Tag: Michigan

  • 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.


  • Return to Winter

    Return to Winter

    ‘Tis the Season

    Despite the cold weather and an imposition upon our outdoor activities, a fresh blanket of snow is a beautiful sight. Seen here, a snow-covered forest along the Huron River, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at Bandemer Park. To see prints and more, visit these galleries:


  • 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 Structure

    Vintage Structure

    This vintage photograph was taken in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and features the interior of a building which resembles a Greek Parthenon, and a snowy winter landscape. Friends of mine (Bob & Lisa) were married here, many moons ago. Today, you can find prints and other items available in my galleries at Pixels and ArtPal. Thanks for stopping by!


  • Great Lakes Lighthouse

    Great Lakes Lighthouse

    Big Red

    Located on Lake Michigan, this vintage photograph features an historic lighthouse in Holland, Michigan, located along the southern channel to Lake Macatawa – known as “Big Red”.

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  • Nothing to See Here

    Do not enter. Stay away. Nothing to see here. Private property. Closed to the public. Beware of dog. Keep out. Get the message? Get great gifts, prints and apparel items when you visit any of these open for business premises: Redbubble, Society 6 and Pixels. Thanks!


  • Short Rock

    Short Rock

    This vintage photograph was taken on Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in the city of Marquette. Referred to as Short Rock, it’s one of several islands easily accessible from the shoreline.

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  • 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!


  • Poem

    Sands of Time

    Around the lake on winds of change
    The sands of time did rearrange
    To shift terrain along the shore
    Resculpting landscapes to explore

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    One of the early lessons I learned as a child growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in the city of Marquette on Lake Superior, was the enormous power of Mother Nature. Though some geographical locations remain relatively unchanged over time, the shorelines of my youth were renewed with each major storm — altering beaches and sandbars, as well as gigantic boulders washing up on to the harbor breakwall.

    This vintage photograph highlights the shores of Gitche Gumee to the northwest of Marquette, near Little Presque Isle. If interested, it’s available on a variety of prints and other items in my galleries at Pixels, Redbubble and ArtPal.

    Enjoy the great outdoors!


  • Music and Design

    Music and Design

    Songs that I’m listening to this morning while working with photography and/or creating designs…

    This stylized photograph was taken of the harbor in Marquette, Michigan.