Feb 27-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: February: Feb 27-04
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Photo by Paul Trautman

Mary Drew, still sunning in warmer climes on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 06:13 am:

A field of dreams and imagination, brought to us by Paul Trautman. The forces of nature team together to create an unusual looking sight, with the snow, blown by the wind, the sun drawing angles on top the snow with shadows, gives a sense of something alien. Another of the countless beautiful reasons to love the U.P.

Our sons have arrived to spend a week with us here in Indian Shores, Florida, before we head back north. I guess you could say we're officially on "Spring Break" now, with the younger generation along. They were happy to find out that the Pasty.net Nationwide dial-in is working no matter where we stay. They can keep in touch with their friends back home now too... I suppose it'll be a battle who gets to use the laptop next. I'll have to remind them... Pasty.com business, before pleasure!

By Tony, MI on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 06:19 am:

Look at that I gat to be first today! where was that picture taken at? I wonder how much snow there is going up those trees. Great shot

By IN Yoop on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 06:39 am:

Looks like pilings to me.

By Wiseguy on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 07:40 am:

Them trees ain't doin' so good. Are they getting enough sun?

By Julie Barrie The Netherlands formly Michigan on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 07:48 am:

at first glance they look like headstones in a
cemetary ...covered in snow... peaceful..
Mary Drew hope you finish your holidays with alot
of fun and sunshine... We even have some snow here
in The Netherlands just a little dusting on the
ground its the second snowfall of the year.. little but still there ... have great weekends
everybody... :)

By Just Askin' on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 07:49 am:

Hey Julie, got enough ice for Hans Brinker to skate on?

By bob piff, hoton on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:00 am:

Ha I got 6th post today!! One number is as good as any other right? Looks like pilings in frozen water to me also.

By Jane on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:00 am:

Mary: Did Pippin get to come along for the vacation?

By Dave, Laurium on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:01 am:

Can't remember if they are still there or not, but there user to be pilings like this down at Lac Labelle. Nice picture, and I hope the spring fever doesn't get overboard this week....because when you least expect it, 'ol' Mother Nature will give us another reminder of exactly what time of the year it is. But it sure is nice to see sunshine in the morning instead of the gloominess of the clouds, really gets the day off on the right foot.

By Rose, Illinois on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:08 am:

Here's my guess; Fayette? I remember seeing some there (in the summer!)

By rob in dc on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:27 am:

I usually disdain such gratuitous comments, but: Today's photo really is a knockout. It is yet another addition to my screen-saver slide show.

By me on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:36 am:

the 6th is the worst post

By Kewgal on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:38 am:

To me them look like the old posts that are sticking out of the water in Lac La Belle! Great picture!

By L2 -lp- always a yooper on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:46 am:


By CN Wisconsin on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 09:23 am:

Cool picture but I think it was taken in Chassell Bay. I could be wrong.

By rs on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 09:29 am:

Marquette harbor id say

By Peter , Australia on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 09:51 am:

To Me
I would have thought the ' Last Post' is worst than the 6th post .Obviously a military term for those who undertand the significance . Have a great day in the slowly warming part of the world.

By Mary Drew - WAY south of the U.P. border on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 09:53 am:


No, Pippin didn't get to come along. We figured a long drive like we made would be too much for him, since he'd rather be out the farm running and chasing the kitties! He's home with one of our son's friends staying there taking care of him!

Looks like some golf today, to compliment the daily bike rides!

By Roudy Mi on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:03 am:

A clear case of clear cuttin' if I ever saw it.

By Dave H. Corryton TN. on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:16 am:

Beam me up there Scoty! The snow we got here yesterday is melting today.It sure was pretty while it lasted.Wonder if that can be taken as March came in like a Lion,so it will go out like a Lamb?

By Mary Ann, WY on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:19 am:

Just had to say what a beautiful photo. Of course, it sure will be nice when the flowers are blooming and the snow is gone.

By Kate, CA on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:22 am:

Smart words, Dave.....Mother Nature usually has a little somethin'-somethin' for the U.P. in March. Don't put your snow scoops away yet!!!Planning a visit in June, hope the icebergs have melted by then!

By Roger Kangas on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:29 am:

Very nice picture Paul! It's reminiscent of many of the old structures in the C.C. - skeletons from a previous life. One wonders what the real purpose was. (Coal dock, lumber dock, etc.?) Like many other old ruins in and around the former Copperdom, nearly all that's remaining is rusted framework and rotted old posts. The rest is left to your imagination.

