University of Michigan Law Quad

University of Michigan Law Quad
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This black and white photograph was taken on the campus of the University of Michigan, at the law quad, in Ann Arbor. If you’ve attended school here and would like a reminder of those memories, consider purchasing a print from my gallery at Fine Art America. Several print types to select, and custom framing options are also available.

Autumn In Ann Arbor

Autumn In Ann Arbor
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Known for its many parks, few in Ann Arbor yield more impressive views than here, at Nichols Arboretum. Especially in autumn. Visible in the distance are buildings located on the north campus of the University of Michigan. If interested, stop by my gallery at Fine Art America for a variety of decorative print options.

Black And White Wooden Bench

Black And White Bench
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This black and white photograph of a wooden bench was taken in Nichols Arboretum, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you’d like a print (framed, canvas, wood, metal, acrylic or art prints), please visit my gallery at Fine Art America. Framing options include size, frame, mat, paper and finish. Enjoy the great outdoors!

White Caps On Lake Superior

White Caps On Lake Superior
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Enjoy this digital landscape painting based on an upper peninsula photograph of Lake Superior, as seen at Little Presque Isle near Marquette, Michigan. Perfect for the home or at the office, guests can visit my gallery at Fine Art America to review a variety of available print types – framed, canvas, metal, wood, acrylic and art prints. Enjoy the great outdoors!

Old Iron Ore Dock On Lake Superior

Old Iron Ore Dock
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Located in the upper peninsula harbor of Marquette, Michigan, this old iron ore dock was once a busy port, servicing large freighter ships to transport raw materials throughout the great lakes for distribution. Years later, the structure has since been disconnected from the railroad system and remains idle. Visible along the left side of the picture is the harbor break wall, shielding the area from often rough waters on Lake Superior. This textural, vintage photograph is available in my galleries on a variety of printed items: Fine Art America, Crated, Society 6 and Zazzle. Enjoy!

Disc Golf Stories, No. 4

Following four hours in the car from Ann Arbor, myself and two disc golfing buddies stopped near Ludington to enjoy a relaxing swim in Lake Michigan. It was a sunny summer day on the Friday before the 1999 Michigan Disc Golf Organization (MDGO) Championships, and, after 45 restful minutes in the water, we made our way to the Mason County Park in time to participate in a late-afternoon Mace Man doubles event.

Many players had gathered to pay $10 for a chance to play in the random draw team competition. I’d personally been looking forward to this weekend for some time and was excited to be in Ludington, having played the courses only once before. Several folks were complaining, however, expressing concern that, with the newly crowned disc golf world champion, Ron Russell, in attendance, that the deck was stacked and that their entry fees were simply a donation.

That didn’t bother me at the time. If anything, I hoped that he might be part of our group so that I could watch and learn from his skillful play. He wasn’t, but his presence at the event was clearly a point of contention for my teammate. Nevertheless.

From the starting hole, I threw first for our team, launching a monster hyzer out to the right and back left again around the tree line. My shot drew metal, skipping off of the top of the basket. My teammate’s shot finished closer, though, and I made our putt for a birdie. It was a good sign of things to come.

When it was over, we finished at -13 through 18 holes and won the event! If was great to win, especially given that the caliber of competition was so formidable, and we each received a nice payout in merchandise.

The MDGO tournament itself was scheduled for two rounds on Saturday, with a final round on Sunday. I played in the Am-1 division, rather poorly as I recall.

Anyway. Following play on Sunday, it became apparent that no one had claimed the $160 ace pool. In making preparations to conclude the event, the Tournament Director (TD) announced that ace pool monies would be awarded to whomever could make a jumbo putt, to be held shortly on basket number 18 on the “Beast” course.

For those unfamiliar with the phrase jumbo putt, everyone basically lines up with their putter in a wide circle around the basket, and, when the signal is given, putts all at the same time.

Given that I wouldn’t be collecting any prizes at ‘tournament central’, I made my way up the hill to the basket where we’d be putting. For approximately 20 minutes, I set up at various points around the basket and putt my blue 174 gram Aviar small bead putter.

174 Gram Aviar Putter

Occasionally, players would pass by the area, joking with me that it was pointless to spend so much time practicing from 80′, suggesting that only a lucky shot would win.

Though I understood this, I did manage to find the spot from which I was most comfortable shooting, given the direction of the prevailing breeze.

When the time came, everybody stormed up the hill and found a spot around the crudely formed circle established by the TD. I had my spot. When set, he called out, ‘On the count of 3, 2, 1, SHOOT!‘, and we all launched our putters to the center at the basket.

With colorful plastic all over the sky, it wasn’t easy to visually follow my shot, but I could see a blue disc in the air which I believed was mine, and it looked as if it was headed straight at the chains…if only it didn’t get knocked down in a mid-air collision with another putter.

As the shots came to rest, the TD and all of the players raced toward the basket to collect their missed putts from off of the grass. I did as well, though, along with another player from Indiana, had the pleasure of retrieving my putter from inside of the basket, and subsequently received my $80 share.

