Mar 25-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: March: Mar 25-05
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Photos by Paul Roberts
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Photos by Paul Roberts

Charlie at Pasty Central on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 07:04 am:

What a contrast in these scenes captured by our friend Paul Roberts from Mohawk. In the first shot he was heading down the off-ramp toward Dollar Bay as you leave Hancock. Then we have a loftier view in the same direction. A common element in each photo is the steam rising from the plant at Michigan Tech. Paul now has 250 interesting shots of the area in his Guest Gallery album.

We gave Mary a head start on the weekend. If you're traveling over the holiday, be alert - stay safe.

Have a Good Friday :o)

By RD, Iowa on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 07:09 am:

Today's second picture is absolutely inspirational.

By Buzzzzzzzz on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 08:17 am:

Here comes the skeeters!

By FLYIN DAILY on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 08:27 am:

Come on skeeters......and da 4th of July.......

By ts on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 09:04 am:

steam or coal burning without a scrubber for polution

By Mel, Kansas on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 09:20 am:


Certainly not coal. Don't know for certain what the steam plant (which is what it is - produces the steam to heat all of campus) runs on, but I believe it's natural gas or fuel oil.

By Janet NW Ohio on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 09:35 am:

Beautiful picture.

By pam Fruitport on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 10:08 am:

Charlie, HI! Been trying to connect with you about March 15th pic and the map you added that day.... can you provide me with the source of that great map of Keweenaw? Have a Fabulous wkend to you and all.... Happy Joyous Easter!

By John from the prairie on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 10:18 am:

the joy of spring in the midwest is


will the annual keweenaw blackfly festival be in june again this
year? i think i still have bumps from last year.

have a happy holiday weekend

By Howard, Upstate New York on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 10:19 am:

Good pictures! I was riding on that road (in the first picture) 3 months ago. The second picture is absolutely magnificient!

Happy Easter!

By Paul Roberts, Mohawk on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 10:31 am:

John (from the prairie),

Actually last year wasnt really bad until later in the summer. I still remember that a week before July 4 I was wearing my carhart. It was quite nippy. In fact, snowflakes were spotted in certian areas. I'm hoping for a summer like last year as I love the cooler temps and the rain makes grass grow which helps me earn money during the summer months. Have a Happy Easter!

By Jim Copper Country on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 11:10 am:

MTU's steam plant operates on natural gas, tho' for a backup system oil is standing by....

By Dave, Cairo on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 11:14 am:


Even the best fossil fuel burning facilities with state of the art scrubbers cannot eliminate releasing steam into the atmosphere. Judging from the plume's color, I doubt if there are any effluents being emitted, as well. Since, as stated, this is a plant for steam heating, burning natural gas, it poses little impact for NOx emmissions. At least no more than several households trying to keep warm.

By AJ - WI on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 12:17 pm:

I have been wondering. Are the "stone steps" at the end of the Hancock side of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge still there? If so, does anyone have a picture of them? If not, would someone take a picture of them? I would be more appreciative!! I have a lot of childhood memories of the "stone steps."

By Ron, Michigan on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 01:21 pm:

Regarding Tech's steam plant: No matter the fuel source, with stack gas temps upwards of 250 degrees, a "vapor trail", not steam plume, will be evident in the colder months of the year.

By Doug, IN on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 01:21 pm:

When you see a clean white plume coming from the stack of a coal-fired plant, you can bet that it uses scrubbers to get rid of pollutants. The scrubbers actually add moisture to the exhaust and increase the steam. If the exhaust is nearly invisible, with a hazy gray look to it, it is not scrubbed. Also, scrubbers are used to get rid of sulfur dioxide emissions for the most part, not NOx. Nitrogen oxides are generally removed through other means.

By Beverly, San Jose on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 02:26 pm:

Have a Good Friday, and a Happy Easter to everyone.
Hei jAPEi ,

I-KIRJAIN odottaa aukko aikaa Galleria -lta sinun
maalaus ja valokuva erinomainen menestys model after
nyt kuluva ohi Keskiviikko 23 -lta Marssia.
Johon se estdd? Valmis usea ihmiset enndttdd aikaa

Aivan minun parhaiten toivottu ;

By Fran Mi on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 02:39 pm:

Steps are still there--ran up them last summer

By j A P E i and jARMOi on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 03:53 pm:

Link my art exhibition opening ceremonies;

My friend LEENA KNUUTTILA from Italia (near Rooma) and his with is this exhibition!

BEVERLY: Kaunis suomen kieli Sinulla.. .Sinš olet NOPEA oppimaan!!!

By j A P E i and jARMOi on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 03:57 pm:

Happy Easter to all people this !!!

This is certainly BEST place,where person can consume time.. .then as that is!

By Rachel, MI on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 04:07 pm:

Happy Good Friday everyone, and have a Happy,loving Easter. I love the U.P it's my total favorite place to visit, and thank you for giving people like me a chance to see apart from a different place.

By Lansing on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 05:11 pm:

yes those steps are still there had My nephew Robert Andrews take me to the top last summer and I have a picture somewhere with me on them

By Barb in Jacobsville on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 05:51 pm:

It was such a beautiful day, we went for a ride along the
Bootjack. These little guys are so cute I had to snap a picture of


By yooper in AZ on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 06:17 pm:

The second photo is awesome. It won't be long and we will be back in the C.C.

By FLYIN on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 08:45 pm:

Goats in that is living...

By Fran,Ga on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 09:31 pm:

Sure wish I was on that road to Dollar Bay!! I love both pictures. The second one is extra pretty.

jAEPi, you are very pretty! You and your friend make a nice looking couple.

Happy Easter everyone from N Georgia!

By downstate don on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 10:12 pm:

jAPEI AND jARMOI, Great pictures! Happy Easter to
you way over there in Finland. Is it spring time
there yet? Paiva ya Kuikka se mena?

By j A P E i and jARMOi on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 07:38 am:

KIITOS Don and Fran ja KAIKKI MUUT also!
I write later more.. .

By RCW on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 11:08 am:

AJ- WI I ve got a picture of those steps if you want to see it send me your E mail Add.

By B in GB on Sunday, March 27, 2005 - 09:08 am:

Consider posting em here for all eh..

By RCW on Sunday, March 27, 2005 - 07:48 pm:

Ok I ll see if Mary will do it. I ve never mastered that process myself.

Check out Monday, March 28th's What's UP page for the picture!
Stairway to Hancock!

By Tony, Cornwall on Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 02:47 pm:

First Time I have visited your site GREAT site with super pics. Going to really browse when i have more time

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