Often times when planning a trip, as photographers, we have in mind, one image that is a driving force for the adventure, especially when we are familiar with the location from past experience. This was that image for me and had I got only this 4x5 negative exposed, I would have felt the mission accomplished. The first day had too much sun for picture making and too much wind (the pinhole would have been a parachute on the tripod). Sunday morning, however, was perfect in every way. When standing looking out at the bay, dotted with rotted pilings, the entire village of historic buildings from the iron ore smelting community of Fayette are at your back. It is just breath taking, and if you come, I recommend early winter or spring, when the tourists are gone. They get less than one quarter of the snow we get in the western UP, so I will be going back for a weekend with the Intrepid 4x5 to shoot, cross country ski (there are trails in the park) and snowshoe. Everything here at Rauhallinen Farm in Ironwood Township is covered with snow now and it appears winter is here to stay from now until May.
“Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.”
― Sylvia Plath