Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pictured Rocks

It dawned rainy and foggy and gray....   Aw heck, its supposed to be a good day for Pictured Rocks.....  What are we going to do...?

We messed around and didn't think the day would be improving any...  But the sun came out once in a while, only to go back cloudy...  Loyce wants to head on for home tomorrow...

So by noon it was now or never, so I went up town and bought tickets for the 1 PM sailing...  Pictured Rocks Wiki


 Just the beginning....
 Note that observation tower, we went back there this evening in the car...

This is Miners Castle.. Some of the original tourettes have crumbled and fallen into the lake....
Bridal Veil Falls..

I thought this violet color was striking..


 These cave ins reveal even more colors...

Looking backward from the stern of the boat....




Almost looked like it was bleeding....




Reds and oranges are from Iron deposits in the water that seeps out and stains the rock walls... Black was Manganese..





I was smitten by these arches...




A painters pallet that leaked...?


This was an Indian Chief with his head dress.  I'm not sure I saw it but perhaps you can...





These bluffs were supposed to be Battleships in a row....


The last three ships...


And see that nitche in the wall.....?  The captain said he would park the boat in there....  We all said ya sure......


He wasn't kidding us.....  but it was tight getting in.....


Looking back out of the walls from the stern, once we were parked inside...



I liked Bridal Veil Falls on the way out, and it was a little more sunny for the return trip so I pictured it again..



This light house was built in 1867 and had kerosene lantern lights until its last year of operation in 1907...  That's 146 years old...  preserved because it is so cold here much of the time....


As we were approaching the docks, the skies decided that they had cooperated with us and our little sight seeing tour long enough...  That looks very much like a wall cloud that is the start of a tornado, but none of the trailing scud had rotation or lowering, so I felt safer...  But still lets get this over with..


And remember that observation platform at miners castle.?  This is later this evening after the torrential downpour........  The tours kept right on going, but I was glad we were back on dry land....

Retired Rod


4 comments:

  1. Those rocks are just WOW. You really got some fantastic pictures. So glad you took us along on this boat ride. Safe travels.

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  2. We've been there dozens of times (we live in lower Michigan) and I never tire of the beauty of the area. Although I have yet to take the boat tour - it's on my bucket list.

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  3. Beautiful rocks! Lovely photos Rod.

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  4. That's one of the best photo arrays I've seen on any blog in a long time, Rod. Pretty amazing shots - all of them.

    That storm pic at the end looked downright scary!

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