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Bare Bluff - Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

 
Bare Bluff - Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

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Created/Edited: Feb 25, 2010 / Feb 25, 2010

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Grinnell Memorial Nature Sanctuary

This is the trailhead on Smith Fisheries Road.
Trail Head
 


A new sign marks the beginning of the official loop. "Medical Rescue is Difficult."
Trail sign/map
 


Paul is looking at a random ice falls that we happened upon.
Ice Falls
 


Mount Houghton can be see in the distance.
Mount Houghton
 


One finds a nice view from the top - looking east towards Fish Cove.
Fish Cove
 


The sun was reflecting off the quasi-frozen lake in a strange manner.
Sun reflecting off Lake Superior
 

Sun reflecting off Lake Superior 2
 


More of Fish Cove
pan
 

Fish Cove 2
 

Fish Cove 3
 

And you can see the Smith Fisheries building far away.
Fish Cove 4 - With Smith Fisheries
 


There are strange patterns in the ice.
funny patterns on the ice
 


There's me.
Fish Cove 5
 


The rock that sticks out from the snow is quite striking - Rhyolite I believe.
Rock 2
 


Then we started down the bluff toward the shore of Lake Superior. We walked by an icicle that had a crazy high tannin-content.
icicle
 


Believe it or not, this is part of the marked trail. It seems to be a frozen stream, at about a 45 degree angle, going through brush and under trees.
hard trail
 


we made our way down to the lakeshore. Note the interesting patterns on the water. There was a very thin layer of wet slushy ice covering the water; but in certain areas, the water hadn't soaked through the ice, so the snow on top is bright white.
Lakeshore 2
 

Lakeshore 3
 

Lakeshore 5
 

Lakeshore 6
 

Lakeshore 7
 


The ice we were standing on was actually a platform of ice about six inches over the water. So I got on my belly to get some photos of what was underneath.
air pocket under the ice
 

air pocket under the ice 2
 


Here's some more shots of the icy bay and the rest of the shoreline we saw on the way out.
ice on the bay
 

the bay
 

the bay 2
 

shoreline
 



For more info, see the nice official brochure below, followed by a good description on a website about the Keweenaw Peninsula:

http://www.michigannature.org/home/sancts/grinnell/grinnell_brochure.pdf

http://www.kewtrav.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43&catid=43&Itemid=2

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KRomanIVMount Houghton

KRomanIV

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So my capstone project sampled the 80 acres on the west base of Mount Houghton. Use to be a real nice area (until they cleared it)... Nice photos though. Those icicles with the high tannin content were interesting.
Posted Feb 25, 2010 8:18 pm

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