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Monday, November 29, 2010

Big Splashes!

If you live anywhere near Lake Superior,
every November
your thoughts turn
to the horror of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

So many men lost their lives during this
awful shipwreck accident...
our November's are notorious for high winds
and freezing temps.

The deaths those men experienced must have been unbearable.

Right around this anniversary,
I was out with my camera
when the lake had high, high winds.

That always makes for dramatic photos of the lake and its tall whitecaps....

Here are some waves crashing on shore:

And, definite evidence
of an approaching Lake Superior storm:

Waves crashing against the breakwater to the lighthouse:

A black and white of the rolling whitecaps:

There is this little log home on a point by the lighthouse
that I have always loved:

And the waves were crashing right in his front yard!:

I hope you have a calmer day
and that your December Christmas shopping 
isn't full of gale winds and stress!!

Just a few days left, PEOPLE!

Enter the November FREE PHOTO CONTEST 
by midnight, NOV. 30th.

The theme is: CLOUDS!!!
You don't have to be a blogger to enter, but you do have to become a FOLLOWER 
of my blog to enter....

however, you CAN enter a photo that you have posted before on your own blog, if you have one.


Gaston Studio said...

These photos are evidence of why I have such respect for large lakes, seas and oceans Joan; those bodies of water have such power!

Alan Burnett said...

I am always surprised by your pictures of the Lakes that show such high waves - for some reason you don't expect them. I was equally surprised a few weeks ago when I sailed across the Atlantic and there were no real waves - it was as calm as a "lake".

DJan said...

Yes, these waves are definitely bringing in a storm! I hope you got my picture for the contest. Let me know if it didn't come through.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful pictures of the waves, Joan..... Since I'm not a 'shopper' and since I don't like crowds, I don't find shopping in December as very much fun. Think I'll just sit by the ocean and watch the waves!!!!!! ha


Eva Gallant said...

You can almost feel how cold that water is in the black and white photos!

Bossy Betty said...

Beautiful! I could almost hear the crashes!

James said...

Beautiful and amazing! It's like an ocean.

Brian Miller said...

wow. love the explosions against the break water and the rocks...sad about the shipwreck...

Cathy Clementz said...

BRRRRR!!!! Those look cold!!!! I bet you had tears in your eyes from the cold and the wind!

Loree said...

It's hard for me to believe that that's a lake. Beautiful photos of waves and storms. After a rainy and cool October, November decided that we needed to warm up again and it has felt more like spring than autumn.

Sandra said...

i would have guessed atlantic ocean waves, had no idea they got this big. beauitufl coastline

~mel said...

That is a powerful lake ~ and a cold one too. Isn't it amazing to see it in November getting all churned up then come December and January it freezes. It just amazes me how ice can even form on such moving waters. I vividly remember the day of the Edmund Fitzgerald's demise ~ and the radio broadcast between Captain Anderson and the coast guard trying to find that ship in the big storm. It was a sad day when the Big Lake Gitcheegoomie made it's claim.

That little log house is so close to the shoreline! I bet they hear the waves at night!! That place must have been there a long time; because I don't think they'll let you build that close anymore. I wish I could find a place like that... one that's been grandfathered by all the by laws that are enforced now days. Thanks for sharing!

Grandmother said...

Do you know the song about the "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"? A haunting folk song.

Ryan said...

I wouldn't fancy manning that old lighthouse!!

Pat Tillett said...

except for the absence of salt water, large lakes are much like the ocean...
great photos Joan!

Bernie said...

Love these Joan, and I remember when the Edmund Fitzgerald went down....even the song touches me and my husband loved it.....:-)Hugs


Beautiful photos, but brrrr that watwer looks cold! Have a great day !

Far Side of Fifty said...

Great wave action! I remember when that happened back in the 1970s and I have always loved Gordon Lightfoots song..he is a heck of a singer! Wonderful photos:)

Grandma K said...

I just found your blog. I love the pictures because I love your part of the world. Thank you.

Shelley said...

I visited the shipwreck museum before in the UP - so fascinating and interesting. The Edmund Fitzgerald was such a tragic story. Really enjoyed your photos showing the power and beauty of the waves.

L. D. Burgus said...

I didn't get to see Lake Superior this year by land but when we flew to New York City we went over most of the great lakes. You photos show the power of those waves.

SquirrelQueen said...

Whenever you show photos of the lake waves I have to remind myself I'm not looking at the ocean, the waves are just as powerful.

I remember the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald, it was so tragic.

RNSANE said...

I love living near the Pacific ( it's about a two mile drive from my door ) and its wonderful in all its moods. Stormy days are wonderful along the coast, especially with waves splashing in fury against the rocks. Your photos are wonderful. There are really no lakes close by for me to photograph but I get excellent ocean shots.

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