Feb 18-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: February: Feb 18-09
Copper Harbor    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri
In closer    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri
Fishing Shacks    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri
Copper Harbor Lighthouse    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 07:35 am:

There was some talk of Copper Harbor on Monday's Pasty Cam and as if on cue, E. Neil Harri sends me several photos from just that area. First, Neil is flying west, looking right down the harbor towards the marina. You also get a view of the Copper Harbor Lighthouse that you don't often see, unless you take the guided tour or come into the harbor by boat.

The second photo is closer in with a good view of Porter's Island and Hunter's Point on the right side, along with the Brockway Mountain Lookout more to the left. Neil said to take note of the fishing shacks in the second shot. To keep you from having to squint to find them, I enlarged that area and added some arrows pointing to where the shanties are. I wonder how the fishing has been?

Neil's last shot takes us back over the Lighthouse, flying east now. Sure gives a completely different perspective of the ice on Lake Superior, from just looking out at it while standing on the shore.

If these pictures of our U.P. winter leave you hungering for more, you can satisfy your appetite over at Neil's webpage: NeilHarriPhotos.com. You'll find his winter DVD's, Marquette County Winter and Isle Royale Winter Shipwrecks, Lighthouses & Northwoods and his most recent addition, Winter Aerial Tour of the Keweenaw Peninsula, along with four U.P. Fall Tour DVD's. It's the next best thing to being here in the U.P., so make sure you make them a permanent part of your video collection! As long as I'm plugging U.P. gifts, you might as well place an order for some delicious U.P. Pasties, made right here at Pasty Central. Traditional style pasties, breakfast pasties and veggie pasties, all available to be delivered right to your door!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 07:39 am:

Very nice pictures. We didn't get up there last weekend so here's my fix. Thanks, Neil.

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 07:55 am:

I hope the ice is well and truly frozen for those guys in the fishing shanties. The one on the far left of the picture looks way too close to the broken ice.

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 08:14 am:

Wow, the harbor is much less frozen than last year. Did that happen in our big thaw last week, or am I just imagining things?

Hunter's point is a very cool place to go snowshoeing in the winter. The rocks all along the shore get some amazing ice formations over them. I have a photo of one of them from last winter... if I can find it I'll post it...

As always, very nice photos Neil.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 08:30 am:

I really like Copper Harbor. Thanks for the pictures.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 09:17 am:

Copper Harbor is a little village, but big with charm!

By David S. (Yooperdfs) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 09:54 am:

Neil is flying in from the West? Maybe I'm loosing it but it seems like the first photo has him flying towards the West with the islands on the right and the Keweenaw mainland on the left. Any thoughts out there?

Mary says: Thanks for pointing out my slip...I knew it was flying west, because when we're docked at the marina, the sun rises over the lighthouse side of the harbor and we ALL know the sun rises in the east. :-> I embellished my notes with "in from the", not even thinking about how that changes the direction...it's fixed now.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 10:03 am:

Those are fascinating pictures, taken from an angle that I have never seen before! Thank you, Neil. Your pictures are awesome, as usual! Copper Harbor and the northern Keweenaw Peninsula are about my favorite places on Earth!

My two younger sons and husband went ice fishing with their Boy Scout troop on Valentine's Day, on an inland lake in the northern Lower Peninsula. My sons were working on their Fishing Merit Badge. They were thrilled to catch their first fish, ever, on little poles that they had made for the ice fishing event! They had a ball!

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 10:18 am:

Yup, Neil is flying to the west, since he's flying over the lighthouse, away from the land it's on.

Aha! Found the photo I was looking for: blue ice at Hunter's Point.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 10:20 am:

Oh my....those photos do look cold! But our fog, and moisture here this morning, northwestern Illinois, is bone-penetrating to me. But wait...real snow and ice is coming soon.

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 10:23 am:

Thank you again, Neil, for another set of fantastic photos!

How lucky we are to be able to enjoy your work...and the beautiful photos by so many others...on this forum. I don't know of another one like it.

By Sharon I. Smith (Sharons) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 12:02 pm:

I thought I heard Neil flying over my house a week or so ago. Yes, it was during the big thaw. The harbor is frozen over again, but I sure wouldn't want to walk too far toward the big lake! It looks like winter again out there today!

By walter torola (Centtinal) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 12:16 pm:

a lot of us were on the ice last saturday and only 1 fish was caught. some had cameras viewing below the ice and not a single fish was spotted. some had as many as nineteen lines in the water for 3 days. no fish. where did all the fish go?

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 12:52 pm:

Fishing has been slow in the shallow water because all the fish are still out in the lake. It is starting to pick up in Keweenw Bay in the last few days. We fish in 130-210'out there. It has been really slow in Eagle Harbor too.

Mary says: This is Neil's ice fishing transportation out to Keweenaw Bay...from the Archives back on 2/27/07

Fly fishing

Serena Sturm (Serena) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 12:54 pm:

Awesome pics today....... I love the U.P.!!

By Serena Sturm (Serena) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 12:56 pm:

D.Clark... that's BEAUTIFUL!!!

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 02:33 pm:

This just in from Neil...up above here he was talking about the fishing being slow, but beginning to pick up. He just sent me the photo below, saying that he even tried his Yooper Fish Finder, but no luck. :->

Yooper Fish Finder

Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 02:41 pm:

Neil, wouldn't you rather have roast pheasant anyway? Good looking Brittany! Our neighbor raises and does field trials on horseback with Britts.

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 02:49 pm:

Thanks, Serena!

Also, that picture of Neil's plane on the nice clear ice... makes it look like it's sitting on open water! That's a mighty light plane you've got there. :P

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 05:08 pm:

Nice views from the air, and the doggy pic is nice. Regarding the airplane on the ice, it reminds me of the Winter of 1971-72 when my parents had a cottage at Canadian Lakes Club. The lake our cottage was on was totally frozen over, and someone would land a single engine airplane on the ice to visit at one of the nearby cottages.

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