Dec 16-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: December: Dec 16-04
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Photo by David Antikainen

Charlie at Pasty Central on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 07:22 am:

By popular demand, we spotlight a shot from Dave of Laurium, which he gave us a small glimpse of yesterday. This time it's also available in the various WOW format's (1600 1024 800 640) to decorate your desktop for the holidays.

Seven years ago when we started this daily feature, it was just my son Jonathan and I taking turns at the pictures and doing the regular duties of publishing the Pasty Cam. (This is Jonathan looking down US-41, just one ridge over from Dave's vantage point... a Cam shot on April 21, 1998):

High view
Over the years we have been joined by many friends taking many fantastic pictures, and a wonderful staff who attends to the daily details (Mary has the day off for some Christmas shopping). One particular friend who we miss this year is Dan Urbanski. As you may know, our 2005 Pasty Cam color calendar is a collection of Dan's photographs over the years, favorites selected by regular visitors to this site. Proceeds of the calendar benefits the work of Still Waters, the Home for the Aged in Calumet, Michigan, where this website (and pasty kitchen) were born. If you have not yet ordered a 2005 Pasty Cam calendar for yourself - or would like to order some for friends - email me and I'll send a link to do so.

Thanks, Dave, and thanks to all who help make this spot on the Internet dial such a pleasant place to return with each new day.
By smf in troll land on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 07:31 am:

Wow! Love this sight - thanks for all the great pictures!

By anita, lp on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 07:43 am:

Ditto!! Love the pics. I don't know if they make me more homesick or having the feeling of being close to home.

By TimM, Detroit on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 07:47 am:

Great picture! The scenery is fantastic and the lighting is superb. I love it!

By maijaMI on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 08:38 am:

If anyone hasn't ordered the calendar, you should! It is beautiful.

By Daryl on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 08:49 am:

You may also order the Dan Urbanski Memorial calendar and lots of other great gift ideas from our Pasty Softwear gifts. Here is the link. Pasty Softwear

By Nancy, VA on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 08:50 am:

It's beautiful. Have ya'll considered making a calendar. I could look at this picture for a month. Cold here in Va and maybe... maybe.... snow on Sunday or Monday.
We're dreamining of a White Christmas....

By Anne on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 09:33 am:

Amazing photo. I have never seen the Keweenaw from this angle. Thanks for taking the time and the climb.

By Pam Traver, Fruitport LP on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 09:55 am:

Infinite Gratitude Again!!!!!!! This one is Awesome... Thanks Dave!!! It is so appreciated!!!!
when we are soooooooo far away... Blessed - Joyous Solstice, Christmas and Holiday Season to you ALL..... Peace

By Pete Wi on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 10:48 am:

Can you still get up to the old Cliff Mine area. I know there are or were some boulders at the entrance but can one still walk up?

By Lynn, Southern Idaho on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 10:56 am:

This is the first website I hit every morning. I haven't been in the UP since '86 but I still miss it and have nothing but fond memories of my time spent up 'der exploring the country.

I forward this website to everyone that has ever lived in da UP.

It's a wonderful service that you all provide. Thanks and have a very merry Christmass!

By Georgie, MO on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 11:42 am:

Thanks for the gorgeous picture!! It looks like an oil painting. We get snow here in Missouri, but it sure doesn't look like this. WOW!!

By victor - Houston on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 11:43 am:

beautiful. what a great winter scene.

By Allan, Lansing, MI on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 11:47 am:

Wow, excellent picture of the cliffs of the Greenstone Flow. Most likely the largest single lava flow in the world. I can't even begin to add up all the time I spend poking around the old mine dumps and climbing the cliffs. It's been way too long since I've been up there, and I need to go back.......SOON!

By j Atlanta on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 11:58 am:

Alen in Lansing, Where can I find out about the Greenstrone Flow?

By Allan, Lansing, MI on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 12:05 pm:

j Atlanta, Try this link for a good starting point.

By Anne on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 12:17 pm:

I enjoyed this page with it's story of molten lava exploding

We learn a lot on this site.

By RCW on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 01:15 pm:

Anne & Allan, Thanks for those links, really interesting information an lots of historic photo's

By jh on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 02:53 pm:

Just a beautiful photo. Ansel Adams would be pround of this one.

By Alanna, MTU on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 03:05 pm:

This is an amazing picture! Thanks for sharing! For some reason, though, it makes me think of the movie Return of the King...i don't know why...

Yay for Christmas break! Happy Holidays!!

By Jason, Tennessee on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 04:06 pm:

Another awesome pic. It looks so lonely and haunting...I guess that is just a quality of home I'll never get over. Nothing to look at today in Knoxville but express way, other drivers, and gray skies. Snow with accumulation on sunday.

By duz on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 04:28 pm:

There are two boats in Bete Gris Bay, does Mr. Bill have any pictures yet?

By RichL in Southern CA on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 04:57 pm:

Does anyone know what the building is in the lower left of this photo? I think it is, or was, a tavern that I was in as recently as 1994.

By BCT,mi on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 05:03 pm:

I think it's the house that's along that stretch. The Vansville bar and the Cliff View are the two driveways further up the road.

By ts on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 06:01 pm:

Isnt Elno N.just a great guy for erecting the tower up on top the cliff(actually twice) it blew down once in high winds----being in his late 70s and hauling all the material up there himself------Way to go elmo

By C.P. Commerce Twp., MI on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 06:10 pm:

Wish I was there right now!

By Capt. Paul in Nevada on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 06:17 pm:

To all those interested in the geology around the area:

If you have ever seen the pictures from Iceland when the huge fissure eruptions were happening in the 70's, this is what the Keweenaw is thought to have looked like. The lava shot up like huge fountains as much as 200 feet in the air! The Greenstone Flow is the largest known single lava flow in the world, being in places over 400 metres thick and covering over 5000 sq. km. The page is a good starting point though things could be explained a little better at times.

I guess at those years in college taught me something..... ;-)

By Mr. Bill on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 06:19 pm:

dear duz,

See What's UP.

By Barb, Michigan on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 06:43 pm:

Please send me the info to get my copy of the calendar. I know that I am going to love it.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

By J. Atlanta on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 07:17 pm:

Allen, Anne and Capt. Paul
Thank you so much for the information and information sources. I may get an education yet!

By Mr. Bill on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 09:00 pm:

Dave of Larium,

Great follow up to your summer picture. How long did it take you to hike up with the snow, and just how old are you?

By Have climbed the tower on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 10:51 pm:

Mr Bill, Age is irrelevant, Elmo Climbs it all the time and no one can keep up with him on a dance floor, He is one in a million.

By Mary Ann, WY on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 12:39 am:

What a great photo!

By Lori... Commerce Twp on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 02:46 pm:

I could stare at this photo all day... I swear it changes each time I look at it.
Fantastic photography!

By S. Gherna on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 07:36 pm:

Elmo's tower holds special memories, I got married on Elmo's tower just a little over 5 years ago. It over looks my home, the Phoenix Store, owned by Arbutus Peterson, my mom. Elmo's tower was the perfect spot!

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