A beautiful Friday evening in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan with temps in the low 60’s and a brisk wind. This Cedar Grove just outside of the Keweenaw Peninsula village of Eagle River serves as a designated Deer Yard during the winter for whitetail deer. It is managed by a local deer hunting organization and citizens and provides food for whitetails which will congregate here by the hundreds, at times, clogging up the main road up the western side of the peninsula. A much needed respite for these beautiful creatures that must survive some of the deepest snow and harshest temperatures that the USA has to offer. The Keweenaw quite regularly gets snowfalls averaging over 300 inches per year, like here in Ironwood.
If I can get out with some cameras this weekend, it will have to be on Sunday, as there are too many Fall chores that must be completed if the rain abates on Saturday, as indicated. When able to photograph, which occurs most often in the winter, my problem becomes which camera system to take. Riding on road trips is not a problem, as they can all come for the ride, but when packing in someplace, weight and ease of transport becomes an issue. Winter weather can also determine a format as well. Bringing the 4x5 is sometimes too punishing during times of extreme cold and wind, due to all the steps required in shooting with a large format view camera. During these times, the ease of the Hasselblad system allows for a quick setup, focus, shoot, and take down.
“I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.”
– Gilles Peress