By E Downstater but former yooper on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:36 am:

pull your head out of the sand dem dare are pilings not trees........or should i say pull your head out of the snow, it would be more fitting for the picture

By dick fl on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 11:08 am:

You are right. 'Last Post' is definitely not something to envy.

By c /wi on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 11:34 am:

what the heck is a piling is it remainders of an old dock?

By Judy Brown-Kurnik Chesaning, MI on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 11:45 am:

Remains of old docks can be seen in hundreds of places around Michigan. The Saginaw and Tittabawasee Rivers near here are marked with many of these formations of pilings. A reminder of the past. Beautiful photo, Paul.

By tom on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 12:15 pm:

the annual Outhouse Races are taking place this weekend in Trenary. Just one more event that makes the U.P. Someplace Special! http://www.jldr.com/ohraces99.html

By Paul on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 01:26 pm:

For a clue to when and where these old piles were employed
click on to my name just below the photo. Answer later.

By MurphySurf on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 02:20 pm:

What camera equipment do you use?

By ed on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 03:05 pm:

Ripley I say is where the coal unloading dock was.

By walter p tampa on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 05:03 pm:

beutiful stumpage

By RCW on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 05:25 pm:

The picture in Paul,s Gallery is certainly not Ripley. Doesnt look like anything local to me

By j on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 05:40 pm:

chassell bay or prickett dam (miserable fishing around this mess)

By Jim:Arlington,Texas on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 05:59 pm:

Could those pillings be at Central,on the South side of 41, near Gratiot Lake Rd.?

By Barnadette, IN on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 06:00 pm:

I hear that John Lehman, another pasty.com photographer is in Florida too, but is looking forward to getting back to the UP to tend his skating pond and roof.

By me on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 07:42 pm:

my guess is Dollar Bay...look in the background you can see the Quincy smelter in Ripley and the Quincy mine on the hill above Hancock.

By Kelly MI on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:01 pm:

Wounderful Photograph! My initial impression was a jetty out into the lake covered with a blizzard of snow.

By The other Rose from Illinois on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 09:02 pm:

I think those pilings are just about everywhere. I remember seeing them at Marquette last fall when we accompanied our grandson up to NMU!

By Charlie in Eagle River on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 09:47 pm:

They remind me of some we saw on the Pasty Cam back in 2000, at Presque Isle park:

more stumpage
By the way, thanks to everyone who came by our booth at the Copper Country Mall today. We met so many of our Pasty.NET members, and signed up some new ones. There were a lot of questions about the wireless project for Copper Harbor. We had a very nice letter of support from Grant Township. Hope to have it fully operational by this summer.
Ken and Mimi from da UP on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:47 pm:

Could it be the coal dock in $ Bay? But there weren't that type of unloaders there. Dunno just where it is. Will have to wait for Paul to tell us.

By Ken from da UP, Paavola, Houghton, Hancock, Hubbell and Tamarack Mills City on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:48 pm:

Good one, Wiseguy! :>)

By steve, Racine, calumet on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 12:17 am:

I don't mean to get out of the way, loggers rule. What is your house made of?They made it happen, no? Fred says better than anyone, Hug a logger

By steve on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 12:46 am:

could you be so kind as to focus on the western part of theU.P. one time. Still a great part of history. Thank you

By Paul on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 07:14 am:

These pilings were once part of the Isle Royale
Mills coal dock site. The mill was located where the Citgo Station is on 41 south Of Houghton.
Although still in the water this dock is now
surrrounded by land. That is Dollar Bay in the

By Connie - Colorado on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 12:57 pm:

I have tried to see the surface of this planet in my backyard telescope many times! Perhaps a large mirror mounted on the moon near Tycho would help! Great photo!

By Evelyn..Murphys, CA. on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 02:55 pm:

I'm with you, Steve...A little bit from the western U.P.( around Ironwood}, please...

By Mary Drew enjoying the Florida sunshine on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 10:28 pm:

We here at Pasty.com would be happy to oblige with the western U.P. photos...all we need is someone to post some in their gallery, from that area. Get busy and get those cameras clicking! :->

By Barney, Indy Runs on Monday, March 1, 2004 - 09:06 pm:

This marvelous photo reminds me of a snowy stair-

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