More fun with lighting, as I make my ruler turn into something curiously spooky.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
The result of last week's pumpkin carving extravaganza, front and center -- Pumpkin Pi, aka the Pimpkin! Sarah and I carved this as part of a grad student social. Left and right, pumpkins carved by my housemate and his girlfriend.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Beware of Sarah, for her very step shakes the heavens and the earth!
This lovely portrait of the lovely Sarah was taken at Copper Falls bluff, one of my favorite locations in the whole world.
These appeared at the highway crossing between Michigan Tech's dorms, and the main area of campus (with academic buildings). Apparently they're necessary, although I'm not really sure what the point is. If you don't understand the basic concept, I don't think that this sign will help all that much.
Then again, we already have a history of weird signage here in da UP.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Shadow of a hook. This is a little hook in my room's wall. I lit it with my LED headlamp, and shot this a whoooooole bunch of times!
This old leaf lives on with its crazy shadow!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
A contrast to yesterday's photo -- the Quincy #2 rockhouse, as well as its neighboring boiler house, under the stars.
Clear nights when I can stay up late are few and far between, so I jump at the chance to enjoy them when I can!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Lovely Sarah, eyes and all!
This is my second try -- the first is below, but the focus was somewhat imperfect.
... and the original, not quite perfect.
Monday, October 11, 2010
The Centennial Mine #1/#2 hoist -- actually, just the cinder block addition on the back, which held the mine's compressors. The hoist itself is nothing but a foundation, to the left. In the far distance, the shaft house hides behind an old town dump which was mysteriously created between these buildings.
The compressors were still mounted inside this building up until just a few years ago -- as you can see over at Copper Country Explorer's Centennial mine page. Sadly, they are now gone.
The Calumet Waterworks is a township park on the shores of Lake Superior -- once the site of the waterworks for the Calumet and Hecla mine. Now, it's a beautiful sandy beach (which is rather unusual for the Keweenaw). Here, a rock rests in a nest of sand.
A few miles down the road -- what could it be?
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
A fall landscape, from the beautiful "Paradise Plunge" up the hill behind my house (ok... several miles behind my house).
Be sure to click the photo, to see it large and on black. It's quite stunning that way.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
A maple leaf, hanging deep in the woods near the old Copper Range rail line passing between the Michigan Smelter and Atlantic Mine. The old rail line is now an ATV and snowmobile trail, and it runs through some very rugged and beautiful territory.
The old Quincy #2 Dredge (previously seen from the water) in the fall. This view comes from the opposite direction compared to that previous photo -- this time, looking towards the mainland from the massive Quincy stamp sands, an EPA superfund site now covered with topsoil and grasses.
Friday, October 1, 2010
An autumn view of the Redridge reservoir.
The reservoir was created by the massive Redridge Steel Dam, which was built by a combination of the Atlantic and Baltic Mines. Both needed water for their mills, which were built on Lake Superior, nearby. Together, they built a unique dam, which still stands today.
However, the dam is not fully intact. It had holes cut in it during the 70's, to reduce the level of the water and avoid the danger of overflowing. The reservoir used to be filled to the top of the tree level in this photo, but now it is considerably lower. There are fields full of preserved tree stumps left on the new shores.