Jun 18-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: June: Jun 18-08
Trickling falls    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Cari Raboin
Running with more force    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Cari Raboin
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Photos by Cari Raboin

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 07:43 am:

Eight miles north of Bruce Crossing you'll find these falls, photographed today by Cari Raboin. She first teases us with a close-up of part of the falls where just a trickle of water flows over the rocks. Then she steps back (or zooms out) a little so you get a bigger view with more water running over. And finally she gives you the whole picture of the O Kun De Kun Falls, which is actually part of the Baltimore River. If you're wondering where to find these "little publicized" falls, here's a map that I found in the Pasty Cam Archives, which might help.

Toivo's map

This is totally unrelated to today's falls pictures, but one of our regular viewers (Lahelo) sent me something interesting that's going to be happening in the skies this evening. I wanted to clue you all in on it, so you can observe it too, weather permitting. It's your chance to see a "Moon Illusion", also known as a "Solstice Moon". You can read more about it on the Science@Nasa webpage.
Smfwlk (Trollperson) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 07:45 am:

Love waterfalls - thanks for the great pics!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 07:46 am:

Cool, and thanks.

By Serena Sturm (Serena) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 07:56 am:

I love waterfalls so serene and beautiful! God works wonders in so many ways!!!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 08:01 am:

Thanks for the super photos and the information regarding them...another must-see waterfall.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 08:02 am:

I love waterfalls! Spectacular pictures. Thank you. Must put this on my places to visit list......yet again!!!!

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 08:04 am:

Wow! As the crow flies, I lived very close to these falls and didn't even know it. I guess there are folks who live here in Lansing who have never been inside the State Capitol.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 08:37 am:

All these pictures are making me think my weekends are going to be very full once we can get out. Who do we complain to about doing something about the weather up here anyway? Get a good day and then too many yucky days.

By Becca (Bec) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 09:39 am:

Gorgeous falls and thanks for the Solstice Moon link! It's my anniversary (34 months!) so I'll share the moon with my mate tonight.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 10:56 am:

Does anyone else think that first picture of the falls looks like a big turtle...sorry to mention turtles Janie. :-\

By paul (Pungvait) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 11:01 am:

yes - pecan to the left, caramel at the bottom

By Doug (Greenhermit) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 11:19 am:

Cindy, too bad East Branch didn't make the map! The "n" in Green did :-)

The locally famous "Ontonagon Boulder", which now resides at the Smithsonian, was removed from the West Branch of the Ontonagon River - near Victoria on this map. Not as well known is that a much larger copper boulder (2.5 vs 1.5 tons) was discovered in the bed of the Baltimore River just below O Kun De Kun Falls on one of the mining locations of the Baltimore Mining Company. This boulder was removed and shipped to New York in 1846.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 11:24 am:

East Branch is actually listed as an official Ghost Town in a number of publications. I believe a place qualifies to be a ghost town if they has a post office in the past.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 11:52 am:

The exact discovery spot of the Ontonagon Boulder is now under water in the Victoria Resevoir. The actual weight of the Boulder was measured at 3,708 lbs and was a little over 3 ft in its longest length. If the boulder near O Kun De Kun weighed around 5,000 lbs, it wouldn't be all that much bigger than the Ontonagon Boulder; only about 2 ft3 larger. It doesn't take a lot of copper to weigh up......

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 12:12 pm:

The first postmaster at East Branch, Michigan was John Niemela on July 12, 1912. (PO Archives)

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 12:39 pm:

anyone for Cascade Falls? up on a forest service road north of Bergland about 10 miles or about 10 miles due west of O-Kun-de-Kun... another nice one.

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 01:15 pm:

if you are a google maps person check out the new "terrain" feature. works great and then try to spot this unnamed, untracked, rarely found waterfall by munising. zoom in on Miner's falls then look north of it about a mile or so on the east side of the valley. you'll spot a beauty of a waterfall that drops a good 80-100 feet off a sheer cliff and provides the best home made shower ever invented (if you dont mind cold spring water). You really have to bushwhack to get to this spot.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 03:28 pm:

Cindy....LOL about them turtles! I have no clue as to why snappers like our yard?!?!? On a funnier note, every time I looked down where this flooding took over 70% of our property, if a log was floating there was always several turtles aboard.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 04:09 pm:

Janie...are you missing any small animals...maybe that's why the snappers like your yard so much...it's a regular buffet...

By Helen in the U. P.! (Lahelo) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 04:18 pm:

There is a road named East Branch , I was just down the road on Saturday. The countryside is just beautiful outside of Mass City. If you ever get a chance to go and explore the area it will be well worth it!
Just off the road from Mass City you can also climb the Mass Bluff. You can see the town from the top of it.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 04:43 pm:

Cindy, I just think they enjoy my scream reaction to them! I drove up next to one with our fairly good size tractor and it started to attack and was hissing at the tire, this one was really bold, so I put the rear blade down and pushed it across the road and told it, "don't come back!"

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 04:50 pm:

Check the Iowa fish and game laws, then check to see if any of the restaurants in the area are in the market for turtle. An old stock tank and someone to grab the turtles is all you'll need. Just make sure you tell the buyers that the turle will be EXTREMELY fresh.
Mr. Deb
Has the water started to recede yet?

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 05:39 pm:

Mr. Deb, I don't think any place here in this "hoytee-toytee" big city would serve up any snapping turtles. The river water is receding fast thankfully! Now the many odors and mud are really making notice!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 05:41 pm:

Forgot to mention....a dream dinner for two, baked snapping turtle and your favorite bottle of Boone's Farm or Cold Duck!

By Becca (Bec) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 07:09 pm:

Turtles can carry salmonella, which can cause intestinal distress that will make your life miserable at best, fatal at worst. It's best to leave them alone.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 07:39 pm:

Janie, that sounds more like Redneck Delight to me ;-)

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 11:56 pm:

The wine may be a little too high class.

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