Autumn Colors

The Autumn colors are really kicking in. Some areas are just about at peak, while others are mostly green still.
Friday I drove up Huron Bay-Peshekee Rd knowing the colors would be popping there. I made my first stop for a couple photos and Shit! I forgot a SD card for my camera, that really sucked, and I wasn’t about to drive all the way back home to get one. I did have my drone and my cellphone, but I hate using a cellphone for proper photos, so I mostly just used the drone. I stopped at Haypress Falls to fly down into the area to see the falls, as it is, it’s quite difficult to see these falls without some major bushwhacking. I was pretty nervous  while flying. Lots of trees, rocks and I had to fly downward, so it was a little scary.
After Haypress, I continued north, flew the drone a couple more times for photos and then home. It was a full day.
Sunday I headed down Sidnaw and drove up to the Sturgeon River. I could fly the drone how I wanted due to heavy winds, but I still got some good stuff.
After Sturgeon River, I drove back south and over to Kenton and north on Forest Service Road 16, and then up to Pike Lake Road. Took some photos at Pike Lake, few the drone and headed toward home via Houghton. I was going to stop and get something to eat in Houghton, but every place I went by was packed, even the fast food joints had very long lines, so I just drove home.

Peshekee River

Peshekee River from the top of Haypress Falls

Autumn Painted Forest

Pequaming Point

Sturgeon River

Sturgeon River Area

Autumn Colored Road

Pike Lake

Pike Lake

Pike Lake

Painted Forest

Work and Photos

Well, once again I’ve missed posting things… Damnit.

Let’s go in order of the title.
Work – Today I posted an RFQ for our website at work (Website Design & Development Request for Qualification). This has always been my job. I’m quite upset about this and have asked my boss why, but the only answer I ever get is, “I don’t know the reason”. I have been kept completely out of the loop, told or asked nothing. At this point, I don’t know what the fuck to do. Should I make an appointment with our chairperson? Last time I tried talking with my bosses boss, I just got pushed up. I have, and have had, a website started since the first of the year and have asked my boss to see what people think, but once again, nothing. No input what so ever. I understand I will be keeping my job to maintain the site, but I know the damn thing inside and out, so who better to make another one. Anyway, I’m quite distraught about this.
Photos – I have a few to being uploaded for this post, photos and videos, from the past week or so.

Kunze Lake

Kunze Lake

Ghost Town of Frost

Ghost Town of Frost

Autumn Colors

Sixmile Creek

Sixmile Creek

Sixmile Creek

Smoky Skies Sunset

Smoky Skies Sunset

Quick Rain Storm

I have always kept an eye on the weather, and knowing there could be some popup storms today I watched the radar most often. A little before 4:00 PM I noticed a few clouds, checked the radar, and sure enough a nice little storm was heading my way. What did I do? I grabbed my drone and headed up into the sky. In one direction, to my southwest, was a storm coming, and in the other direction over Keweenaw Bay, bright sunny skies.
After the storm passed the sun came out, so I grabbed the drone again to hunt for a rainbow. Sure enough, there was one, though not a real strong one but still pretty cool.

Incoming Storm

Keweenaw Bay Before The storm

Rainbow

Keweenaw Bay with a hint of rainbow on the right

Flower from my wildflower patch

Hummingbirds and Sunsets

Not much has been happening, just work mainly. The other day I tried taking a slow motion video of some Hummingbirds with the drone. I set the drone up on the front deck railing, went back in the house and sat there triggering the drone to record. After splicing and merging all the clips, I ended up with about 30 seconds in real time footage, but taken in 1080p at 240 FPS, it lasts 6 minutes. I’ll have to try this again sometime.
I also took a few different sunset photos with the drone flying up from the house. The first one is about 15 minutes before the second. Both photos are looking across the road from my place. The creek is Six Mile Creek and most the land is Six Mile Creek Preserve, part of the Keweenaw Land Trust. The land around the preserve is DNR land.
More info here…
https://keweenawlandtrust.org/protected-lands/six-mile-creek
Just after landing the drone rain started falling.

Point Abbaye

Went out to Point Abbaye yesterday, haven’t been out there in 2 years. The place sure is used more now that it has before publicized. I was happy to see you could still drive all the way out to the point, the last section I thought for sure would be blocked off by now.
There was some guy just leaving the spot I was going to, but he stuck around for a few to watch the drone.

Sturgeon River With The Drone

Needed to get out of the house yesterday, even if it was hotter than hell outside.  I headed out to a couple spots that I thought would be good to fly the drone and get some photos, and for the most part they were.
First stop was out Old US-41 near Alberta where there’s an old camel back bridge that’s no longer in use.  I got some pretty good photos of the bridge there.  Once home, I was amazed at the detail the little camera on the drone had once zoomed in in Lightroom.
My next stop was near the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Area, I knew of a couple good spots to fly along the river there.  I stopped at the first location, flew up and down the river for awhile, and got some video footage.  By the time I was finished there, it was getting way too hot to make a stop at the other spot which is right down the road.  I’ll be coming back here during autumn colors, it should be really nice with the drone.
I then headed home.

The first group of photos is from the camel back bridge on Old US-41.
The videos are from the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Area.
And lastly, a photo from the other day looking out at Keweenaw Bay which is a 3×3 panorama photo.