Jan 29-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: January: Jan 29-04
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Photo by Michael and Patricia Forgrave

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 06:39 am:

First glance at this photo, I thought Swedetown ski trails, but on closer inspection, I figured it wasn't. Looks like Michael and Patricia Forgrave, were in the right spot at the right time... capturing a Red Fox crossing the driveway! When you see a creature like this during these cold, snowy winters in the Copper Country, doesn't it make you wonder how they stay warm and survive?

By Pat and Glenda on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 07:02 am:

Our thirst for Groundhog Day is 
unquenchable, but its magnetism
is soothing... We become cloaked
in the much desired but often
elusive peaceful balance of heart,
soul, and mind.

By Therese from Harbor Springs, MI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 07:15 am:

Years ago outside Habor Springs I stopped the car to watch a red fox pulling something large and black across a snowy field. I finally realized it was dragging a bag full of tasty garbage. Now that was one smart vixen: no mouthful at a time for her but the whole bag!

By JJ MI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 07:41 am:

Years ago - on a farm in S/E WI, I was taking my "Sunrise Stroll" and on a rise - overlooking the fields, swamps and wooded areas, I spotted a bright red fox, stood out against the green, and it headed toward a wooded area. I watched and saw it bring something (food) to the awaiting youngens... It was why I got up early and went for the walks, to see what I never could (or would) see living in the city (as I do now). At dusk and at dawn the fields became thier playground...

By C. Minetti Downstate on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 08:01 am:

I remember seeing many a family of red foxes out near the sportsmans camp at rice lake. I wonder if they are still around since much of that land has been cleared?

By Connie Ft. Belvoir VA on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 08:41 am:

I have a picture of someone feeding 3 baby red fox on Mt. Brockway, but can't figure out how to post it here.

By cal, osh wi via menominee on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 08:59 am:

Many years ago my family "adopted" a baby red fox whose mother had been killed. He was only with us for a short time before he decided he was ready to live in the woods on his own, but the memories will last forever.

By Mr. Wheatman, South end on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 09:51 am:

Ahh the guileful Red Fox, Vulpes Fulva, an ebullient inhabitor of many a northern hinterland. Kudos on catching a shot of this perspicacious fellow.


By Lily, MI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 10:17 am:

Hi Mr. Wheatman! Nice to read from you again!

By Rick, Texas on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 10:29 am:

I love this site. I visit it every morning now. When I was a child in Chicago I spent my summers and Christmas vacations in the UP and one of my favorite trips was to Copper Harbor. Now I try to visit at least every other year.

By Sherry in N FL on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 11:24 am:

Hi there too Mr Wheatman. I have missed your posting. Hope all is well.

By Mary Cruickshank Peed, IL on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 11:35 am:

Great picture! The bit of snow we have in Chicago (in comparison) makes me homesick... but it's ok, we'll probably be home for Carnival.

There's a discussion going on on another list that I'm on about movies made in the UP. We have Anatomy of a Murder and Escanaba in da Moonlight, however, I remember a movie being filmed on the Gay sands... of course searching Google for Gay Michigan turns up all the wrong sort of links...

Any Pasty readers remember the name of the movie made on the sands?

Mary Peed

By rjr,utica mi. on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 12:17 pm:

looks likes backmans driveway behind point mills. doesnt really matter still a beautiful sight. hey to everyone in the bay.

By Tired Fox? on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 12:26 pm:

Beautiful picture! Sure makes me homesick.
That Fox looks like:
1.He's tired after chasing and not catching.
2.He's just been kicked out of the Foxhouse.
3.Or he's coming home from a huge dinner at the neighbors and can hardly walk.

Lucky Yooper Photogs to capture such a shot!
Thanx for sharing it.

By Scott stuck in Indiana on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 12:46 pm:

Somebody please help connie with her pictures I'd love to see the foxes being fed....great shot ot the red fox...we only wish we could live in a beautiful place like yours.

By Mike R. New Berlin WI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 02:02 pm:

Mary, I think part of "Hemingways Adventures of a Young Man" was partly filmed in the U.P. I remember going and seeing a pre-release of it with my dad at the Nordic Theatre in Marquette. This would have been in the early 60's.

