Took another drive in the Keweenaw yesterday. The colors are pretty much at, or even a little past, peak. I stopped along cliff ridge. I was hoping to fly the drone out at Hunter’s Point Park in Copper Harbor, but it was way too busy, so I headed up Brockway Mountain and took some photos there.
What a weekend, from Autumn colors to strong storms and power outages.
Friday I headed into the Keweenaw to check the colors out. In most areas there, they are at just about peak color. I drove straight up to Copper Harbor then down along the coast. Didn’t go up to Brockway Mountain due to way to busy with tourons. I took a few nice photos, and a video I quite like. Then headed home.
That evening, Friday, some thunder storms came rolling through… Yikes! These storms were the strongest I’ve ever seen in person. Also, most the area lost power, mine was out until Sunday morning. I lost two large trees out by the road, but that’s quite minor compared to what happened in L’Anse… They got hammered on.
Saturday I thought I might as well go out and about, no power at the house. Well, as I drove out and down my road that’s where the mess started… downed trees everywhere. I counted nine trees in just under a mile on my road and two snapped power poles. Once I got into L’Anse, holyshit! Must have been hundreds of trees either up-rooted or snapped in half, and they were everywhere, along with downed power lines. I continued on up to Big Erick’s bridge and then out Black Creek Rd and drove around on some two-tracks for a while. Then came home to a still powerless house.
Today, Sunday, I got woke up to a bright light in my eyes, it was the ceiling light. I have power again. Just before sunrise, I drove out my road to see what had been done, not much. The trees are still across the road, but there was two power service trucks parked. A little later I made a quick run to the hardware store, the trees are still down and the trucks are still there, but no-one working yet. There has been one of the snapped power pole replaced, but lines are still hanging very low.
Also this weekend, a couple of “friends” came to L’Anse to see the colors and stuff. They said they’d be getting a hold of me, yeah right. They called once where to go in the keweenaw and they would be getting a hold of me later. Nope. It’s is now 12:30 Sunday Afternoon and not a word. Fuck Them.
I have quite a few photos, some I’m photos now, others I still need to process them and then post later.
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.
Last night I had a hunch the sunset would be good, one because there were some clouds, and two, the smoke from forest fires in the western states. I was not disappointed. There was even a small storm brewing to the south west that I was aware of until I took the drone up and saw it.
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.
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.
Went out yesterday for a Keweenaw round-trip. I was in need of a Keweenaw fix. Knowing there were strong winds out of the south, I thought the shore along the east/south east side of the peninsula would be giving a nice wave show. The waves were coming in strong, but with the water levels being so high I couldn’t get down to the shore line, there was no shore. So I headed up to Copper Harbor to take the western shore back down. While passing the entrance to Brockway Mountain I noticed quite a few tracks in the snow on the road, so I turned to head up. Going up the first steep grade I saw quite a few tracks where people had gotten stuck in the snow (the road isn’t plowed in winter), but I went for it, and had no problems at all. There were a couple 3 foot drifts at a couple of the high points, but the Subie plowed right through. This was a wonderful surprise to find the road was “open” and drivable, that is if you have a good 4-wheeldrive. Didn’t stay up there long, just long enough to get a few photos, as the winds were really blowing up there. I came back down the same way so I could drive the full shoreline, though on the way down I needed to put the Subie in 1st gear on many of the downward hills to keep good traction.
Afterward headed down the shoreline, stopped a couple time for photos, and on home.
Looking Down to Copper Harbor
View From Brockway Mountain
Brockway Mountain Drive
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. - Helen Keller
About Me - Ed Nephler
I live on Menge Creek, L'Anse, Michigan USA
Waiting for my last love to give me a sign.
I will wait the rest of my life. Truth.
It's sad when two hearts that ought to be together, aren't together.