What a fun weekend! As a footnote, I added “80 bones” to the bottom side of my putter.

174 Gram Aviar Putter

Vintage Glass

During my childhood in Marquette, Michigan, one of my favorite hobbies was collecting old bottles. With my brother and various friends, we would gather our supplies (garden shovels and spades, gloves, plastic pales and old pillow cases), and begin the adventure to a local hillside behind what was referred to as the ‘Haunted House’. There we would excavate until we grew tired, carefully extracting from the soil whatever treasures we could uncover.

Many decades later, I’ve retained only a fraction of the collection which I’d amassed during my youth. Presented here with enhancements through the use of Adobe Photoshop, three round bottom bottles highlight a beauty in their imperfections, with air bubbles, thick and uneven glass, and a wonderful hue of blues and greens.

If interested, a variety of print types (canvas, framed, acrylic, metal, wood and art prints) are available from this collection at my gallery at Fine Art America. Thanks for looking.

 

River Stones

River Stones
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This summer landscape features green foliage along a shallow tributary with an abundance of river stones – an artistically stylized photograph of the Huron River taken near Dexter, Michigan. Framed, canvas and art prints are available in my gallery at Crated. Select the size and options to suit your interests. Great for the home or office!

River Stones

River In Winter

River In Winter
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This winter landscape features the Huron River and was photographed at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It would make a wonderful decorative addition to an empty wall space in your home, or at the office. Many different print types are available, including: framed, canvas, metal, wood, acrylic and art prints. Visit my gallery at Fine Art America for more.

Wooden Bench In The Woods

Wooden Bench In The Woods
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A wooden bench sits alone in the sunshine on the crest of a hill on a warm autumn day. I photographed this wooded landscape at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Interested in a print? Guests may visit my gallery at Fine Art America to select between framed, canvas, acrylic, wood, metal and art prints.

Winter On The Huron River

Winter On The Huron River
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Enjoy this black and white photograph featuring the Huron River on a morning following a heavy snow storm. I took this picture along Island Drive in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it would make a great gift idea for the home or at the office! Visit my gallery at Fine Art America to see a variety of print types, including: framed, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and art. Enjoy.

Note: the gray outline shown was added solely for presentation herein, and is not included as part of the actual picture.

Vintage Black And White Pillars

Vintage Black And White Pillars
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This vintage, grunge-style black and white photograph features an empty building with pillars. Photographed in winter at Island Drive park on the Huron River, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Available in my gallery at Fine Art America on a variety of prints (framed, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and art). Enjoy!

Snow Covered Trees

Snow Covered Trees
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Enjoy these snow covered trees along the Huron River. Based on a photograph taken in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the morning following a snow storm the previous night. Digital adjustments using Adobe Photoshop & Filter Forge added. Visit my gallery at Fine Art America to discover a variety of wonderful prints (art, framed, canvas, acrylic, wood and metal) featuring this winter scene. Enjoy!

Lake Superior Beach

Lake Superior Beach
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Enjoy this summertime photograph of a sandy beach in Michigan’s upper peninsula, taken at a scenic roadside stop. Barely visible in the distance is the city of Marquette, home to Northern Michigan University. This picture is available on various prints (framed, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and art) in my gallery at Fine Art America. Whether on a wall in your home or at the office, this landscape scenery is equally appealing. Enjoy!

Snow In A Forest

Snow In A Forest
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Hiking with my camera, I shot this black and white landscape photograph during a snowfall at Nichols Arboretum, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You, too, can enjoy this outdoor scene on a wall in your home, or at the office, by visiting my gallery at Fine Art America to select a suitable print (framed, canvas, metal, acrylic, wood or art print). Enjoy winter!

Winter Bench At Nichols Arboretum

Bench At Nichols Arboretum In Winter
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Enjoy this black and white capture of a winter scene featuring a snow covered bench and a hillside of trees. Photographed at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this picture would make a splendid decorative addition to the walls of your home or office. Available on several different print types – framed, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and posters – in my gallery at Fine Art America.

Stairway Into The Forest

Stairway Into The Forest
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This summertime photograph features a wooden stairway winding along the slope of a hill and into the woods at Nichols Arboretum, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can bring the warmth of this landscape into you home by visiting my gallery at Fine Art America, where many print types are available – framed, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and posters. Enjoy!

Mackinac Bridge Throw Blanket

Mackinac Bridge Throw Blanket

Enjoy this throw blanket featuring the Mackinac Bridge – the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere, with a total length of 26,372 feet. It spans the Straits of Mackinac from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City, connecting Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. The blanket measures 54″ by 38″ and is constructed of 75% cotton and 25% polyester. Made in the USA. Enjoy!

University of Michigan Law Quad

University of Michigan Law Quad
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This photograph was taken in the courtyard of the Law Quad at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Guests are encouraged to visit my gallery at Fine Art America to discover a wide variety of available prints featuring this image – including: framed, canvas, metal, acrylic, wood and art prints. Enjoy!