May 18-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: May: May 18-05
Foggy daybreak    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joyce Tormala
Watery web    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joyce Tormala

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 05:12 am:

If you look up the definition of fog, here's what you'll find: 'A cloud that is in contact with the ground, occurring when moisture from the surface of the Earth evaporates; while this evaporated moisture moves upward, it cools and condenses, resulting in fog.' These two shots from Joyce Tormala embody both the fog and the moisture needed to create it. With this ground cloud, you automatically think grayness, but here in Joyce's garden we get a brightening burst of color from the flowers in the foreground. Then we get down, much closer to the earth for a peek at the reflective quality from those water droplets we've received here UP North. Hanging onto this finely spun web sure gives them the illusion of being suspended in the air. Some of the quiet beauty rain creates!

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 05:24 am:

Sure it's beautiful, Mary, and we needed the water last week, after a month of dry days. But the prolonged rainfall gave us some unique problems here in the Keweenaw on Pasty.NET's wireless broadband system. We are just now completing the first full year of having the high-speed Internet service in place, with broadband all the way up to Copper Harbor. This is providing a faster connection for communities across the Peninsula, but not without some tough challenges.

At first we were concerned about the system making it through the rugged winter, which turned out to be relatively easy. However, all the rain this spring has revealed some weaknesses in the waterproofing, which has really kept us busy the past few days. Transmission lines and antennas have soaked up the moisture - which is deadly to microwave broadcasting. We are refitting and replacing where necessary.

Our apologies to all the Pasty.NET members in Copper Hopper, Agate Harbor, Eagle Harbor, Cat Harbor, Eagle River, Lac La Belle, Bete Gris, Gay, Mohawk, etc. who have had to temporarily use dial-up while we've been making the high-speed system more water-tight. It appears to be working better this morning, just a little more tweaking needed. Thanks for your patience!

Mt. Horace Greeley
Looking toward Brockway from the top of the highest building on Mt. Horace Greeley

By Mary, NWOh on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 06:07 am:

Gorgeous photos as usual. I've always wanted to carry my camera with me all the time so I could catch this kind of unexpected shot, but I'd never get to work on time so its better to leave it at home. So, thanks to all those who take the time to see the beauty and share it. Have a great day, everyone.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 06:40 am:

What gorgeous colors. Super photos folks. The picture of Brockaway is even great.

By Beverly, San Jose on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 06:48 am:

As usual Joyce, your pictures are breathtaking. If we only took the time to stop and look at the beauty around us because it keeps changing on a continuous basis. I can almost see the fog lifting to a bright and sunny morning.

By Roudy Mi on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 07:29 am:

I seem to remember echos working best in the fog. How about the rest of you?

By maijaMI on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 07:39 am:

Thanks, Joyce!

If you look hard, there's lots to imagine in those drops. The covered road in winter, palm trees in a hurricane, the turtle's eye (without the brown), the turtle with ice on her tail, a cruise ship with whale's tail, camera lens, face from a horror movie, a brown "lady bug", her baby, (past the cruise ship) maybe daddy on the far left center?

By Janet NW Ohio on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 07:47 am:

Beautiful pictures!!!

By Debbie - Painesdale on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 08:07 am:

I knew as soon as I saw the first picture, the photographer was Joyce Tormala. Joyce has an incredible eye for photography. I also like her witty captions for the photos in her gallery.
Looks like her flower gardens are coming along nicely. Wonder how the rock garden is doing? Are the faces still smiling?

By Lily, MI on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 08:08 am:

Bottom, center drop: big nose with a milk moustache!

By flyinDAmooney on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 08:42 am:

What building is on the top of Mt. Horace Greeley?

By sur5er on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 09:28 am:

Joyce, as always beautiful pics. The first pic makes you feel as if you are right there.

By Ms. Katie on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 09:50 am:

Sorry, Charlie< for all your technical difficulties. Lord knows how much I've had in my little computer world. But I have to say, these photos are the defintion of Spring. Thanks Joyce.

By Mary on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 09:50 am:

lacy one bottom right: prehistoric flying insect with head under a leaf.

By Liz, Idaho on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 09:51 am:

Oh, My! Top picture jumped right onto my screen saver before I even read the notes. Thank you!

By Joel, Cal. on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:45 am:

Nice photo... It's a very gloomy morning in San Francisco. Your photo, Joyce, hit the spot this morning. Thanks !! Now, all I need is a warm pasty and a cold beer, the breakfast of champions..

By Katze in IA on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:47 am:

My brother was stationed on Mt Horace Greeley in the 1960s when he was in the Air Force. Are any of those buildings still there?

By Cindy--Calumet on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 11:52 am:

Oh the beauty in flowers. Don't you just love nature!

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 12:03 pm:

That top picture is just beautiful and just might be my new wallpaper for a while!

By pungvait up on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 12:29 pm:

ROUDY- echoes work better in the fog - i don't work as well

By N. Ony Mous on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 01:37 pm:

I WORKED in that tallest building on Mt. Horace Greeley when Calumet AFS was open. That is where the Search long range radar was....

The times we had and the stories we could tell...but those are memories, and like the past, they are gone forever....

By daydreamer on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 01:51 pm:

N.Ony.Mous: memories are never gone!

By EAH, MI on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 05:09 pm:

Really neat Pics! For me the top one is a WOW!

By downstate don on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 06:06 pm:

Postcard-perfect pictures Joyce. Lots of great
color in the flowers. Thanks for sharing them with

By Peg in Green Bay on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 06:48 pm:

Joyce, I put "Foggy Daybreak" on our desktop and my husband came down and said, "WOW!" And I think this should be a WOW!

By gmw on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 07:06 pm:

What a great picture of your garden, Joyce. Very peaceful & quiet!

By Helen in Hubbell on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 08:35 pm:

Hey Joyce....
This is Helen......I met you last week at Julies when you came to get kitty. As soon as I saw this picture I knew you took it.....the feid and flowers are so beautiful and I love web pictures with the early morning dew......I am saving for my camera so you can teach me how to take beautiful pictures like you do.
Thanks for sharing your pictures....

By Joyce Tormala on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 11:11 pm:

Thank you! What a miserable,cold,bleak week it was! The rain kept the wildflowers AND us in a drowsy state. I was happy to go to work,to stay alert and physically active.
I'd step outside,roll my eyes and run back in to check the calendar. Yep,it's May. Ugh! Grumble,groan,whine and moan. As punishment for my complaining,the power went out twice and the wind blew the furnace pilot light out. We could be like the Clampetts and move to Beverly Hills,I thought,but I'm glad we weathered the weather,whether we liked it or not. This,too,did pass. These dreary spells are humbling and we learn to appreciate the beauty around us. If we can,we may as well get out there and enjoy it!

By Jack Hart, Jenison, Mi on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 12:23 am:

All I can say is...."Holy Wah!" (Yoopers say dat a lot yous know...but for good reason eh?)

By Al, So.Cal. on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 02:16 pm:

Looks a lot like Or. coastal areas in the early AM. Time to go back enjoy

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