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Au Sable Point LH Aug 25-05

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Postby TenofHearts12 » Tue Oct 04, 2005 2:58 pm


After Grand Marais and a visit to Au Sable Falls, it was time for Au Sable Point LH; little did I know that the walk to-from and taking pics outside while I was there would turn out to be "The Lighthouse From Hell." I'm referring to the swarms of flies who delighted in harassing and feasting upon my person :lol:

This begs the question as to what did the people who were stationed at this light ages ago do to protect themselves from these winged assasins and before Deep Woods Off (Which I never will go back without a can)? Anybody know what home concoctions or what have you that was used back then to ward off the flies? By the way, what was strange to me was that this was the ONLY location that day or during are whole time in the Upper P that we had trouble with any kinds of insects. Crisp Point the next day was "bothersome" as to flies but not even remotely close to Au Sable. Ok, enough whining :wink: enjoy.

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In the lantern room and not sure if you can tell but the windows were all covered with sheets to avoid starting a fire from the Sun hitting the prisms.
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Looking East from the lantern room.
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Goodbye Au Sable Lord of the Flies :-)
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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:55 pm


What a beautiful view from the lantern room, and talk about great weather. You guys were so lucky.

I have been told to avoid mosquitos, put a scented dryer sheet in your pocket and the scent drives them away. Never tried it though.
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Postby WisKeeper » Tue Oct 04, 2005 8:10 pm


Nice day, Wonderful photos!

It is very difficult to prevent black flies from biting, especially when there are lots of them, but there are several things you can try to reduce their bites.

Black flies are attracted to mammals by the carbon dioxide and moisture in exhaled breath, dark colors, convection currents, perspiration, perfumes, toiletries, etc.

Black flies love fragrances and scented sweat. So first of all don't wear any of those scented deoderants and other scented personal products. Clothes washed in scented detergents also attract them. I would avoid those scented dryer sheets too. I have had personal experience with this. There were two people walking to Big Sable - the black flies swarmed all over the person wearing scented products and left the person wearing nonscented products alone.

Wear white or brightly colored clothing, which is less attractive to the flies than dark-colored clothing. Cover up bare skin with shoes, socks, long sleeves shirts, long pants, and hats. You can also try wearing a nylon head net, similar to a bee keepers veil. You can find them in outdoor stores and gardening catalogs.

Repellents offer some relief depending on the individual, species of fly, temperature, humidity, time of day, etc. There are times that flies will bite regardless of the repellent and concentration used. Protection sometimes lasts for two to two and half hours. The use of insect repellents, such as those with DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are not consistently effective but may provide some relief. Products containing a moderate amount of DEET (35%-60%) are as effective as those with a high content (90%-95%).

I have heard that a thin film of fuel oil smeared over the outer surface traps flies in the oil, giving the wearer much protection. I am not sure that it would be very enjoyable wearing fuel oil, but it is a theory. I think I would rather wear heavy bolting cloth than fuel oil on my skin.

Another solution - visit the lighthouse in mid-to late Fall after the temperature has dropped, in the winter or early spring!
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Postby buster » Tue Oct 04, 2005 9:25 pm


Great photos,Thanks :)
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Postby Hersh » Tue Oct 04, 2005 10:33 pm


I'm getting more and more jealous of your trip every time you make another post. This last set has got to be my favorite so far. Mainly because I love the Poe designed towers, and this is one I've yet to visit. You had pretty much perfect conditions (except for the flies) too.

Thanks again for sharing.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Oct 05, 2005 8:50 am


Beautiful shots! I am also a big fan of Poe's architectual detailing,
which you captured quite well. Thanks for the nice photo tour!

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Postby Jen » Wed Oct 05, 2005 1:55 pm


Gerald, lovely shots. The one that really got me was the view from the lantern room - been out there three times and always off season, so I've never been inside. What a VIEW!!! And as I mentioned in my previous posting some time back, which you didn't read until after your return, I also got into those darn flies...what really stunk was that I got all the way out there and realized all my memory cards for the camera were with my friend, who had turned around. It was late afternoon and the sun on the lighthouse was amazing...I will never forget it. Certainly learned my lesson on that one.
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Postby TenofHearts12 » Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:44 am


Thanks, Folks :-)

And thanks Suzanne for the info as to my friends the flies :-). I plan on getting up to Wisconsin one of these years so I was wondering if those demon flies are a problem there?
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