Mar 03-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: March: Mar 03-05
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Photo by Tina Hyrkas

Mary Drew dipping her toes in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 06:41 am:

Traveling around the perimeter of Lake Superior you'll discover that much of its shoreline is rocky and sometimes quite steep. Combine that with below freezing temperatures and a good breeze to create some wave action, all those rocks become nearly impossible to climb down. But we here at Pasty Central are blessed with a number of brave photographers who risk life and limb to get that perfect shot. Tina Hyrkas is one of those fearless shutterbugs, traversing the slippery stones to snap the Big Lake doing what she does best…splashing, freezing, wetting everything in sight! Even with the fury this unpredictable Great Lake can whip herself into, she still always emits a beauty that keeps one in awe.

Traveling along the coast of Florida, gazing out at the ocean, reminds me so much of Lake Superior, minus the snow and freezing water of course! Thank goodness I have the steady reliability of and the Nationwide Dial-In to keep me connected to that Big Lake that looks like the ocean, but is right there waiting at home!

By smf in troll land on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 06:44 am:

Beautiful picture!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 06:55 am:

Great shot, love it!

By sur5er on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 07:22 am:

Magnificant picture! Lake Superior in her glory.

Mary, Hope you are enjoying your vacation :)

By R. Ollila Westland MI on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 07:40 am:

You're a brave soul Tina. Thanks for a spectacular angle shot of the Big Lake.

By FLYIN on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 07:48 am:

Now that looks COLD..........ready for Spring...

By Brent, in a good mood today, UPstate, NY on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 07:58 am:

No, no, no, no spring yet. I just ordered my snow rake. I want my moneys worth before the thaw. Then we can let spring in the door. Have a great day all.

By Barb on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 08:07 am:

What a beautiful picture!! We are coming up in a couple of weeks and I can't wait. As ready as I am for Spring...I have no desire to go anywhere warm. I just need to see my Yoop. When do you think the falls will start to break up?

By Dick B. TrollLand for a while on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 08:07 am:

Just imagine coming to shore from a sinking ship in a lifeboat and facing the icy, wave-pounded spray-soaked shoreline. Knowing you must cross that barrier to reach snow covered safety is a daunting thought on the mind of any sailor on a late-season ship. I know it bothered me at times.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 08:17 am:

I've read some true accounts of just that, Dick, both in recent and long past history. I can't imagine those who came ashore under such conditions and then had to travel distances in freezing conditions over snow and ice to safety.

By Joe P., Lake Medora on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 08:31 am:

On that note, I can not imagine that poor fellow a few years back that went overboard (in the fall I think) and swam all the way in to Eagle harbor and begin knocking on doors for help!! What a shock that would be answering your door bell!

By Sarah, Central WI on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 08:44 am:

That is just gorgeous!

By PS, keweenaw on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 09:08 am:

The picture is beautiful, but I'd really like to see some pictures that will warm us up!!! Ten below today. How about some pictures of sunny Florida, Mary? Think spring!!!

As coincidence would have it, PS-in the Keweenaw, I just finished uploading a picture to the
What'sUP section. It's of US-41 from here in Florida!

By Tim, Beantown on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 09:58 am:

That reminds me of a shipwreck in the 19th century here near Boston. The ship sank in the outer harbor and the survivors ended up on one of the outer harbor islands, practically within view of Boston. But without supplies and with sub-zero temperatures, they all succombed before anyone found them.

By Gus LL on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 10:56 am:

There is the story of the semi driver who was supposed to bring his load to Florida on US 41, only to run out of highway at Copper Harbor.

By UC, Little Betsy/Commerce on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 11:05 am:

Great Pic today, love lookin at the big lake, wish I was driving around the north shore right now, with a little Waylon on CD, pretty soon!

By Kathy from Whitmore Lake/Cheboygan on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 11:44 am:

I watchd a show on Lansing's PBS station the other night about the life-saving service and lighthouses along Superior's shore from Whitfish Point to Grand Marais. It told about one rescue in conditons so cold and icy that the rope on the breeches buoy froze, so they had to row out to the wreck in huge where the rescuers kept being swept overboard. When they finally got all surviors ashore, the surfmen had to be chopped out of the boat, as they were frozen in place.

By Brita on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 12:19 pm:

Great shot, Tina! it's a WOW.

By Joel, California on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 12:49 pm:

Great photo, thanks loads. When attending NMU, I remember a Nov. afternoon when we were in the park, standing up on the road and watching waves
crashing into the banks, barreling over the cliffs we were diving off in Sept. Those waves were gigantic, the wind howling, temps in the teens. Mariners who brave those conditions have the cold water of Lake Superior running in their blood. I have the greatest respect for those brave individuals. "If she would have put 15 more miles behind her, she would have made Whitefish bay".....

By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 01:45 pm:

That picture truly shows the fury of the big lake. What a terrific photo!

By LZ, MI on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 02:48 pm:

The fury of the Great Lake is something to behold. I was a toot on Tech's campus the day the Fitzgerald went down. We were laughing about my slender roommate who was accompanied across campus by two of ROTC's finest, because she was in serious danger of being blown away. We didn't laugh later when we heard of the Fitzgerald.

By Judy Chesaning MI on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 06:24 pm:

The PBS show also told the fate of the ship Myron that sunk in Superior. The crew is buried at Mission Hill cemetary near Brimley. The men were frozen and must have died terrible deaths. It is overwhelming to visit their mass grave.

By Sherri, Donken on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 09:14 pm:

I hold great respect for Lake Superior, and I am ready for spring.

By maijaMI on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 09:55 pm:

exceptionally beautiful picture today. Thanks Tina

By Susan, Fl on Friday, March 4, 2005 - 12:56 am:

A story ref cold on a lighter note...MANY years ago I spent about a year working in an extended care facility where one of our patients (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty!) used to spend a prodigious amount of time trying to "escape". After a time, he figured out the alarm system couldn't be beat, so he'd wait to follow some unattentive person out the front door. We got a call around dinner time one night in December (lots of snow on the ground) from someone around 3 blocks away saying they thought they had one of our patients at their home. Sure enough, it was him. Out there in his flapping hospital gown and slippers. He had come to their door, rung the bell and said "Can I come in? My a** is freezing!" I'll just bet it was! It was quite some time before he tried escaping again...and as I remember, the weather was somewhat warmer!

By sur5er on Friday, March 4, 2005 - 02:04 am:


ROFL about your story...what a hoot. :) Bet it was a really really warm day before he tried to escape sometime around August, eh.

By j A P E i on Friday, March 4, 2005 - 02:23 am:

Good morning from Finland!

There is night and here morningday.. .sun on the increase, mind high UP and weekend in the beginning!

We know something art gallery there near who prologue modern art??. ..

I am pictureartist and write also poerty and all kinds of!

I will come and I like exhibition and rationality
opening ceremonies!

By B in GB on Friday, March 4, 2005 - 04:55 pm:

Does anyone have a picture of the southern end to US 41..I guess the official end down there has changed by several miles and several times over the years?

By steve, Racine on Friday, March 4, 2005 - 11:45 pm:

I'm with Sherri, the lake hold many things. Can't wait till spring.

By Nancy, in the Mitten on Sunday, March 6, 2005 - 08:38 am:

I love the picture! That is just stunning. I do miss looking out at a huge lake on a daily basis. (but I don't miss the very frigid winds.)

By Tina Hyrkas photographer on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 02:05 pm:

I was out of town for a while (florida), so I didn't realize this picture was chosen. Again, another great surprise. It's always interesting to see these photos as conversation pieces. Thanks for viewing and visit my site:) Tina

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