Jan 05-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: January: Jan 05-11
Winter at the Harbor    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli
Hauling freight    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli
Icy road    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli
Winter wonder-drive    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 07:52 am:

Thanks to Aladino Mandoli, even if you can't make a winter trip to the Keweenaw, you can experience it through his eyes. Dino captured a number of everyday scenes you see when visiting during the warmer months, but now look a bit chillier, darker, slipperier and whiter.

We begin with the Copper Harbor Lighthouse, which actually doesn't look all that different, except for the noticeable icy, white border surrounding the rock edge. The green light glowing actually adds a touch of warmth to the wintry scene.

On Dino's drive back from the Harbor, he was accompanied by a band of clouds and if you look closely, a lit up freighter out on the waters of Lake Superior. Quite a dramatic shot with the dark to light of the ever-changing sky. Glad to see the Big Lake was calm for the sailors celebrating their New Year's on the go.

Just to show the conditions along the way, a stop between Eagle Harbor and Eagle River was made. Icy roads greeted Keweenaw travelers for the New Year and quickly began getting dusted with snow. The dusting didn't last long, as the snow guns kicked in and covered the roads with blankets of white, like this scene on Bumbletown Road, behind Centennial.

The Keweenaw definitely takes on a different look in January, doesn't it?

By allen philley (Allen) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 08:04 am:

Nice selection of pictures today.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 08:10 am:

The Copper Harbor Lighthouse, one of my favorites!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 08:24 am:

Nice pictures!! Love the freighter picture. And you can never go wrong with a lighthouse picture.

Thanks, guys!

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 08:32 am:

Thanks for giving me a "winter fix'. Mich prettier than dead grass & mud, in my opinion.

By Dale Beitz (Dbeitz) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 08:53 am:

In that third photo of the icy road, in my mind I can see the car gently sliding around the curves on the slippery surface. While we don't get the depth of snow that you do UP north, we do get our share of icy roads down here in the Lansing area.

By Norma in Midland (Normainmidland) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 09:00 am:

Awesome pictures!! Makes me really homesick! I haven't been UP north in the winter in a very very long time. Might have to think about a trip soon!

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 10:04 am:

Oh my that freighter looks so cold and lonesome. A dozen thanks to Dino for all his wonderful photos thru the year.These are especially impressive because we wanna-bes need to see the off season realities of traveling our favorite back roads. John Dee always has some great pics too.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 10:34 am:

Speaking of icy roads...once when we lived in Charlevoix (1979) we were returning from Christmas in Cincinnati and ran into an ICE storm around Ann Arbor and it continued to about Grayling. Talk about scary travel! But we were driving a big ol' '74 Buick which was very heavy and gave us the traction we needed. However, the scenery was beautiful....ice on everything! At present, we in the Ohio Valley are snow (and ice) free! Yayyyy!

By Cindy, New Baltimore, MI (Cindy) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 10:52 am:

Great wintry pictures! It brings back memories of my trip there last February. Deb, you are right. You can never go wrong with a lighthouse pic.

By Tom (Tom) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 11:08 am:

The picture of the ship in the distance has some very nice contrasts going from the blue sky, the white leading edge of the clouds and the darker blues at the lake level. Might be a marketable picture.

By doug 6540 (Cwo) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 01:03 pm:

Darn...Slept so well with the window open last night I missed my tee time this morning. Oh well, might as well hit the beach this afternoon inasmuch as the temp will be around 80 and sunny.
Happy & Prosperous New Year to all...
Ft Pierce, Fla

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 01:17 pm:

Tom, problems too, huh?:) Doug 6540, since I don't like snow/cold anymore, especially after hitting 75 (age), your state sounds more and more inviting. Enjoy your day at the beach. sigh :-]

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 04:10 pm:

Good photography.

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 04:24 pm:

We all can't be double posting, I think it's taking too long and we're clicking twice or more.

By doug 6540 (Cwo) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 05:16 pm:

Shirley; I'm a born and bred Yooper from Houghton, but after 27 yrs in the Army and traveling the world, I find warm is much better on the old bones than cold. (77yrs of age) I do get UP home during the summer months to spend time with my friends and relatives. Can't beat the U.P..... a special place with special people !!!

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 08:03 pm:

Doug ~

Thank you for your service to America! We honor and respect you for protecting our freedom!

By ILMHitCC (Ilmhitcc) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 08:28 pm:

Are you sure this is a Keweenaw winter? These shots
are great - I especially love anything at or near
Copper Harbor! But, really, January with the harbor
wide open, no ice?! Bare grass and pavement!?!
Looks more like early November than early January.
Holy smokes! Anyone for a round of golf?

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 11:06 pm:

Doug6540...you know you should be whipped by a wet noodle! 73 in a couple days and I have to admit a nice warm beach this time of the year is enticing at this age. I enjoy all the folks' pictures from the indoors. :)

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 02:19 am:

Mskatie! Well best wishes for your day coming. I turned 73 today (Wednesday the 5th!) Just returned from the "other" up north where also is usually all the snow from Lake Michigan lake effect amounts! Will be posting many photos very similiar to Aladinos' great scenes but from the NWLP on Facebook & a few on www.mibirdingnetwork.com

By Rowdy (Roudymi) on Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 08:01 am:

I'd settle for a heated sauna.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 09:38 am:

Russell, Happy (belated) Birthday! And, Mskatie, hope you have an upcoming Blessed Day!:) Yes, Doug, thank you for your service! And, I agree completely with your last sentence...fine place and fine folks!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 02:02 pm:

Kay, if you think that the freighter looks cold and lonesome, you should see the one on the January picture of the pasty cam calendar. That one REALLY looks cold and lonesome!!

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