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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Prickett Dam: Part THREE of three...

This is Part Three of a three-part series of pictures I took at drained Prickett Dam, near Baraga, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

We arrived there, in anticipation of taking some autumn photos of the "lake" with colored trees surrounding it, and to my delight, the dam was drained (for repairs) and had hundreds of old tree stumps and tangled roots to photograph. I took over a hundred photos, but have only bored you :-} with three blogposts full of them.

So today, enjoy the final in the series of photos I took at the drained dam!:


I loved how the bottom of this tree root swirled round and round into the bottom of the dam's floor:

And this pair. Stuck next to each other under the water for eternity:




This section of the dam still had a little water left in it, but you can see far in the landscape that there were many, many tree stumps in it:



This must have been a majestic tree before it was cut down. It's roots reminds me of snakes going into the water:



I decided this was one of my favorite tree roots. The size and entanglements were amazing!:














Loved the color in the background and the starkness of the dam:







The cat-tails were alive and green in this barren environment:







Tipping over in desolation:








Roots reaching out for life:


I hope you enjoyed this three-part series as much as I enjoyed discovering this place and sharing it with all of you.
The neat thing about hiking or taking a ride in the woods is that you never know what wildlife or treasures you might find to photograph.
Not only do you find peace and tranquility and a way to become close again with nature, but you can find things that many others never get to see.
I hope my experiences that I share with you enriches your day as much as it does ours when we go out there...

25 comments:

Wanda said...

Enjoyed the series of Prickett Dam photos Joan...why do I feel like I just said a few bad words? :) Anyway, the first stump looks like a giant squid and it's so odd to see so many stumps at one place...thanks for the photos!

L. D. Burgus said...

That can't be a very deep lake as one can see the shoreline of trees over there. The trees must stick up out of the water. It is a strange sight.

Sara said...

I love these trees, I have never seen trees look like this before

wendyytb said...

Thank you for posting these pics! They are amazing!

Alan Burnett said...

What wonderful shots. So I assume that the dam is a flooded valley or something similar. How long have those roots been under there?

DJan said...

Well yes, I truly enjoyed the trip through the bottom of the dam. You can only wonder at what it looked like before the dam, though...

The Retired One said...

Wanda: It does look like a squid! :-}

L.D.: Actually, when the water is in it, very few wood tops stick out of the water.

Sara: yes, it looks like another planet, doesn't it?

Wendytb: no, thank YOU for coming to my blog and enjoying it and leaving comments! It means a LOT.

Alan: I don't know how old this dam is, I will have to look into the history of it.

DJan: It has been a dam for as long as we remember, so I don't know if anyone remembers that land before the dam was there.

Eva Gallant said...

All I can say is wow!

Ratty said...

It's as if you've discovered the forgotten forest of Atlantis. I keep waiting for a magic word to bring it all back to life, just like in a fantasy story.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

These pictures are amazing! Did you ever mention why there are so many stumps there?

Shelley said...

These are wonderful too! Nice series of the Dam! (I feel like I'm swearing too - ha,ha!)

Bernie said...

I am still giggling over Wanda's comment.....I too have enjoyed this series very much....you have access to so many beautiful and unusual places and I thank you for sharing them with all of us, you are a dear....luv ya....:-) Hugs

Sue said...

You said it perfectly-the desolation!! It's such a contrast from the greenery on shore and the sheer lack of color where the water had been. I loved this series-thank you!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

That first tree looks like an old floor mop with its roots swirling in one direction.

Brian Miller said...

these trees are so cool...almost like abstrat art molded by a potter's hands...

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

I love them roots. And you know , I'm rooting for you!!!Well done!

The Retired One said...

Eva: That is what I said when we pulled up there and saw it drained!

Ratty: It did feel mystical when we were there...like it was fantasy or something.

Catherine: What I think happened is that it was regular forest land and they dam'd it up. The water then filled the land and killed the trees and the tree tops fell off, leaving only stumps under the water.

Shelley: Oh, the damn dam? ha

Bernie: And YOU are a dear for being such a faithful reader and commenter..you keep me motivated to continue to go out and explore and take more photos. Luv ya!

Sue: I loved it there too...thanks so much for reading the blog and making such nice comments, it means so much!

Lynn: Floor mop? What's a floor mop?
(Just kidding!) It DOES look like one of those old rope floor mops...good analogy!

Brian: True enough!! I felt that way..each one of the twisted, knotted tree roots were a unique piece of art to me.

Keats: Rooting for you...hahahabwahhhaaa....

Jientje said...

Yes, I enjoyed it. It looks eerie, but it's most certainly something I've never seen before, and probably never will see again either! Great series!!

The Retired One said...

Jientje: Thanks so much..so glad you liked them.

ashley folkema said...

Seriously awesome! :)

The Retired One said...

Ashley: Thanks so much!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I really enjoyed your stumps..very artistic aren't they! Sometimes it is amazing what is covered with water:)

The Retired One said...

Far Side: Yes, they were all works of art to me! I always wonder when we are fishing what is under the depths..and now, after seeing THIS, I will really wonder!

Anonymous said...

Hello - Your pictures are beautiful. I googled the name of this dam and found your pictures.........My son is a student at MTU and he went to that lake with two friends to go fishing today! They were as surprised as you were! His friend had his camera with him and also took some incredible shots. He took pictures of the water running under the open dam too........ He posted them on facebook and when I saw them I called my son to ask him about it. My son didn't know too much -- just that they found out it was being repaired. They did, however, come home with A LOT of nice fishing lures that they found in all the tangles!

I found your pictures when I was looking for more info so I wanted to tell you how nicely your shots turned out. I will tell my son to look at your pics too. Thank you for posting!
Mary Ann

The Retired One said...

Anonymous (Maryann): What a coincidence! I welcome your son to look at the photos and to leave comments too.
My husband remarked when we were there that he bet there were a lot of fishing lures to be found. ha
To be there and see the drained dam was quite remarkable...almost spooky...but VERY cool! I would be interested in seeing his photos, too!
Thanks for sharing this information with me.
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