Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak
"Spacious Skies"

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Attack of "The Flies" Suspense/Horror at Crisp Point

Crisp Point Lighthouse is located on the deserted shore of Lake Superior, just 37 miles north of Newberry, Michigan.  The Lighthouse is considered one of the most inaccessible and lonely mainland lighthouses in the Upper Peninsula and can be reached by taking a narrow country road through the Lake Superior State Forest.  It is a very long drive of endless woods and it is completely isolated from civilization.  When I got out of my car, flies started swarming around my legs, I started walking toward the lighthouse, the flies keep coming until there were at least a hundred or more, biting and attacking my arms and legs.  I had to run into the lighthouse to fight them off.  They did not like the cool air inside and did not enter the lighthouse but attacked me again as soon as I went back outside.  It was surreal like "The Birds" a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock except this movie would be called "The Flies".  I had to run to the car and jump in and close the windows and kill the ones that came inside with my bare hands.  The inside windows and my hands were covered in "fly blood".  I had hundreds of fly bits on my legs and arms and was lucky to escape.  The pictures of the park look serene and peaceful but the flies are hidden and lurking in the trees and brushes.  Woe to those who visit Crisp Point without powerful "Bug Off"!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Gitche Gumee...Never Gives up Her Dead"

Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, Paradise Michigan.  The Chippewa tribe called Lake Superior "Gitche Gumee 'never gives up her dead" due to so many shipwrecks, lack of recovery and the mystery of what happened.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Mountain Goblin "Riddle in the Dark"

What has a root
that never grows?
Headless and cannot be heard,
What once was
can no longer be,
It lies beneath the sun,
the stars and moon,
With hallow legs in stillness hold,
Has arms that reach out to touch
but cannot feel?

Whitefish Point - Graveyard of Shipwrecks

The lighthouse marks the end of an 80 mile stretch of shoreline known as Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast.  The beach was covered in debris of old wrecked ships. 6,000 shipwrecks and over 30,000 lives lost in the deep turbulent waters of the great lake region.

Forest Trunks huge and gnarled

"The forest trunks were huge and gnarled...branches twisted, their leaves were dark and dangling in the wind.  The land slope up and up and there was silence all around.  Continue Tale of "A Hobbit Adventure in America" a Tale in Photography.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Dark Murky Waters and Alligator Eyes

The alligator is starring at me but there is a pair of eyes starring at the alligator beneath the water.    The water is reflecting an owl from a nearby wooden post.  Interesting pair of eyes.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Storm Clouds Gathering at Shadow Mountain-A Colorado "Black Sky"

These are raw images of storm clouds gathering over Shadow Mountain and Grand Lake. Shadow Mountain is an appropriate name for the darkness and chilly winds.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Garden of the Gods - "Dungeons Deep And Caverns Old"

"For Over the misty mountains cold
To Dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To find our long-forgotten Gold."
(The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rocky Mountains - A "Hobbit" Adventure

While visiting the Rocky Mountains, I read "The Hobbit" and all the adventures of Bilbo, Thorin and the Dwarves.  The Rockies were full of the same exciting scenery and awesomeness as the places traveled on Thorin's Map. I could write my own tale of bears, elks, eagles, moose, wild fires, roaring winds, rain, lightening and thundering mountains :).  Let the tale begin.......