Tag: storm

  • 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.


  • 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 Film Negative

    Vintage Film Negative

    This grunge-style vintage graphic design incorporates a film negative of a stormy Lake Superior, as seen from Presque Isle in Marquette, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Prints and more are available in the following galleries:

    Thanks for stopping by!


  • Lake Michigan Pier

    Lake Michigan Pier

    As a practitioner of repurposing, I’d estimate that this image has endured a minimum of four modification iterations. This digital rendition features a vintage photograph of a pier – really, a break wall – on Lake Michigan. To be specific, at the Holland State Park (Holland, Michigan). You can visit the following shops to find great products – prints, gifts and apparel:


  • Winter Blizzard

    Winter Blizzard

    A torrent of winter snowflakes at night pelt a glowing lamp post. I shot this photograph several years ago at an area known as Red Bud Grove, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can enjoy this picture on various prints, gifts and other apparel, through my galleries at Pixels, Society 6 and Redbubble. Hope to see you soon – thanks!


  • Fire in the Sky

    Fire in the Sky

    Based on a photograph, this contemporary abstract art features a chaotic cluster of colorful storm clouds in the sky. It looks great in a frame or other wall display, as well as several additional products available in these shops: Pixels, Redbubble. Thanks for shopping!


  • Abstract Electrical Storm

    Abstract Electrical Storm

    This contemporary abstract artwork might be just what you’re looking for – at home, work, in a business lobby, hospital or cafeteria setting. You can visit my shop and decorate your walls with a variety of prints: framed, canvas, art, post, metal, acrylic, wood or tapestry.


  • Song For Today

    Song For Today

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Storm On Lake Superior

    Storm On Lake Superior

    Storm clouds on the horizon and white caps rolling into shore are featured in this vintage, sepia tone photograph of Lake Superior – taken at Presque Isle, in Michigan’s upper peninsula near Marquette. See more.


  • Light In A Storm

    Light In A Storm

    Enjoy this night time photograph of a lamp-post light among trees, glowing amidst a winter snow storm. Please visit my gallery at Fine Art America to see more.


  • Waves of Time

    Waves of Time

    Enjoy this ocean scenery of waves crashing into a rocky shoreline. Based on a photograph with added effects for a vintage quality. Please visit my gallery at Fine Art America for more…


  • Memories of The Big Lake

    Memories of The Big Lake

    Looking back in time to the waves of Lake Superior, crashing on to and over a break wall located in Michigan’s upper peninsula, at Marquette on Presque Isle. Based on an analog photograph from 1994. Visitors can see more in my gallery at Fine Art America. Thanks for stopping by.


  • Michigan Weather

    Michigan Weather

    Yesterday, temperatures were in the mid-fifties; people rode their bikes and wore short pants. Today, I awoke to the radio wherein a long list of school closures were announced. I could hear the freezing rain on the window sill and, soon thereafter, the roads iced over and a small blizzard was underway. Welcome to Michigan.


  • Lake Superior Storm

    Lake Superior Storm

    A storm is brewing, as clouds gather across Lake Superior and waves roll into shore. From the comfort of your home, you may enjoy this photographic landscape collage consisting of two separate pictures, now available in my galleries at Fine Art America and Zazzle.


  • Winter Wonderland

    Winter Wonderland

    The forest is blanketed in deep snow following a winter storm, inviting hikers to brave the cold to enjoy nature’s beauty. I’ve added this black and white photograph to my galleries at Fine ArtAmerica, Society 6 and Redbubble. Stop by for a visit, sometime…