By Tot , Olympia, WA on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 02:41 pm:

I grew up in Lake Linden, my husband in Calumet but we have lived in Washington State for 30+ years. We live on a houseboat in Olympia, Wa and when I go to work in the mornings around 4:30am, I often see a red fox along the road by the marina. It is always a pleasure to see this beautiful animal. I wish we had some of that pretty dry snow though. When we do get some, it is very wet and messy. Still miss the beauty of it after all this time.

By Scarlett - Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 03:39 pm:

Hi Mary, I did some research of my own about movies filmed in Michigan, and I got back quite a few! Here is the link, but it doesn't tell where exactly in the state it was filmed at, you could probably do research from there though with the name of the movie. Anyway, here it is:
I hope it works for you, it's a pretty extensive, and interesting list!
Also, I stumbled onto this site through another daily picture site The Leland Report, of Leland, MI, http://www.lelandreport.com/index.asp, and I have to say, I'm originally from the eastern U.P., and think it's so great to have a daily dose of home!

By In Wi. on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 04:08 pm:

I do not remember the name ..I do know the film footage at the gay sands was for a second movie done by the guys who filmed ..Children of the Night..{not to be confused with Children of the Corn}.
It was partly filmed in Calumet .It was an .. um ..OK movie for something on a small budget.I saw it on showtime years ago. I think the producers were out of Eagle River Wisconsin.

By WALTER P TAMPA on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 05:09 pm:


By UP_gal on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 05:13 pm:

Well, yes. Fox do kill for food. That is a how the food chain operates. I guess they don't need the warmth of indoors as we do ! Those fox-fur coats they have must be mighty warm.

By The Forgraves, Calumet MI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 05:36 pm:

Thank you for the comments on our picture. It was taken
on M-203 between McLain State Park and Calumet. There
was a gathering of crows and this fellow in the road. They
scattered upon our arrival, but the fox hung around
peeking out from behind the snowbanks. He finally
ventured out across the driveway so we could get a shot.
This was one of the times that we really wished we had a
zoom lens!

By Connie - Colorado on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 05:38 pm:

I knew the first time I saw the Watersmeet Nimrod's commercial on ESPN, that they were talking about the UP, and I was right!


Go Nimrods!! and thanks for being yoopers!

By AČ, Royal Oak, MI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 05:42 pm:

Reference movies made in the UP, for those of you have read "The Sweater Letter", filming has just been completed in Ontonagon (ref. Ontonagon Herald)and Marquette area for a TV presentation in the near future. Because I went to school directly across the street from the Moilanen's and because some of my family members attended classes with both families involved in the "Sweater Letter" I was up until all ungodly hours last summer reading the book. Also, Syl's Cafe which was mentioned in the book was owned by my Aunt Sylvia Laitala.

By Nancy Nelson, WI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 05:46 pm:

Walter P in Tampa---and we DON'T live by killing other animals????

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 05:53 pm:

Connie Ft. Belvoir VA, sent the two pictures she mentioned in her post up above.
She says they were taken on Brockway Mountain Drive...Thanks Connie!

Connie's foxes

Connie's other foxes

By Scarlett - Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 05:57 pm:

Oh what precious little babies!!!

By Lowell MO. on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 06:15 pm:

Aren't baby fox called either cubs or kits???
Pretty picture. Used to have a resident Fox that lived here and used to see her trotting down the street either real late at nite or early in the AM. Haven't seen her for awhile kinda miss see her. She had a den about three blocks away in a friends backyard and raised her young there about every year.

By p.d.p. on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 06:23 pm:

I believe kits are what they are called very handsome animal the red fox,

By JJ MI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 06:39 pm:

Walter P in Tampa

you are killing ME, you must be related to some fox???


