Phil Perkins Photography

Tag: coastal

  • Vintage Coastal Waves

    Vintage Coastal Waves

    Vintage photograph of waves along the shoreline of Lake Superior, as seen in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, north of Marquette, at Little Presque Isle. The rocks at center and left are islands easily accessed from shore through shallow water. Prints are available when you visit my gallery – thanks very much!


  • Footprints in the Sand

    Footprints in the Sand

    This vintage photograph features the sandy shores and waves of Lake Superior, including Little Presque Isle, as seen north of Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Visiting this spot, you’ll likely have the beach to yourself, and, if surface temperatures are suitable in summer, the island can be explored by wading waist-deep through water.

    You can see more (gifts, prints, etc.) in these shops: Pixels, Redbubble & ArtPal.

    Thanks very much!


    Bend in the Water, by Gordon Lightfoot (1975) – see lyrics here.


  • View From Sugarloaf

    View From Sugarloaf

    This elevated view of Lake Superior was photographed many years ago from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, north of Marquette. In the distance is Little Presque Isle, which, if the water isn’t too cold, can easily be visited by wading from shore. You can find many great gift and apparel products by visiting the following galleries…


  • Gems of Nature

    Gems of Nature

    Shallow water laps up onto shore, then recedes back into the lake. Eventually, small common stones become smooth. Seen here in a few inches of water along the coast of Lake Superior, this photograph might be the perfect accent piece you’ve been looking for. To see prints and other items available featuring my photography, you can visit these shops…

    Haiku

    Water with wrinkles
    Natural beauty reflects
    Gems tumbled in time

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    And It Stoned Me, by Van Morrison (1970) – see lyrics here.


  • Waves on the Big Lake

    This vintage photograph featuring Lake Superior was taken along the rugged shores of Presque Isle in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the city of Marquette. Today, you can find a variety of prints available in my gallery to adorn an empty wall in your domicile or workplace.

    Thanks for visiting!


  • Lake Superior

    This vintage photograph of Lake Superior was taken in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, outside of Marquette at Little Presque Isle. Prints available.


  • Waves on Lake Superior

    Waves on Lake Superior

    This vintage coastal beach photograph was taken in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, north of Marquette, near Little Presque Isle. You can find great prints and more available in my galleries at Pixels and Redbubble – thanks for stopping by!


  • Little Presque Isle

    This photograph was taken on the beach of Lake Superior at Little Presque Isle, located near the city of Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Prints and more available in my Redbubble shop.


  • Story: Wave Runners

    Everyone has a story of something they did once upon a time, which, in retrospect, was probably not a good idea. This is one such tale.

    Flashback to the 1990’s. At that time, I was splitting an apartment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a friend named Ralph, who also enjoyed outdoor challenges. As such, every now and then, when the weather turned foul, we’d telephone a wave report recording, which detailed conditions present on Lake Michigan.

    One stormy summer day, this report cited waves near Holland, Michigan, as high as 8-12 feet, including a stern recommendation to avoid coastal areas. Well, that was exactly what we were hoping to hear, and so quickly jumped into the car on a road trip to the south pier, demarcating the channel between Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. Thirty minutes later, we parked and continued our trek on foot through strong winds and rain, toward the pier.

    This was a big storm, as whitecap waves crashed up and down the beach, surging far inland along the coastline. As we approached, it became apparent that roughly 20% of the pier was engulfed in waves at any given moment. This observation should’ve served as an omen not to proceed…

    However, after an extensive discussion it was decided that, though obviously dangerous, our individual attributes of bravery, keen sense of observation and quick reactions, respectively, were sufficient to undertake the challenge: which was, to see who could traverse farthest along the pier?

    Note: digital cameras didn’t exist on the market at that time, but I’ve included a few photographs taken many years later, which show the coastal landscape and piers:

    Relative to the second image – which is actually an aspect of the other pier, to the north – the storm we faced was significantly stronger and with much larger waves. In point of fact, unlike the common and predictably wind-driven pattern of waves rolling in uniform rows, what we encountered was less organized and wild, with waves crashing from both the front and side directions.

    Painted blue, bollards were positioned along the length of each pier. Were the situation to present itself where either one of us was unable to elude an oncoming wave, my friend suggested that the best course of action was to drop down onto the pier and secure oneself by clutching on to a bollard for safety.

    And so began the challenge.

    This endeavor was as difficult as it was foolish, as waves broke across the pier at essentially random intervals, all the time of which my eyes were glued on the water. Movement entailed both quick footsteps and brief sprints, scrambling on the concrete both forward and backwards in order to safely create space between potentially hazardous waves. It was a major adrenaline rush, to say the least.

    I’d estimate that I was approximately 50-60% of the way out on the pier when it happened. I glanced back to check on my friend, only to see Ralph hunkered down and clinging for dear life to a bollard…as he was swept away by a huge wave, washing him over the other side of the pier toward the channel, down into the rocks.

    I immediately moved back toward where he was, all the while watching over my shoulder to remain cognizant of approaching waves. From a distance of 15-feet away, I spotted Ralph among the rocks with only his head visible above water, and without a stronghold for safety. Glancing back once more, I then saw him suddenly disappear into a trough of shifting waters, sinking an estimated 5-feet among the rocks and vanishing, out of sight. There was nothing I could do to help him.

    Then, only seconds later, the water crested, lifting Ralph up and out of that den of death, tossing him like driftwood on to the rocks, where he latched-on and was able to dash up the incline to the top of the pier.

    We hightailed it back to shore as quickly as possible, never again to challenge such a storm as was experienced on that day.


  • Vintage Beach Scene

    Vintage Beach Scene

    This old photograph features a beach and lighthouse on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula – Marquette, Michigan – which was formerly referred to as “Michigan Beach”. It’s a beautiful area, though somewhat cold (note the absence of people actually in the water). You can see prints and more in my galleries at Pixels and ArtPal.

    Thanks for visiting!


  • Little Presque Isle

    Little Presque Isle

    This vintage photograph was taken from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, near Marquette, and features a Lake Superior coastline with Little Presque Isle in the distance. Prints and more available. Thanks for visiting!


  • Vintage Lake Michigan

    Vintage Lake Michigan

    Enjoy this old photograph featuring waves and clouds rolling along a sandy beach of western Michigan, at Lake Michigan in Holland. This picture would make a wonderful accent piece in your home or office, and can be purchased through my galleries at Pixels and ArtPal. So, check it out, and thanks for stopping by!


  • Lake Superior

    Lake Superior

    This vintage photograph of Lake Superior features a rocky shoreline at Little Presque Isle – located near the city of Marquette, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. You can discover a variety of gift and apparel items with this image, in the following shops:


  • Big Air

    Big Air

    Enjoy this vintage photograph featuring an extreme sport jet-skier catching big air on the waves of Lake Michigan. You can find a variety of cool products available as gifts and apparel in my shops, here:


  • Vintage Lighthouse

    Vintage Lighthouse

    Located on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in the city of Marquette, this vintage photograph features a now automated Coast Guard lighthouse.

    Growing up as a child, I lived only three blocks away and spent countless hours on this beach – formerly referred to as Michigan Beach (now, McCarty’s Cove).

    This picture is available on several wonderful products in the following shops – check it out:

    Hope to see you soon!