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

Forgotten Post

I thought I had made this post earlier this week…Oops.

Last Sunday I headed up Pike Lake Rd to see if there was any Autumn colors starting as this area seems to start a bit sooner. Nope, very very little.
I spent the whole time flying around Horseshoe Lake, a small lake, almost just a pond. Just after I got the drone up to height, a big adult Bald Eagle flew right by me, within 30 feet. Then the first thought I had was, “shit, what if that eagle goes after the drone?”. Well, the eagle didn’t, damn good thing.

I also went to the small lighthouse here in Baraga on Sand Point and took a quick video. The wind was stronger than I had thought it would be, so I didn’t spend much time here.

Horseshoe Lake

Horseshoe Lake View

Horseshoe Lake

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.

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.