Dec 02-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: December: Dec 02-05
Snowy sailing    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Dan Brown
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Photo by Dan Brown

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 07:00 am:

Capturing just the right picture can be tricky, with shutter speeds, exposure and innumerable other settings to worry about, but there's also a bit of luck involved at times too. Such was the case when Dan Brown snapped this Lake Superior shot. At first glance you think, "What a neat shot with the snowy rocks in the foreground and the Lee A. Tregurtha in the distance". Then you take a closer look under the rocks and you spy a surprise Dan was able to get in the frame when he stopped to photograph the freighter. Talk about being in the right place, at the right time. Is this a weasel or an ermine? I've been trying to get in touch with Toivo to find out, since I figured he'd know, but he won't be back from the hunting camp until tomorrow.

By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge (Leslie) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 07:26 am:

Wow, and I thought it was just a nice photo of a big snowy rock with a lake freighter in the background! Awesome!

By Becca (Bec) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 07:41 am:

Ermine, short-tailed weasel, same thing. Great photo.

By Bob Turnbull (Termoil) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 08:29 am:

Wow. Man I miss the U.P.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 08:30 am:

And I noticed the animal, but not the ship!

By Dave R. (Shutterbug) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 08:30 am:

I agree, it is an ermine (and also my favorite laker in the background!)Thanks Dan for a great shot!

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY (Username) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 08:39 am:

What a great shot. One in a million! How late into the season will these freighters sail?

By Lori Houle-Vial (Runnerlori) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 08:42 am:

Wow... How awesome, that is a once in a lifetime shot! A freighter and a critter, in frame at the same time... too cool! Or should I say TOO FRIGID! heeheehee

By Bob Gilreath (Bobg) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 08:54 am:

What a fantastic photo!

My brother-in-law was on the Lee A for a few years

great shot of the boat plus a bonus....

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 09:38 am:

Ah, Home. Sometimes you don't know how much you miss it until someone reminds you of it.

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 09:53 am:

Wow, what beautiful pics, that definately make you homesick. I didn't know that freighters were out this late in the year.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 10:06 am:

Here is the lock info requested above.

Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canal (United States)
The official closing date for the Sault Ste. Marie Locks (U.S.A.) is 2400 hours January 15, 2006.

By Betsy Ely (Bitsybetsy) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 10:40 am:

The misty ship in the background is cool too!

By cheryl rozman (Cotton) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 11:07 am:

My husband says that in the winter they are called an ermine & in the summer they're called weasels. In the summer their color is brown & in the winter they turn white with a black tip on their tail. In the other picture the Lee Tregurtha looks so safe & peaceful but I wish those boats would tie up for the season already. It's no time of year to be out there.

By jim lu maye (Jimlu) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 11:43 am:

Good morning, Great Pics as usual. The shipping season will close on 1/15 when the Soo Locks close & reopen again on 3/25 when the locks reopen.

By Shelley Trowbridge (Shelleyt36) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 12:09 pm:

What are the chances of getting two neat images in one shot?! It is truly an awesome picture! Little bit of snow here in the middle l.p. Not enough the do much but make everything messy! Happy Friday to everyone!

By robert (Robze) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 01:51 pm:

Does anyone know if and how you can ride one of those freighters from port to port in the Great Lakes as a passenger only, not as a crewmember.
Any info would be really appreciated.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 02:53 pm:

Only if you enter and win a raffle..check them out at

By robert (Robze) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 04:43 pm:

Thanks Eddyfitz for the info.

By Shelly Harwood (Shelly) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 04:52 pm:

I love this picture. Don't ya wonder what the little guy must have been thinking as he watched the man with the camera.

By Barbara Nelson (Barb) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 05:38 pm:


Try this link for the freighter cruise...

By NKR (Nkr) on Friday, December 2, 2005 - 06:24 pm:

Hello from a cold Mishawaka IN. Great picture today. That poor little critter looks cold. At least I'm in a warm house. He looks so little out there in the snow. Stay warm everyone.

By David (Jijaybajay) on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 03:33 am:

Go here if you need some information about world cruises -

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