Jan 20-12

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2012: January: Jan 20-12
Fisherman's tools    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Melanie Hakala Rossi
Old boat hull    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Melanie Hakala Rossi
Sandy ice    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Melanie Hakala Rossi
Superior icicles    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Melanie Hakala Rossi

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 08:04 am:

Big Traverse has long been a port from where area commercial fishermen go out into the Big Lake for their daily catch and Melanie Hakala Rossi, captured some remnants of those days. That top photo is the rack that the fishermen wrap their nets around to dry them out and of course the second shot is an overturned boat, with Lake Superior waiting in the background. It doesn't look like either of those items have been used in a number of years.

Melanie next made her way closer to the shoreline, where she found sand and ice combined to make some interesting formations. They look like some sort of Lake Superior sand critters, that may have been washed ashore. Not to worry though, with all those icy legs they can hurry back to the water just fine.
You just never know what you'll find when you explore Superior's shores and it's usually different every time.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 08:07 am:

These pictures remind me of something you'd see on the East coast! Isn't it awesome to have that lake right in your own back yard? Great pictures!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 08:22 am:

Looks like sugar cookies coated with icing and a fudge-coastline. Willie Wonka would be proud.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 10:34 am:

Interesting and unusual sights, but way too much "icing" on the cookies!:p

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 12:04 pm:

What beautiful photos all week long. Just absolutely amazing each and everyone!!!

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It would be a shame if we were to loose this site along with so many others.

By Hilarie Alwine (Halwine) on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 03:06 pm:

We have something exactly like that top photo (minus the beautiful lake in the back ground) in the middle of the woods on our property. Nate told me, once, that it was used to cut firewood.

By Richard Wieber (Dickingrayling) on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 08:02 pm:

Hilarie---What they used to cut wood was what I heard called a "buck". It was a stationary frame that had a v shaped part the log rested in. Todays photo is of a fishermans net drying device #don't know the name#. Those horizontal "blades" rotate like a paddle wheel. When the net were drying they could inspect and repair them.

By Gary W. Long (Gary_in_co) on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 08:18 pm:

Dickingrayling and Halwine: The X-shaped device used to support logs as they are cut into firewood was called a “Sawbuck.” Long ago, a ten-dollar bill had the nickname of being called a sawbuck, because the Roman numeral for 10 was an “X”, bearing a resemblance to a woodcutter’s sawbuck. Old $10 bills actually had “X’s” in the corners as well as the numeral 10.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 08:40 pm:

That's interesting, Gary. I knew that $10. bills were called 'sawbucks' but never knew where the name came from. Guess even at 76 you're never too old to learn somethin' new! Thanks!:)

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