A Day At The Beach

A Day At The Beach

Playing in the Sand


This stylized, vintage image is based on a photograph taken on the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan in Holland, Michigan, as waves and cooler early autumn temperatures keep people ashore.

Prints available.

Flashback: Grateful Dead

What A Long Strange Trip

A friend from Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Daley, showed up at my apartment in Holland, Michigan during the summer of 1985, asking if I’d be interested in traveling to Wisconsin to hear the Grateful Dead perform back-to-back shows. After gathering my backpack, we then scoured the town in order to purchase the only remaining original formula Coca Cola available – following the recent change – and hit the road in his Honda Prelude.

Along the way, we must have bumped into at least a dozen people on the road that Brian, a Deadhead, knew from various shows he’d attended. That seemed rather unlikely – what were the odds? – though, less so upon arrival at the venue.

We set up a tent on the edge of a farmer’s field near the concert grounds, purchased tickets and proceeded to the first show, on Friday night. It was an excellent concert, though it took quite a while to exit the amphitheater, afterwards; something was obstructing the door at the top of the hill.

Once finally outside, we saw that a large car (a dark blue, Oldsmobile Delta 88) had parked crosswise, directly in front of the exit. That car belonged to friends of ours – Bernie, Libby & Roger – from Holland, Michigan, who heard that we had gone to the show and took a road trip to join us. Realizing that we would likely be very difficult to locate among the crowd, they decided to be as conspicuous as possible. Indeed!

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The Shows


PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

My Favorite Grateful Dead Songs

I’ve enjoyed listening to music of the Grateful Dead for many years, though haven’t purchased a compact disk in a very long time. Here’s a list of some of my favorite songs (in order) from the CD’s which I own:

Grateful Dead | American Beauty (1970)

  • Ripple
  • Sugar Magnolia
  • Box of Rain

Grateful Dead | Europe ’72 (1972) – double CD set

  • He’s Gone
  • Cumberland Blues
  • China Cat Sunflower

AND

  • Tennessee Jed
  • Mr. Charlie
  • Truckin’

Grateful Dead | Skeletons From The Closet (1974)

  • Uncle John’s Band
  • St. Stephen
  • Friend of The Devil

Grateful Dead | In The Dark (1987)

  • West L.A. Fadeaway
  • Throwing Stones
  • Hell In A Bucket

Grateful Dead | Built To Last (1989)

  • Victim Or The Crime
  • Built To Last
  • Just A Little Light

Concerts

What A Long Strange Trip

A friend from Cleveland, Brian Daley, showed up at my apartment in Holland, Michigan during the summer of 1985, asking if I’d be interested in traveling to Wisconsin to hear the Grateful Dead perform. After gathering my backpack, we scoured the town in order to purchase the only remaining original Coca Cola – following the recent change in formula – and hit the road in his Honda Prelude.

Along the way, we must have bumped into nearly a dozen people on the road that Brian, a Deadhead, knew from various shows he’d attended. That seemed rather unlikely – what were the odds? – though, less so upon arrival at the venue.

We set up a tent on the edge of a farmer’s field near the concert grounds, purchased tickets and proceeded to the first show, on Friday night. It was an excellent concert, though it took quite a while to exit the amphitheater, afterwards; something was obstructing the door at the top of the hill.

Once finally outside, we saw that a large car – an Oldsmobile Delta 88, as I recall – had parked directly in front of the exit, crosswise. That car belonged to friends of ours – Bernie, Libby, Roger – from Holland, Michigan, who heard that we had gone and took a road trip to join us. Knowing that we might be difficult to locate, they decided to be as conspicuous as possible. Indeed!

Riding Waves on Lake Michigan

The year was 2010. It was a cloudy day in early autumn when I visited the Holland State Park, located in Holland, Michigan, along the north side of the channel between Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. I turned to photograph the historic Big Red Lighthouse on the opposing pier, as well as the picturesque southern shoreline, when, to my surprise, I spotted someone riding waves – catching big air!

If you’d be interested in a print, please visit my gallery at Fine Art America.

Lake Michigan Shoreline

This photograph was taken from the pier at the Holland State Park, located in Holland, Michigan, facing north along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

You can find this image on posters, puzzles, placemats, playing cards and more in my gallery at Zazzle. Thanks for stopping by!

Lake Michigan Light House

This vintage summertime photograph was taken in Holland, Michigan, featuring the Lake Michigan light house commonly referred to as Big Red. If you’d like a print for your home or place of employment, or if you’re looking for a nautical-based gift to give, then stop by my gallery at Fine Art America.

Many print types are available – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and acrylic.

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Lake Michigan Beach Throw Blanket

Made in the USA, this all-season throw blanket is designed for curling up with a cup of hot cocoa or relaxing on a summer evening with a cool glass of lemonade. It features a vintage photograph on the beach of Lake Michigan, in Holland, with textural effects. It’s 75% cotton and 25% polyester for a soft touch, and measures 54″ length by 38″ width. Hand wash recommended.

Enjoy a day at the beach!

Lake Michigan Whitecap Waves Art Board

Available in 6″, 8″, or 10″ (featured here) square-sizes, this decorative art board is professionally printed on a watercolor textured 4-ply substrate. It may be easily affixed to a wall with 3M velcro dots (4 supplied per board), or remain movable. Based on a photograph, storm waves crash into rocks along a Lake Michigan pier located at the Holland State Park. Enjoy!

A Day At The Beach Tapestry

 

Enjoy a day at the beach from inside your home with this Lake Michigan wall tapestry! Featuring vintage summertime photography shot at a beach in Holland, Michigan, three different sizes are available to suit your interests. Made of 100% lightweight polyester with hand-sewn finished edges, it’s durable enough for both indoor or outdoor use.