By Connie, Ft. Belvoir on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 07:02 pm:

Thank you Mary for posting the pictures ;-)

By Nancy, MI on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 07:24 pm:

Tot of Olympia, is that you who lived in Port Huron? If it is, this is N.A. How are you all? If it is,,, I'll send you my e-mail address. Nanc

By Charlie Hopper, Eagle River on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 08:01 pm:

Another movie filmed in the U.P. was "Captive Faith", a story about a pastor in the Soviet Union who was imprisoned because of his public preaching. It was done in the early 90's at a prison camp movie set, which was built at Gitche Gumee, in Eagle River. A lot of locals served as extras, including my son Jonathan and myself. There was outdoor filming both in the summer and winter, and the indoor scenes were filmed at a studio in South Carolina.

It was a very interesting experience, seeing first-hand how a producer creates a world of convincing illusion. When the movie had it's screening at Calumet Theatre, the place was almost filled by the extras and their families.

By p.s. from Charlie on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 08:01 pm:

P.S. - I very much appreciate Mary Drew's work on the weekday Pasty Cam, and Toivo on the weekend. Although I miss writing the initial comments and captions each day, it is good to have the extra time to cope with the rapid expansion of Pasty Central's order fulfillment, and Pasty.NET's addition of dial-in members all over the country.

I do catch up on the comments usually every evening. At the end of February the Pasty Cam will begin it's 7th year as a "daily picture" site, and pasty.com's 9th year on the web. I still find it as interesting as it was when Jonathan and I first put on the "snow thermometer" back in '95 and published the first coverage of Winter Carnival that winter. We are grateful to see others doing a fine job carrying on the tradition.

Snow Stick

By Mike, PA on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 08:02 pm:

A much rarer sight is the Gray Fox. Red Fox are not that hard to find, but only once have I seen a Gray Fox. They are much more reclusive and nocturnal.

By Donna on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 08:11 pm:

How about a wolf? Anybody got a pic of a Yooper Wolf????

By Tot , Olympia, WA on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 08:48 pm:

Nanc in MI, yes it is me! If you click on my name it will give you my e-mail as well. It will be great to hear from you.

By WALTER P TAMPA on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 09:13 pm:


By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 09:28 pm:

I don't have a picture of a gray fox or a wolf, but I do have a picture of a black fox, which I took on Belle Isle, Isle Royale. This little fellow came quite close to me while I was sitting in a lawn chair, reading. He was obviously used to human beings!

black fox

By beau on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 09:30 pm:

we dont have a picture of a yooper wolf but i know one who lives in il..

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 10:32 pm:

Just wondering, how many Swedetown locations are there in the CC?

By Mike, PA on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 10:34 pm:

That is a good picture of a Black Fox. I'm pretty sure this is just a color variation of the Red Fox (Vulpes)

By John-Canton on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 11:11 pm:

right on Nancy

By T, MN on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 12:53 am:

This is a wrong-day question; the Sunday photo (1-25), is that float taken in front of the Beta Sigma Theta house???

By Mary Cruickshank Peed on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 01:28 pm:

Thanks, everyone, for the movie info!

Mary Cruickshank Peed

By jklipa, Farmington Hills, MI on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 02:17 pm:

To AČ, Royal Oak, MI re: Moilanen's...
My wife's mother's maiden name was Ina Moilanen and my wife was born in Laurium in 1948... I get the impression that Moilanen was a common name in that area in those days... My wife's mother's family lived for many years before that on a farm in the Calumet area... It was surprising and interesting to see that name in print...

By ert, GA on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 02:24 pm:

When I saw the small picture, I couldn't identify the animal -- hoped it was a wolf. But the red fox is beautiful. Here it's just the opposite: gray foxes are fairly common, red foxes are rare.

Enjoyed the movie discussion. I always loved Hemingway's Nick Adams stories, set in the UP. Were any of them made into movies?

By Karen Hill Reynolds, California on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 02:53 pm:

Here is a sleepy Grey Fox strolling in mid-day in sunny Southern California
past the peach trees and morning glories, down into the canyon. We often
see the foxes in pairs, and some neighbors speculate that they may
actually be coyotes.
Spectacular lead image by Mary Drew at Pasty Central, thanks!

By Epona on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 - 05:16 pm:

Awwwww x3 foxy foxy foxy!!!

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