building process.

By Patti, TN on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 08:16 am:

Looks like a mix of sapphires & diamonds. Beautiful shots.

By Mary Lou on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 08:22 am:

... Was this taken at the Wetton cottage at Bootjack...??....first thing we checked.... at our place down the road was ...the dock. Ice can destroy a dock out there. ....the winds from Chassell (west) can be very strong.....the ice goes out to Lake Superior around the first part of May and then winds bring it back intp Portage Lake and it pounds against the docks. We spent lots of time repairing and rebuilding docks in the 40yrs we had our place.

By JWilson, Ohio on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 09:16 am:

Fasinating pictures!!Remind me of Dan U's pictures!! The works of mother nature keeps us on our toes for sure!! Yes, I agree...these would make wonderful very challenging for sure! Here in Ohio we are getting lake-effect snows, not too bad in our area, but east of Lake Erie, they will be getting buried. Same in the U.P. when I lived in Ontonagon: plenty inland!

By Jack in CT on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 09:29 am:

What fantastic pictures!
I've only seen this a few times in my life and I have to agree with Roudy, when the sun hits the ice, it's incredible.
I also agree with Bob that the second picture would be quite a puzzle.

By JoAnne, Washington state on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 09:54 am:

Any more news on the Tea Room fire? Those buildings are SO close together there. Could make for a REALLY big fire! Updates anyone?

Read more about it in today's What'sUP

By susan,hancock on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 10:15 am:

Beautiful pictures - right place at the right time is really important around here.
What fire??what tea room??

By Paul on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 10:26 am:

That picture makes me want to go ice fishing! Can't wait to be back in the U.P. NICE!! Scudder in Iowa, how's it going?

By maijaMI on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 11:22 am:


By Vicki Rae in Mi. on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 11:40 am:

The Finnish glassware by Iittala resembles the various kinds of ice formations along the lakeshore as shown. What a treat to be able to enjoy that artistry while enjoying a refreshing beverage!

By noflyintoday.... on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 11:45 am:

Duck hunting in Chassell in an aluminum boat when these crystals formed and stuck to the boat. We almost didn't make it back. Young and dumb at da Tech. When the winds of November blow, the weather can change in a heartbeat.

By RCW on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 11:53 am:

You got it right Mary Lou.

By Sue, Calumet on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 12:03 pm:

It wasn't sharp in front of my house after 8-14 inches of snow. In fact it was very soft:

Compare that to exactly two weeks ago:

By gh on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 12:12 pm:

Does anyone know where the Spot was in Hancock in the l940's

By Theresa Colorado on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 12:56 pm:

I always feel sooooo sad when something is left empty or burned out. The Tea Room was a neat place years ago. Breaks my heart... I wish there was a way to make the Copper Country like it was years ago.. Maybe someday...

By Mich150, Detroit on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 01:42 pm:

Sue, you need a garage!

By Taana on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 01:57 pm:

Cool picts RCW!! No ice in the "Southern" Entry yet. =)

By RCW on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 02:06 pm:

GH I think the Spot was located on Tezcuco St. right below the old Hancock Hardware.

By Sue, Calumet on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 02:41 pm:

Mich150, I need a tropical island, but I'd settle for a garage.

By Marta on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 03:37 pm:

Very beautiful Pictures Robert. They are very spectular looking with the ice like that in the water. Very nice!

By lonesome yooper in nm on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 03:57 pm:

Wow! I heard there was a "Canadian Clipper" forecasted for this past weekend, youse guys are getting hammered! You'll be having a white xmas! It's 70 degrees here in southern new mexico.
the ice on the water photos are wonderful!
happy holidaze everybody!

By Nate, Michigan on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 04:47 pm:

Did anyone get any pics of Lake Superior this weekend? I heard there were 25 foot tall waves crashing in places. I wish I could've snuck up to see it.

By TH-Lower Michigan on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 04:51 pm:

Beautiful Pictures.....makes me want to come up. Maybe we can make it up to our place after Christmas....if there is not too much snow. :)
Happy Holidays everyone.
From: Fellow Yoopers someday....soon

By Bob, Alabama on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 06:32 pm:

The Spot was originally in an old auto garage (dealership) that was the next building up the hill from The Golden Pheasant (BrassDuck). The old building was demolished so a resturant called the Venice Cafe could be built there. The Spot was moved up to the main street of Hancock, in the first block on the North side, across from Stern's clothing store. Next to Kukkonen's Photography. It was started by an entrepreneur named Francis. Later it was owned by the Chaput family from Atlantic Mine area (I think).

By Joe, Tampa on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 09:17 pm:

Great Pic.....

By downstate don on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 10:42 pm:

Great pictures of the ice formations on the Great
Lake. Even the Winter shows the beauty of the U.P.

By Sherry, Gulfport MS on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 03:37 am:

Wow, what a neat picture! I recognized that tree even before I read who took it and where it was! Hope our dock survives the winter!

By Jason, Tennessee on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 02:32 pm:

Beautiful! Looks a little chilly though. Very cold and snowing here in Knoxville Tennessee!

By rube and katy,loudon, tn on Sunday, December 19, 2004 - 09:33 pm:

yoopers from national mine originally
enjoyed the beautiful pix of lake superior, the lady of many faces
pictures from 2004/jpg bring back memories of our time spent in calumet with MSP, when our car was buried daily.
any guesses why we now live in east tn.?.?.

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