Busy and Other Stuff

And once again I haven’t posted in a while… bad me.  I seem to post my photos and videos on Facebook, but neglect my blog.  Pure laziness.  We haven’t had much snow yet this year, which is quite unusual, so everything is a drab brown and not very pretty.  So I haven’t been out taking photos and such much at all.  I plan on getting out and about next week as I have three days off from work plus the weekend giving me 5 days.
Also, work has been putting me in quite a down mood.  One, they are having some company develop a new website and not evolving me, not at all, nothing.  Then two, my boss just put in his notice and I’m really worried what is going to happen now.

Anyway, here are some photos and videos I have taken over the past couple weeks in order of oldest to newest.

Evening Grosbeak – Male

Keweenaw Trust Cabin

Abbaye Point

Evening Grosbeaks

Cliff River Falls

Cliff River Falls

Northern Cardinal – Male

Northern Cardinal – Male

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

 

First Snow

Last Sunday we had our first proper snowfall.  Drove out to Big Erick’s Bridge, it was snowing pretty good while I was there. I had plans to fly the drone around, but no dice in the heavy snow, so I took a couple photos from the bridge.  I then drove out to the Slate River on Arvon Rd hoping to fly the drone there.  The snow was falling much lighter there so I did fly it for a bit. It was quite tricky flying with all the low hanging branches, took me three attempts to make it without the drone’s object detection stopping the drone.  The object detection can be turned off, but I’m not confident enough to fly without it. I don’t want to crash and wreck my drone, even if I do have insurance on it.
This past week was my first full week of work, without taking some days off, in over two months.  The full week didn’t really feel much different, as most my days off I end up working some anyway.
This weekend I not doing much at all.  Yesterday was super windy, though it did turn out quite nice with temps in the low 50s.  Today, well, it’s a snowy one.  Forecast is for up to 6 inches of snow and lots of wind.  What snow that does fall today will melt away during the week, we should be getting some nice warm days ahead with temps up into the 60s.

Huron River

Slate River

Arvon Road

Time Flies

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post…Yikes.
Well, Autumn colors are over with here, now just leafless trees. We’ve had some snow, but here at the house not much. I do have about an inch on the ground this morning, but that’s sure to melt through the day.
Anyway, I guess I just post some photos and videos I’ve taken since my last post.

Black Bear Falls

Black Bear Falls

Black Bear Falls

Autumn Color – Back of Property

Saunder Lake

Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness

Northern Cardinal

Grand Staircase Falls

Section of Grand Staircase Falls

Grand Staircase Falls

Grand Staircase Falls

Arrowhead Falls

Two-track

Interesting Weekend

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.

First some of the trees down by the storm…

Now Photos and video from the Keweenaw…

Now a couple from the two-tracks…

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

Sunset

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.

Sunset Over Keweenaw Bay

Sunset Over Six Mile Creek Preserve

Sixmile Creek

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Little More Color – Back of Property

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.