Tag: recreation

  • Boat in a Bottle

    Boat in a Bottle

    I’ve always wondered how a sailboat could fit inside a glass bottle, not to mention an entire ocean? This photograph features a vintage round-bottom bottle from my collection, and you can enjoy my collage on a variety of great gifts, prints and apparel in the following shops:


  • Poem: Fields of Green

    Poem: Fields of Green

    When once we played in fields of green
    Grand meadows and summer sun
    In Chuck Taylors with torn blue jeans
    Climbing trees and having fun
    
       Street hockey on a vacant lot
       Sailing frisbees through the air
       Building sand castles near the lake
       Living life without a care
    
    Now, days are short and time precious
    Yet the child inside still plays
    Drifting on dreams of yesteryear
    To the spring of happy days

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Reelin’ In The Years by Steely Dan (1972) – see lyrics here.

    NOTE: this poem uses the Preformatted Block, which allows for indentation of text exactly as pasted. However, in so doing, a monospace font is used.


  • Design Samples – Vol. 19

    Miscellaneous Collection

    You can see more when visiting my gallery at Fine Art America


  • Travel

    Travel

    Whether to an exotic tropical island with beachfront palm trees and golden sunset glowing across an oceanic horizon, mountain highlands with green hillsides and expansive vistas of distant snowy peaks, or anywhere in between, it’s all about travel and ones sense of adventure. Have a good trip, and discover some cool gifts and apparel in these shops:


  • Byrd Lake Bridge Dam

    Byrd Lake Bridge Dam

    Serving as the parks best-known landmark, the Byrd Lake Bridge Dam at the Cumberland Mountain State Park was completed in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 3464, forming a 35-acre lake for recreation.

    See more – fine prints & other items – in my shops at Pixels and Redbubble.


  • 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!


  • Byrd Lake Waterfall

    Located at the Cumberland Mountain State Park in Tennessee, the Byrd Lake Bridge Dam was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 3464, creating this waterfall. You’ll have to use your mind to imagine the sound of falling water, but you can certainly use your eyes to enjoy a fine print on a wall at home! So, visit my galleries at Pixels and/or ArtPal to select the perfect accent piece, for yourself or to give as a gift. Thanks very much!


  • Byrd Lake Bridge Dam

    • Style: Photography
    • Genre: Architecture
    • Software: Affinity Photo
    • Shops: Pixels

    Located at the Cumberland Mountain State Park in Tennessee, the Byrd Lake Bridge Dam was constructed in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 3464, forming a 35-acre lake for recreation. Prints available.


  • Byrd Lake Bridge Dam

    Byrd Lake Bridge Dam

    From the Cumberland Mountain State Park, a 1,720-acre park located on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee (formed as a New Deal-era initiative by the Resettlement Administration), this photograph features a view looking through the Byrd Lake Bridge Dam. The light on the ceiling is a reflection off of the lake, and, in the distance, a structure housing the Homestead Harvest Restaurant is visible. If interested, many fine prints are available in my gallery at Pixels.

    Thanks for stopping by!


  • Road Trip

    Road Trip

    Rolling with four-wheels on an open road in search of adventure, up and around the bend. As Jerry Garcia noted, “What a long strange trip it’s been”. The next rest area is only one mile away, so why not find a spot to park and have a look at prints and/or other cool items in my gallery.

    You can discover many great gift-giving ideas featuring my design, which is based on a free photograph from unsplash.com. You might also enjoy a flashback to Alpine Valley, June 21-22, 1985…

    Song for Today


  • Stepping Back

    Stepping Back

    It’s like I’m outside at a circus, looking through a dirty glass window, watching all the kids having fun inside…

    Climbing tall ladders to reach high wires. Pulling a lion’s tail. Stepping on the oversized shoes of clowns.

    In time, I turned back to pass between bended fence posts and begin my journey home – 10,000 steps.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins

    This creative writing was originally posted February 21, 2021. Today, I’ve reposted it to open the comments and also include a musical selection. Thanks for reading!


    PHOTO CREDIT: this is a modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Morning Fishermen

    Morning Fishermen

    This black and white photograph of three fishermen was taken in the morning, some distance downstream from Norris Dam, along the Clinch River in Tennessee. It’s now available on prints in my gallery, so cast your line and reel-in something nice for an empty wall in your home, office…anywhere. Thanks!


  • Throwback Thursday

    In the mid-1990’s, I took a road trip with a friend from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to visit another friend living in Amherst, Massachusetts. While canoeing, we happened upon a rock face at waters edge. Two of us jumped at the same time from a 30-foot cliff, my friend (top) appearing to defy gravity having used a rope swing, while I simply dropped like a rock. Geronimo!


  • Bottom of the Sea

    Underwater


    Enjoy this digital underwater sea scene, with the glow of sunlight refracting to illuminate rocks strewn about a sandy bottom. I used Bryce software to create this design, which you can purchase on a multitude of fine items in any of the following shops: Redbubble, Society 6, Pixels and ArtPal. Makes a great gift idea, too. Thanks very much!


  • Ijams Nature Center

    These photographs were taken while hiking at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, including Mead’s Quarry Lake and The Keyhole: