August 9, 2010

Afternoon and evening light on the Apostle Islands.

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14 comments:

Class factotum said...

The smoked fish from the La Pointe grocery store run by the retired lit professor is really good. Get the brown sugar trout.

k*thy said...

A great place for kayaking...to the islands and into the sand caves.

MadisonMan said...

The Apostles are just perfect. Love picking blueberries at a Farm that overlooks Lake Superior (I think all the farms do). Don't remember the farm's name, though.

Hooray for the beach at the Town Park on Madeline Is, too.

Copper Falls is nearby. Very cool.

El Pollo Real said...

Here's Lawrence Martin writing in 1965 in his The Physical Geography of Wisconsin:

These islands, more than 24 in number, seem to have acquired their name when there were thought to be only twelve islands.

Despite the apparent error in counting their numbers, the Apostles have a remarkable existence:

The conditions here are especially favorable for the glacial cleaning out of the sandstone and shale-filled rift valley. The sediments are weak, while the igneous and metamorphic rocks of the enclosing walls are resistant. The ice of the continental therefore, moved freely through the lowland and eroded much more deeply than if there had been no weak sediments to be removed from the buried rift valley.

Though made of sandstone, the Islands lie atop solid pre-Cambrian bedrock:

They are made up of comparatively weak sandstone and might be thought to represent hilltops between preglacial valleys. Glacial erosion seems to have deepened and widened channels between the islands, to have eroded hilltops--now island crests--and to have modified the region sufficiently so that the preglacial drainage pattern is completely lost. It is, therefore, apparent that the ice sculpture was much more effective in the weak sandstone rift valley than upon the resistant rocks of the bordering escarpments.

Calypso Facto said...

I hope you detour(ed?) to Bayfield to get up close and personal with the Apostles from a sailboat.

veni vidi vici said...

They look pretty apostate to me.

veni vidi vici said...

Why quote Lawrence Martin when Martin Lawrence would be funnier?


Oh, and by the way: free shawerma for all.

Carry on, carrion.

Lynne said...

By far the most peaceful and memorable part of my visit to my parents this year was our trip to Blennerhasset Island in the Ohio River. I think there's something about these non-tropical, non-oceanic islands that is just magical and soothing. They're like little worlds unto themselves, just in sight of the mainland.

El Pollo Real said...

veni vidi vici wrote: Why quote Lawrence Martin when Martin Lawrence would be funnier

Why go by the slogan of a mere cigarette when that of a cigar would make you seem more manly and democratic?

El Pollo Real said...

vvv wrote: They look pretty apostate to me.

You mean in a stand-offish sort of way vs a sentforth sort of way.

It's all Greek to me.

Triangle Man said...

Which boat has the right-of-way?

Quaestor said...

I really like the composition in the second photo. It's one of the best shots you've posted here.

El Pollo Real said...

I really like the composition in the second photo. It's one of the best shots you've posted here.

Me too. The colors and background remind me of that famous Gericault painting in the Louvre: linkage

El Pollo Real said...

I really like the composition in the second photo. It's one of the best shots you've posted here.

Me too. The background and colors in the second one reminded me of that famous Gericault painting hanging in the Louvre