Two flowers entwined, neither of whose name I'm certain about. The pink one is some species of inedible wild pea (perhaps a beach pea), while the second is a common weed in the Keweenaw area.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
So, I got married recently! At the reception, we gave each table a name of a local landmark -- as well as putting some small photo cards on the table as take-home gifts for the guests. Some of these photos are old ones which I've previously posted (such as my old favorite, Fall Tram at Quincy).
But some are new photos which I took specifically for the tables. I'm going to be posting several of those, starting with this one -- Table #1, the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, now open for historical tours.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Carp Lake mine's boiler tubes... or an ancient iron face?
OK, it's the Carp Lake mine's boiler. This is one of the least accessible ruins in the Copper Country, but also one of the most spectacular to find. It's hidden near Lake of the Clouds, far over the Escarpment Trail, down a long and rocky hill with no trail to be found. But at the bottom is the only in-place Cornish stamp mill in the Copper Country -- possibly in the entire United States!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
The view from the top of Bare Bluff, a massive outcropping of Rhyolite (a pink mineral, hence the wacky rock colors) which is very very close to the shore of Lake Superior. It's also a Michigan Nature Association sanctuary. This bluff is amazingly remote, too, requiring a long-ish drive on rough logging roads, followed by a hike through some of the steepest and worst-maintained trails I've seen! But it's all worth it, especially for this view straight towards the tip of Keweenaw Point.
This is often misnamed "Bear Bluff" -- sure, there are bears around, but its correct name is Bare Bluff.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Yes, I'm alive! I've moved to Minnesota (relevant for this post) and am settling in. More posts on the way, I promise...
The Minesota Mine (yes, spelled that way) was one of the first wildly rich copper mines in the Copper Country. It closed, in the words of the copper handbook, largely due to management unwilling to invest the necessary money in keeping it going. It was reborn as the Michigan Mine, on a much grander scale.
When it began to play out (again), they expanded and drove new shafts, including the "E" shaft. Its fortress-like ruins still sit atop a short bluff, with its collapsing shaft recently re-capped. I have no clue what happened to these ruins to cause them to fall apart this way -- it's very unusual, even in the ruin-ridden Copper Country.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Each year in late winter, I try to take a snowshoe hike out to Hunter's Point, an arm of land which separates Copper Harbor from Lake Superior. The north (Superior) side of this rocky point has bedrock outcrops right up to the water, and Superior usually turns them into spectacular ice sculptures.
This year was no exception, and I hiked all the way to the end of Porter's Island (right off the tip of Hunter's Point), where a huge wall of Copper Harbor Conglomerate faces the fury of Lake Superior. Standing high up on this ice-covered wall, I took this photo of the mini icebergs already forming in the warming lake.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
On the bat cage over an air shaft at the old Petherick Mine, Copper Falls, Michigan.
This "bat cage" is a repurposed vat of some sort, turned on its end and capped with a big cage which allows bats to escape (but makes humans stay out). It was once blue, but those days are quickly coming to an end...
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
It's been a while -- I've been out photographing, but being slow to upload!
I took my yearly trek out to Hunter's Point in Copper Harbor last weekend. One side of this point faces Lake Superior, and the rocky shore collects some beautiful ice formations. This trough was layered over massive outcrops of conglomerate and basalt. Yes, it really was that color!
Monday, February 13, 2012
The "maintenance corridor" which surrounds the outside of the old Mesnard mine's giant cement hoist foundation. The Mesnard was also the site of one of the last hopes for the Copper Country's copper industry -- the Homestake copper exploration of 1976. They searched but didn't find enough to keep going. Now all that's left are foundations and a giant steel headframe.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Underneath the massive -- but slowly decaying -- Champion #4 rock house. This photo shows the path of the old rail spur which lead under the rock bins, where train cars could pick up copper-bearing rock to take to the mill.
This photo was taken as part of a tour on the Copper Country Explorer weekend, 2010.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Some sort of mechanical-electrical switches at the Champion #4 hoist building.
We gained access to this building as part of the Copper Country Explorer weekend tour in 2010. The building originally housed a giant steam hoist for the Champion #4 mine, but in its later years it was scaled down to a much smaller electrical hoist -- leaving an awful lot of empty space.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Catching up: Here's an old shot from the Delaware Copper Mine, and excellent self-guided mine tour up in the Keweenaw Peninsula. This is a stope hole (possibly better called a "winzie") which connects the 1st and 2nd levels of the mine. The hole connects to the top of a "stope" (an area of copper ore which was removed) which is now filled with water.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The beginning of the tram road from the C shaft of the old Minesota mine's tram road -- yes, that's spelled right -- at the top of the cleverly named C Shaft Hill.
The Minesota was one of the richest mines in the Copper Country -- in its time. But it mined a special type of lode which had huge chunks of pure copper, and which (like most lodes of that type) ran out fairly quickly -- nothing near the 100+ years that Calumet and Hecla or Quincy would survive, working low-grade lodes filled with tiny nodules of copper. The lode mined at the Minesota was right on the face of the bluff, and so the rockhouse and other parts of the mine had to be below the bluff face.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
You may have noticed that I suddenly slowed down, and then totally stopped, posting photos recently. Well, I had a good excuse: I was going through a butterfly-like transformation and becoming Dr. Clark!
This photo, taken by one of my colleagues, is from my dissertation defense -- a presentation made to my advisor, a committee of professors, and anyone else from my department who cared to come. I presented on and answered questions about my last 5 years' worth of mathematical research. After some grilling by my committee, the deed was done: they agreed that I would be a doctor of mathematics!
Anyhow, the long and short of it is that, in preparing for this day, everything else took a back burner. After that, the combination of finishing up the final details of my dissertation, moving into a new apartment, and the holidays generally kept me from editing and posting photos. More later, I promise!