Looking out towards Lake Superior at Gooseberry Falls state park in Minnesota, on a windy, chilly, and sunny spring day.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
One from the deep archives.
This is a photo from one arm of the Tamarack #3's gigantic rock pile, looking towards another arm of this massive rockpile. My friend Mike, better known as the Copper Country Explorer, is taking a photo looking out over the Tamarack swamps.
We did this exploration in July of 2009. This rockpile is still one of the most impressive ones I've seen.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Some pretty birds, apparently also acting as paintball targets, on the cement ruins at the Champion Mill in Freda, Michigan.
I've always wondered about the uses of ruins in the Keweenaw. The graffiti seems to be a "just for fun" sort of thing, as compared to the way that graffiti is used for communication purposes in more urban areas.
Similarly, paintball and airsoft are common uses. This makes sense, despite the fact that I really dislike the results.
The main thing which bothers me is that I'm interested in these ruins for their own sake -- and graffiti, paintball, airsoft, and people wandering around and kicking bits over don't help make it any easier to visit and enjoy these wonderful sites!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
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Sunday, February 24, 2013
A ball mill at the old White Pine mine. This was one of many attempts to make mining the Nonesuch Shale pay -- a bed of sandstone with extremely fine copper embedded in it. The Nonesuch mine (in the Porcupine Mountains) was the first attempt, with the old White Pine coming again later. It took quite a long time -- until the 1950's! -- for the Copper Range Company to solve the problem (at which point the White Pine became a real bonanza).
The ball mills were an early attempt at the White Pine, but they benefitted from the many many many attempts made at the Nonesuch -- but as it turned out, these rotating containers didn't work all that well either. The ruins are spectacular, but never made any money.
This photo was taken after my overnight solo backpacking trip into the Porkies -- my last real adventure while living in the UP.