Monday, January 27, 2020

Lighthouse of the Week, January 19-25, 2020: Fourteen Foot Shoal, Michigan, USA

This is an interesting lighthouse -- it's a man-made island in Lake Huron, south of Bois Blanc Island, northeast of Cheboygan, directly north of Duncan Bay.  If you look at this satellite view, you can see the little white point of light north of Duncan Bay -- that's the lighthouse.

It's also slightly unusual in that it was never meant to be a manned lighthouse, but was manned temporarily.  More on this from Lighthouse Friends:
Poe Reef Lighthouse was placed in operation on August 15, 1929, but Fourteen Foot Shoal Lighthouse was not finished before the end of that shipping season and instead went into service on April 18, 1930.

The superstructure consists of a 1-story steel house rectangular in shape with sloping copper roof. A conical cast-iron tower rises from the center of this structure and houses the fog-signal diaphone and tanks as well as supporting the lantern and lighting equipment. Quarters are provided for one or two attendants. A boat crane, electrically operated, is provided on one corner of the pier.

Illuminating apparatus: The light is electric, of 11,000 candlepower, shown from a fourth-order lens in a fourth-order lantern 51 feet above water level.

Fourteen Foot Shoal Lighthouse was designed to be radio controlled from Poe Reef Lighthouse, located just four miles away, but until this system could be thoroughly proven, an observer was stationed at Fourteen Foot Shoal.
The lighthouse was purchased at auction in 2017.  The owners are restoring it, but a storm in the summer of 2019 damaged the roof.

Here are some pictures:

Travel Photographer of the Year 2019 winners

I'm backlogged a bit on some photography contests, so here's the winners of one of the good ones, the Travel Photographer of the Year 2019 contest.

(All the results are at the link.)

One of the commended results is a picture of Tre Cime Lavaredo, in the Italian Dolomites, which has probably been photographed more than a billion times.  But it's a nice picture of them.

The Daily Mail article alerted me to the announcement of the winners.

Epic mountains, a polar bear meeting a wolf and a smoking race car: The incredible winners of the 2019 Travel Photographer of the Year contest

Thursday, January 23, 2020


Well, if you didn't know he was evil, you had to at least know he IS nefarious.

Mitch McConnell pulled a 'Machiavellian' move to swing Trump's impeachment trial in his favor
"Frank Bowman, a constitutional-law professor at the University of Missouri School of Law, called McConnell's move "cynically Machiavellian" and a partisan manipulation of Senate norms and rules.

"It's not only a rush to judgment, but it is an effort to structure rules to avoid any possibility that the Republicans will have their fingerprints on the results," he told Insider.

"It's a bad joke," he said of the speedy process. "You wouldn't set a briefing schedule like that in a DUI case."
But if you're Mitch McConnell, this is a piece of cake, considering how high he has set the bar on illicit, immoral, inexcusable, incomprehensible acts.

I wish they all could be ... girls from Brazil

Alessandra Ambrosio is a marvel, and also from Brazil.

Brazil's ability to produce the top level of delectable femaleness, in the mode of slender yet curvy, sleek and elegant, made to wear lingerie, is amazing. 

Alessandra and her friend provide a demonstration.

Alessandra Ambrosio sizzles in tiny red bikini as she hits the beach back home in Brazil with friend Gisele Coria

The winter song of the lake

Yellowstone Lake "sings" in winter.  There are still places in this world where nature presides.

Sound Library - Singing Lake

Here's a view of the lake at sunset, during winter.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Let's move on up through Kentucky on Highway 41

I'm getting impatient to get to Indiana on this end-to-end StreetView trek, so here's more sights and stops on Highway 41 in Kentucky.

Main Street and Highway 41, Earlington, Kentucky, featuring a historical marker. It is entitled "Century of Coal Mining".

Legate's New, Used, and Bruised Furniture

Prairie Farms Dairy.  They have pretty trucks.

Downtown Madisonville, KY -- Highway 41 (also Main Street right here) and Center Street.

Silver Star Burgers!

Otter Creek bridge

Hanson, Kentucky

I hope she's right

Jennifer Rubin's columns in the Washington Post on impeachment are must-reads.   Here's another one.

Trump and his Republican cronies have made three big mistakes

"... the Senate and Trump have been banking on a non-trial with no new witnesses or evidence. That is how they intend to spare Trump and the Senate from the humiliation of overwhelming, persuasive evidence of the president’s guilt. The problem is that Americans overwhelmingly think this is wrong."

"The more obvious the coverup, the more that 69 percent of Americans will come to see the trial as a fraud and Trump as guilty."

Since the Republicans in the Senate are rolling over and licking Trump's privates like dogs on a beef bone, we have to hope that the worse the "trial" gets, the more people in America will be disgusted by it and vote out the dog in the White House.