University of Michigan Courtyard

University of Michigan Courtyard

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This summertime photograph was taken at the courtyard inside of the law quad at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. If you’d like a print (framed, canvas, metal, wood, acrylic or art), please visit my gallery at Fine Art America. Framed prints may be customized by selecting size, frame, mat, paper and finish options. Thanks for stopping by!

University of Michigan Clock Tower

University of Michigan Burton Clock Tower

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This split tone photograph featuring the Burton Clock Tower was taken on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Several prints types – framed, canvas, wood, metal, acrylic, art – are available in my gallery at Fine Art America. Stop by for a visit when you have the time!

Black And White Wooden Stairway

Black And White Wooden Stairway

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This black and white photograph features a wooden stairway leading up through foliage located at Nichols Arboretum, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Guests are invited to visit my gallery at Fine Art America to discover a variety of available print types – framed, canvas, wooden, metal, acrylic and art prints.

Summer Shores of Lake Superior

The ever changing shoreline of Lake Superior offers an adventure for those interested in outdoor activities, and is often a beauty to behold. Rocks, some quite large, and driftwood are commonly rearranged over time by rough waters, adding interest to this Upper Peninsula landscape.

This wonderful landscape is available on a variety of items, including the following samples, in my gallery at Society 6

Upper Peninsula

Upper Peninsula

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Enjoy this Upper Peninsula graphic design, featuring a photograph of Lake Superior taken in the northern Michigan city of Marquette, at Presque Isle. A variety of items featuring this photograph are available in my galleries at Redbubble, Society 6 and Crated. Stop by for a visit, sometime.

The Mackinac Bridge Spiral Notebook

The Mackinac Bridge Spiral Notebook

Measuring 6.5″ by 8.75″, this spiral notebook features a photograph of the Mackinac Bridge which connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. Printed on the cover, it has 80 pages of black and white lined paper with a lay flat spiral binding. Makes a great gift idea! Say yah to da U.P., eh?

Sugarloaf Mountain In Autumn

Sugarloaf Mountain In Autumn

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This photograph was taken during early autumn on top of Sugarloaf Mountain, located north of Marquette in Michigan’s upper peninsula. In the distance, Little Presque is situated in Lake Superior close enough to shore so as to provide visitors an easy wade through shallow waters.

If you’d be interested in displaying this photograph in your home or office, several print types are available in my gallery at Fine Art America, including; framed, canvas, wood, metal, acrylic and art prints. Enjoy!

Lake Superior Landscape

Lake Superior Landscape

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This summertime photograph features the waves of Lake Superior, as seen north of Marquette in Michigan’s upper peninsula at Little Presque Isle. The tallest peak in the distance is Sugarloaf Mountain, a popular and scenic overlook of the area. Enjoy this landscape in your home or office with one of several different print types available from the following galleries: Fine Art America, Crated and Zazzle. Thanks for visiting!

Structure of A Stream

Structure of A Stream

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This interesting structure houses the passage of Boyden Creek through a hillside. It’s located along Huron River Drive between the cities of Ann Arbor and Dexter, Michigan. Enjoy a variety of different print options by visiting my gallery at Fine Art America.

Old Telephone Pole

Old Telephone Pole

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Amidst ongoing changes in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, this old and weathered telephone pole remains in place near Church and South University streets. If you’d be interested in a print featuring this black and white photograph, visit my gallery at Fine Art America to see more.

Black And White Pillars

Black And White Pillars

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Enjoy this architectural black and white photography, featuring a row of pillars with sunlight streaming through a courtyard. Photographed on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. To review a variety of available prints, please visit my gallery at Fine Art America.

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! It 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

American Bison In Ann Arbor, Michigan

American Bison In Ann Arbor

Today, I visited Domino’s Farms in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I observed a herd of approximately 50 American Bison. Here, three bison are walking from a low area to an open hilltop, where bails of hay have been served for lunch.

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