Since it’s national Lighthouse Day, this is an image of Point Iroquois Light Station, it was a nasty cold windy rainy autumn day when I was there. When I am out traveling and taking pics, Mother Nature does not always give me the best weather, but I figure the light keepers have to do their job no mater what the conditions are so I can take a few picks in bad weather. This lighthouse is such a large and massive structure, but with the storms coming of Lake Superior it needs to withstand some harsh conditions. Lighthouses are a beacon of hope standing tall and guiding us thru the worst of storms. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state and I am proud to call Michigan home and if I am anywhere near a lighthouse I always stop and get a pic.
I camped at the Riffle River Recreation Area over the weekend and the sky was clear revealing a plethora of stars at night. I went over to the Devoe Lake beach and set up my tripod and took a few pics, it was so dark I had to use my tripod with a cable release and count my exposure time. I took a few pics and found that when I counted to about 150 I got a good exposure. So on my 3rd pic I was counting and got to about 130 and noticed a dark blob moving next to me in the inky darkness. I was prying it was not a skunk. I turned on my flashlight and it was a little raccoon with a whole family of four a little further off in the distance. I don’t know who was scared more me or the raccoons, but I did get a nice pic of Devoe Lake with the stars and the northern lights in the distance.
Going down the expressway you see all sorts of billboards and signs and I could not even tell you what’s on them, I forget all about them after about 2 miles, but this old motel sign near Clare always stands out, I think instead of all these modern signs and their fancy new graphics and digital displays they just need to go with neon, people notice that.
The Tawas lighthouse in the Tawas State Park. I was camping at the park and I wanted a pic of the lighthouse under the stars so while I was out there the rangers told me I was not supposed to be in that section of the park at night but I asked politely and they let me stay. So thank you to the rangers for the pic.
And now for something totally different, some of the waterfalls up in the UP have hydroelectric plants near them. This is the water pipe that carries water to power the plant near the Cataract Dam in the Escanaba River. It’s strange to see this enormous, pipe about 6 feet in diameter, running thru the forest, and with that hatch it looks like some sort of victorian era industrial revolution construction.
CurwoodCastle is on the bank of the ShiawaseeRiver in Owosso. It was built by author James Oliver Curwood for a writing studio. How cool is that he could have built an ordinary building but he built his own castle and you know what they say the pen is mightier than the sword. And even better than building a castle, after his death he willed it to the people of Owosso. While I was there I also went for a walk downtown Owosso, what a nice historic place to visit, but those are pics for another day.
and yes some photoshopping was involved in the making of this pic