The Western UP was beleaguered by torrential downpours for three days that resulted in flash floods and severe road damage. Without knowing that the Keweenaw was also victimized, I traveled there Sunday to photograph, only to find that my access to many intended locations was blocked by fire trucks. Many of the highways were washed out with pavement ripped apart. Lake Linden, where I usually eat lunch at Lindells, was completely closed. To top the day off, when I got home and developed my two rolls of Ilford FP4+, I had many blank frames-a sign of intermittent shutter failure. As the Rolleiflex 3.5F has not been serviced in likely many years, today it is on its way to Paul Ebel Lens Services in Menominee, WI for a complete clean, lube, and adjust. It will be at least a three month wait, as Mr Ebel, like the few other Rolleiflex capable technicians remaining in the USA, is backlogged with work. I purchased the T recently for backup, not realizing I would need it so quickly.
The rain was great the the lawns and gardens, and I don't remember everything this large and green so early. One bluebird and one wren family are occupying two of the four bird houses and doing well. The construction involving laying new water pipe from the pump station to Ironwood, which started last fall is done. They plowed and reseeded the area behind the backyard fence that had been dug up and soon perennial rye will emerge, making the deer happy.