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Vacation 2016 Part 2

Well Part 1  covered our first two days exploring/vacationing in the U.P of Michigan.  On day three we ventured out towards Gladstone and Escanaba.

Our first stop was in Gladstone where we took in the harbor before heading over towards Escanaba where we saw our third lighthouse of our vacation.

Sand Point Light, Escanaba, MI

Sand Point Light, Escanaba, MI

Next we ventured out into the country side to see what was around.  We followed a number of signs for a store and after about 10 or so miles we found the small country store which sold decorations made by local artists.  After chatting with the store owner for a bit and making a purchase we continued our adventures though the country side of Delta County and ended up at Escanaba River Dam #1 (Boney Falls Dam).  It was a very unique hydroelectric dam in how it was constructed using the existing rock as part of the spillway.

Escanaba River Dam #1 (Boney Falls Dam)

Escanaba River Dam #1 (Boney Falls Dam)

At the end of our third day (i.e. night) I found the sky to be cloudless and no wind, so I decided to try my hand again at star trails given there was little to no light pollution.  I don’t have a timer remote (hint to my wife).  So I just did one long 20 min exposure instead of stacking multiple images (multiple short exposures keeps the sensor from overheating).  The result was pretty neat.

Star Trails taken on the beach of the cottage we rented.  The north star is the star that is stationary.

Star Trails taken on the beach of the cottage we rented.  The north star is the star that is stationary.

Since I was out enjoying the stars (and waiting for the 20 min exposure to finish), I seen the Milky Way was quite visible.  So while making my star trail photograph, I did a quick Google search to see how to capture the Milky Way.  I made a few different photographs and they looked pretty good on camera, but upon further review when we got home I noticed some star movement.  Oh well, I am still happy with my first attempt.

Can't eat this Milky Way.

Can't eat this Milky Way.

After trying star photography for my second time, I was pleased with my results and I can’t wait to go out again.

Thanks for taking time to read my blog and keep an eye out for the next installment of our adventures of the U.P. of Michigan.

Regards,

David

Vacation 2016 Part 1

My wife and I take a larger vacation every other year.  Last year we went to Mississippi and the Gulf coast so this year we stayed closer to home and decided to go explore the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan.  I have only been there once, briefly, about nine years ago for a wedding and we have talked about spending some time in the U.P. so this was the year.  Also on this trip we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Let’s just say that this trip was awesome!!  Both my wife and I loved the time we spent together in the U.P. and we did not want to come home.

For our first night of our trip we stayed in St. Ignace before heading towards the cottage we rented for the week on Little Bay de Noc (near Rapid River, MI).   Here are some photos of the first few days of our adventures around the U.P.

Wawatam Lighthouse, St. Ignace, MI

Wawatam Lighthouse, St. Ignace, MI

Mackinac Bridge or some call it the "Mighty Mac" taken from a park on the northwest side of the bridge. 

Mackinac Bridge or some call it the "Mighty Mac" taken from a park on the northwest side of the bridge. 

Cut River Bridge on U.S. 2.

Cut River Bridge on U.S. 2.

Underside - Cut River Bridge

Underside - Cut River Bridge

Staircase - Seul Choix Light, MI

Staircase - Seul Choix Light, MI

Seul Choix Light, MI

Seul Choix Light, MI

Sunset - Peninsula Point Light, MI  Yea, I got a little artistic with this one.

Sunset - Peninsula Point Light, MI

Yea, I got a little artistic with this one.

I so want to share more from the first few days of our adventures in the U.P., but I don't want to flood you all at once.  For my next blog I will share some more of our adventures.  If have any comments on my photographs, please feel free to leave them below.  Also if you would like to purchase any of them, please let me know.  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and view my photographs,

Thanks,

David