and having fun playing. 7 months old on Saturday the 28th
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I'm not claustrophobic, at least I don't think so, but it sure was a weird feeling. Hard to describe. Hesitant, anxious, scared, attracted and excited all combined. So what do I call it? How about "Weird or what".
There is a side road a couple miles past Sunshine that will take you to an abandoned rail line. The rails and ties have been removed so it is just a bed of gravel. Following the old line for about a half mile will bring you to this,
It is called Flett Tunnel
And this is where Christopher and I went today.
The closer we got the stranger it felt.
We both went in but Christopher couldn't do it and had to turn back. I went about half way to take some more pictures. It certainly was a weird feeling. If your into Google Earth you can actually see the tunnel. Its like the rail bed just ends and then starts again about 600 feet away. That's the tunnel. It can be found at 16U 295204.63 E 5388253.16 N. Alternately you could enter Flett Rd, ON in the "Fly to" box and it will take you to the general area. Activate the Panoramio layer and move NE to find the photos and tunnel.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
No not tick tock, just tick. Two of them.
For the amount of time I spend in the bush I'm surprised that yesterday was the first time I've ever had a tick. I climbed over some dead fall and walked through a bit of bush but nothing compared to normal. Normal might require a gps, compass, or flag tape to get back. I certainly didn't need those yesterday. I wasn't more than 50' from the highway at any time. I removed one tick at home before it became attached and the other had to be removed from me. No ill effects so far.
I did manage to take a series of 25 pictures yesterday and combine them to create a 360 panorama. A first for me. I got to use my cheap tripod and home made pano adapter. The adapter seems to have worked well. Not exactly the greatest area for a panorama but it worked. The panorama is from the Pigeon River down along the water near the board walk. The final panorama is at https://sites.google.com/site/brianspanoramas/home/pigeon-river-2
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I went back to Pigeon River / High Falls today. Maybe even a little too far. I wanted to venture a little further up stream from Middle Falls.
So does this mean I was in the States today. The marker was definitely out in the water bed?
I could always bring a pair of bolt cutters and go for a short ride. The cable stretches across to a stand on the US side. Very well maintained. But what for?
Anyway I did manage to take some pictures of the falls and in the park.
Looking down river from above the falls
Sharp, very sharp
I even took a walk into High Falls, what a mess. I guess the cutting crew was in cleaning the trail. Lots of crap everywhere. Too much water running over the falls for taking pictures. I was at the viewing area for a couple minutes and got soaked. The mist was so heavy I didn't take my camera out. I walked down to a spot along the gorge and took the following pictures. Both pictures were taken using a neutral density ND 2 filter. The filter reduces the light to the camera allowing the shutter speed to be reduced without over exposing the picture. The result produces the flowing water.
f/10, ISO 200, 1/5th sec, focal length 18mm
f/10, ISO 200, 1/6th sec, focal length 35mm
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I took a ride to Middle Falls today to walk the trail to the look out. The lookout is above High Falls and the trail starts from the old camp ground. It is about 1.2 miles each way. From the top you can see The Canadian Border building, the bridge across the Pigeon River and Lake Superior towards Finger Point.
The little hump in the middle of this picture is the top of Finger Point about 2.2 miles away as the crow flies.
The trail to the top of Finger Point is quite exposed. Here is what it looks like from a distance.
Not the greatest picture but not too bad for 2.2 miles away!
Below is the border crossing bridge from Canada to the US. About 1 mile from where I was and some 350 feet below.
A little closer look at the bridge. Don't forget this is hand held from a mile away.
The last picture from the top is of High Falls. Where the water runs over the top anyway. I ran out of time to actually go to the falls today. Next time.
A couple of fungus pictures on the way back.
I had a visitor at lunch. I watched him make trips from under the old visitor centre to where ever and back again. After the third trip I realized he was carrying something out with each trip. I never did see what it was but I got close enough to get these pictures. I figure he was taking dead or maybe baby mice back to his hut behind the visitors centre. They looked pink in colour.
I ended my walk with a trip through the old campground to Middle Falls.
An interesting place to visit.