I went out yesterday morning at the crack of dawn for two reasons, one to see if there was any snow in the Herman area, and two, to hunt for Mr. Moose.
Sure enough, right in the area I thought the moose would be.
He was quite a ways off, so only using a 210mm lens, I had to crop in quite a bit. He was about 800 feet away.
I saw this guy the other day, but missed getting a photo of him. I have also seen his tracks for the last couple years.
Headed into the woods yesterday in hopes to find a couple waterfalls I’ve never seen. That didn’t happen, as the rain didn’t stop long enough, and I didn’t feel like getting soaking wet in the cold rain. So, it was a backwoods road photo kinda day.
The excitement of the day was seeing a moose, a big bull moose. Right at the US-41 end of Nestoria Herman Rd., the western entrance. The bull was standing on the other side of 41 on the trail that heads southwest. I couldn’t get a photo though. Just as I grabbed my camera, he started walking off into the woods. I sat there for about 20 minutes hoping he would come back out, but no dice.
I’ve seen many Moose, but this is the first in many years in Michigan.
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…
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 from the top of Haypress Falls
Autumn Painted Forest
Sturgeon River Area
Autumn Colored Road
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.
Ghost Town of Frost
Ghost Town of Frost
Smoky Skies Sunset
Smoky Skies Sunset
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 View
The other night/evening I took the drone up for a sunset photo, and I sure wasn’t disappointed.
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.
Keweenaw Bay Before The storm
Keweenaw Bay with a hint of rainbow on the right
Flower from my wildflower patch