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View from Lookout Tower

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 November 2020 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

After making the ascent up the 186 steps just to get to the Lookout Tower on Washington Island, I was terribly disappointed that there were no views to be seen as the surrounding terrain was thick with tons of trees. The lookout tower was just a few feet away from the steps that I ascended and to my surprise, I had seen a father and his son descending the lookout tower. His wife was at the base of the tower, apparently acting as a "lookout" while they were on the tower. The father said to me that the tower seemed to be OK structurally and that if there were numerous people on the tower, perhaps that would be a different story.

The woman told me that she would give me a yodel if people (or park ranger) were approaching the tower if I wanted to go up. The tower had a 2 x 10 nailed across the base of the stairs and I crawled underneath and ascended the stairs to the top of the tower. After getting up to the top, I felt exposed and that I might be seen by park rangers at the top. So I quickly took a series of photos and then descended. As you can see in the bottom corner, there is a road there and I feared I might be spotted. It would have been nice to see this view in the autumn months.

Photo captured August 17, 2020.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 100 18 mm

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Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

OH YAY!!! You did get to go all the way up - and what a wonderful view... you were rewarded for your courage!!

24 Nov 2020 5:10am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Jolie vue avec tout ce vert.

24 Nov 2020 5:16am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe vue

24 Nov 2020 5:21am

By Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

Very nice composition. I really like all the shades of green you can see on this beautiful landscape.

24 Nov 2020 5:32am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

Great image, Steven. And you did so much to gain access. Very dedicated.

24 Nov 2020 5:43am

lisl from Bath, United Kingdom

A true photographer, Steven!

24 Nov 2020 6:11am

Florence from Bretagne, France

A beautiful green space that continues to grow. A cool feature here.

24 Nov 2020 6:38am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

You experienced a little adventure. That landscape is nice looking to watch and the story fits well with the spirit of Tuesday.

24 Nov 2020 6:43am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Merci d'avoir pris des risques pour nous offrir cette superbe photo

24 Nov 2020 7:18am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I can feel the silence in this…

24 Nov 2020 7:30am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A great landscape photo from above and yes I see the way downstairs .

24 Nov 2020 7:30am

jean pierre from Paris, France

joli paysage!!

24 Nov 2020 8:26am

Maryse from Bordeaux, France

Cela vaut le coup parfois de transgresser les interdits..... la preuve avec cette splendide et grandiose vue ! Tes efforts sont récompensés.
Bonne journée Steven

24 Nov 2020 8:27am

omar from Hamburg, Germany

Wonderful view on a green lush landscape.

24 Nov 2020 8:31am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful view and at least you can see far away and you’ve photographed some very pretty greens.

24 Nov 2020 9:21am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Very nice view on this beautiful green expanse!

24 Nov 2020 9:53am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Worth the risk. :) Well done and a great view

24 Nov 2020 10:36am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent landscape. Superb color Steven.

24 Nov 2020 10:38am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Is it a dangerous place to ascend up ?

24 Nov 2020 11:06am

@Hiro: After the ascent up the first 186 steps just to get to the tower, I had to climb an additional 48 steps up the tower to get this view. It wasn't dangerous, but the height was incredible. Kept me cognizant of the warning about the tower's structural integrity.

Rose Swalls from United States

That is what I would call a long view! Worth the climb!

24 Nov 2020 11:35am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful landscape and lush green all around. And lovely sky. Excellent composition. :)

24 Nov 2020 12:35pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Une belle planète verte.....

24 Nov 2020 1:53pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ces verts

24 Nov 2020 2:55pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Wow...a lovely view of this landscape Steven..The treetops look absolutely beautiful!!!!

24 Nov 2020 3:07pm

willy from Belgium

Parfois on doit prendre des risques Steven..

une bien joli paysage


24 Nov 2020 3:20pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A lush and lovely long view

24 Nov 2020 4:08pm

tataray from France

Wow... quelle belle immensité de verdure Steven.
A combien de kms voit-on, l'horizon est charmant.
Tes efforts pour monter et les risques encourus ont été récompensés.
Je suppose que tu as bien d'autres clichés à nous montrer.

24 Nov 2020 7:50pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The marvelous landscape view from this tower.

24 Nov 2020 8:24pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

L O V E L Y !

24 Nov 2020 9:03pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Nice view over a lovely landscape

24 Nov 2020 10:27pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image from up top. It would have been lovely as the leaves turned color in autumn.

24 Nov 2020 10:45pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It gives a really nice view. I like that right angle in the road s. It makes it look very mysterious.

24 Nov 2020 11:28pm

@Michael Rawluk: I wanted to keep the road in the composition to go along with my narrative as I was looking out for park rangers who may see me on the tower, where I wasn't supposed to be.

Hootin' Anni from Corpus Christi, United States

What a gorgeous view!!!

25 Nov 2020 12:39am

Jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Tu as vécu une véritable aventure pour te hisser au plus haut de la tour et obtenir cette belle vue panoramique.

25 Nov 2020 1:09am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

that one small "L" of pavement near the lower left is almost the only sign of civilization. So nature is your view. Besides, you have to have some payoff for 186 steps!

25 Nov 2020 1:48am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Grand view. Lovely landscape.

25 Nov 2020 1:54am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It is a beautiful view and I agree, it probably would be spectacular in autumn. I would also feel like I would be standing up there fully exposed!

25 Nov 2020 3:25am

CrashRyan from New Jersey/New York City area, United States

That's a lot of steps brother, I think these kind of climbs are now beyond me ... but what a view!

25 Nov 2020 4:54am

Remus from Portugal

With so much uphill, even I got tired.
Superb view, beautiful composition!

25 Nov 2020 6:32pm