January 21, 2014 7:20 a.m.
Road down Rib Mountain.
Sometimes when you say good morning to the world...
The World says "Good Morning" back.
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That is stunning !
I had a camera that let the light in like that.
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I'll get the specs to both in a bit.
Looks a bit slippery.
"Moon Set Lincoln County Wisconsin, January 31, 2014"
Canon EOS T3 with EF70-200mm f/4L USM len at 200mm for for 1/8 second at 1600 ISO. On a tripod.
Still enjoying the commute?
Sounds wonderful, Manitowish Waters, I wonder how the name came about. Sounds almost like a scene from Deliverance without the "home boys".
Taken just outside of "downtown Manitowish Waters"
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The Lake Superior Chippewa Indians were the first people to have an impact on this beautiful area. Establishing a camp on the east shore of Manitowish Lake, they made sugar, fished, raised corn, picked berries and buried their dead in the area.
In 1860, government officials established township boundaries and noticed the valuable timber resources and chain of lakes convenient for floating logs to sawmills. By 1884, canoe flotillas looking for timber had established the first white settlements in what is now Manitowish Waters, and in 1887-1888 the dam was built to hold chain waters for logging and river driving.
In 1927, the Town of Spider Lake was officially established; it was renamed Manitowish Waters in 1940. Then, in 1946, cranberry farming began around Wild Rice Lake, establishing what is now a significant business in Manitowish Waters. Five cranberry marshes operate along Alder Lake Road and Cranberry Boulevard.
Manitowish Waters recently made headlines with the Universal Studios production of Public Enemies (released July 1, 2009, starring Johnny Depp) involving historic Little Bohemia Lodge and John Dillinger’s 1934 shoot-out with the FBI.
Today, the Manitowish Waters area is the ideal spot to “get away from it all.” Located in Northwestern Vilas County in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, Manitowish Waters is known for its quiet, less stressful surroundings perfect for a family vacation, reunion, romantic getaway, hunting or fishing excursion, or leisure day trip. With a year ’round population of roughly 700, Manitowish Waters sees quite an increase throughout the seasons from a combination of seasonal residents, second home owners and vacationers.
Are the Chippewa still there? Isn't Manito the name of an Indian spirit ?
The Ojibwe Band has several reservations in Wisconsin, one about 20 miles from Minocqua.
Manitou are the spirit beings of Algonquian groups of Native Americans. This spirit is seen as a contactable person as well as an idea. Everything has its own manitou—every plant, every stone, even machines.
The term was already widespread at the time of European contact. In 1585 when Thomas Harriot recorded the first glossary of an Algonquian language, Roanoke (Pamlico), he included the word mantóac meaning "gods" (with a plural ending). Similar terms were found in nearly all of the Algonquian languages.
In some Algonquian traditions, the term Gitche Manitou is used to refer to a Great Spirit or supreme being. The term was similarly adopted by some Anishnaabe Christian groups such as the Ojibwe to refer to the monotheistic God of Abrahamic tradition by extension, often due to missionary syncretism. However, the term has analogues dating back before European contact, and the word uses of Gitche and Manitou would have been precontact.
In the shamanistic traditions the manitous (or manidoog or manidoowag) are connected to achieve a desired effect, like plant manitous for healing or the buffalo manitou for a good hunt. In the Anishinaabeg tradition manidoowag are one aspect of the Great Connection. Related terms used by the Anishinaabeg are manidoowish for small animal manidoowag and manidoons for insects; both terms mean "little spirit". In some Algonquian languages such as Iynu (Montagnais) the word manituw refers to underwater creatures to whom hunters offered tobacco in order to appease them when traveling through their territories.
The name of the Canadian province of Manitoba, named after Lake Manitoba in the province, derives from the place name manitou-wapow, "strait of the Manitou" in Cree or Ojibwe, referring to the strange sound of waves crashing against rocks near The Narrows of the lake. In Manitoba there are the petroforms of Whiteshell Provincial Park, and the Anishinabe Midewiwin refer to an area there as Manitou Ahbee. The petroforms are symbols made with rocks, and they serve as reminders of the instructions that have been given to the Anishinabe by the Creator. The Midewiwin, or Grand Medicine Society, are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. To them, the area containing the petroforms is Manito Ahbee, the place where God sits. It is the site where the original Anishinabe was lowered from the sky to the ground by the Creator.
Manitoulin Island means "spirit island". This island is considered very important to the Ojibway, or Anishinaabe, with many sacred sites and sounding rocks. There is still a high population of native peoples on the island today.
The Fox Indians believed that the manitou dwelled in the stones of the sweat lodge. On heating the stove, the heat of the fire made manitou to come out from its place in the stones. Then it proceeds out of the stones when water is sprinkled on them. It comes out in the steam and enters the body. It moves all over inside the body, driving out everything that inflicts pain. Before the manitou returns to the stone, it imparts some of its nature to the body. That is why one feels so well after having been in the sweat lodge.
Wow - thanks, Redwolf !
From Loop Around The Lake Saturday in Minocqua.
The bonfire was built on the frozen surface of Lake Minocqua.
How long does it last before it melts through?
Little park in Merrill along the Prairie River just after sunrise.
Canon 40D with 24-135mm IS lens
1/2500 at F10
Handheld (Was in the middle of the street).
Lovely. The summer journeys will seem like a breeze by comparison.
Northeast of Manitowish Waters, 5:11 p.m.
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Thanks for the EXIF info Jamie, must get out a bit and take some piccies of "Down Under"
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"Big Arbor Vitae Lake at Sunset"
Canon 40D 70-200 f4 at 70mm f7.1 1/2500 at 400 ISO
How beautiful !
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Trumpeter Swans on Bear River, Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation, Northern Wisconsin, Last Day of Winter.
Our "designated photographer" at the paper, who is a member of the Lac du Flambeau tribe, told me where to find these guys. There is also supposedly a bunch of river otters in the same general area but I was on my way to cover a meeting, but just HAD to see this flock of wild swans before they moved on to the remote lakes and stuff to nest.
Bald Eagles are starting to move inland as the rivers open up.
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And yes, he was HUGE!
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Is it wearing a wig?
I luuuuurve the Eagles. Have a few piccies for my desktop.
April 1, 2014
Nope, didn't see anything interesting on the commute home.
(Immature Bald Eagle feasting on a road kill deer)
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The drive must be getting easier.
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April 2, 2014: Nope, didn't see anything interesting on my commute home today.
River Otters on Lake Flambeau
Reminds me of Chicken Tarka Marsala.
Oh what a hard life you have RW, are you still enjoying your new job!
Too nasty on the way home to do anything other than watch for deer in the road.
Here's anotter from yesterday.
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