Thursday, November 17, 2011

Back of the Cliffs

Back of the Cliffs by dcclark

The Cliff Range is a huge and beautiful series of rock outcrops in Keweenaw County. They jut up abruptly, facing southeast, and gradually slope down to Lake Superior on their northwest side. This was taken from one of the many smaller outcrops on this "back" side of the cliffs -- a typical Keweenaw backcountry view in late autumn. The clearing clouds from a rainstorm let in some beautiful late afternoon sunlight to finish off the scene.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shotgun Stopsign

Shotgun Stopsign by dcclark

A true Yooper "stop ahead" sign.

This one was along the snowmobile trail near Mass City, Michigan. It was also near the Hilton mine, which was my goal of the day.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Rockpile by dcclark

Rocks from deep underground, now piled high at the Trimountain mine.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Norwich Bluff at Sunset

Norwich Bluff at Sunset by dcclark

Norwich Bluff was once the site of many early copper mines. Now, it's a rugged and wild place to explore.

I camped at the base of this bluff in the fall, enjoying a terrific windstorm and a bit of rain too. I spent the entire next day climbing up the face of this bluff, through its valleys and ridges, and finding old mines. It was wonderful.

The scale in this photo doesn't necessarily show just how huge the bluff is. Compare those trees at the top with the aspens in the foreground: they really are that different.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Stars over the Lift Bridge

Stars over the Lift Bridge by dcclark

The Portage Lake Lift bridge is a favorite subject, at day and at night. The brightness of the bridge makes it hard to get star trail photos, but I tried -- and got 'em!

Maple and Pine

Maple and Pine by dcclark

A maple leaf on a rainy fall day.