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The "other" Grand Marais...

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The wife and I spent this past weekend in the U.P. of Michigan for a wedding in Pictured Rocks national lakeshore. Simply beautiful! We will be headed back in the future.

We finally sprung for a "nice" camera this spring, after the point and shoot went for a swim in the root river last fall, and we had/have 3 weddings this spring/summer. We ended up getting a Pentax K20D. I really like it so far, but we are still learning all the buttons and dials...

Let me know what you think- Travis

A deer we saw while out for a cruise- We actually missed our turn and drove 4 miles down a "road"(I use that term loosely) and came across the deer. It had a tiny fawn that couldn't have been more than a few days old with her, but between the terrain and me trying to use autofocus I didn't get a good shot of the little one.


This is the little diner in town. Fantastic food, and everything was made from scratch.


Looking east from the log slide lookout back towards Grand Marais at the Grand Sable Dunes. They are ~300' vertical tall from the shoreline.


Wife took a picture of me standing on the compacted sand beach. It was like a soft stone, and had really cool coloring and patterns in places.


Looking upstream at Sable Falls west of Grand Marais


Au Sable Point Light Station


Looking West from the log slide lookout towards Au Sable Light Station on Au Sable Point


One of the dozens of shipwrecks in the area. Much of the water near shore is shallow(6' or less) and has a hard jagged bottom causing many ships to sink near Au Sable Point


Sunset on Lake Superior from east end of Grand Marais up on top of the hill.


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Those are great. I really like the shipwreck. That must have been a cool sight to see up close.

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Really nice pics Travis. I shot Pentax film cameras for 25 years and a Ds for a year and a half. They make a great camera and the glass is top notch, especially the portrait length lenses! I like that ship wreck shot as well, that is cool.

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Nice shots, we are heading to the UP the end of the month to visit some friends by Escanaba. Hopefully I'll have a little time to take some pics.

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Great shots Travis, we will be heading that way on the 19th to spend a week in Munising,MI. Going to explore the Pictured Rocks

lakeshore with my son, wife and me spent time up there in 95 before my son came along. Love it up there.

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