Tag: Michigan

Golden Shade of Autumn

Golden Shade of Autumn

Nature, Photography April 9, 2019

Dry leaves crackle as I step along a hillside by the river, at peace in the forest beneath the vibrant, golden shade of autumn.

Phil Perkins

This photograph was taken along the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I finally added it to my gallery at Pixels, today. If you’d like to see more, several different print-types are available (framed, canvas, art, metal, acrylic and wood).

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photography, Structures March 6, 2019

This photograph was taken on top of a parking structure in Ann Arbor, Michigan, near the intersection of Liberty & State streets, next door to campus. Signs for both the Michigan & State theaters are visible among the buildings. Visitors can see more at my gallery through Fine Art America.

Fitness Flashback

Miscellaneous March 3, 2019

It was 1996 and I was 32 years old living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My gym was American Fitness and I was working out 5 days per week (3-on-1-off, 2-on-1-off).

One day, I noticed a flyer posted on the bulletin board, advertising for a strong man contest to be held in 2 weeks – who could bench press their own weight the most times? This was my favorite exercise, so I decided to enter the competition.

The contest would be judged, and lifters had to adhere to the following rules:

  • no bouncing weight off of ones chest
  • no arched back – ones back must remain flat, in contact with bench
  • to count, each repetition must be full and cleared as “good” by judge
  • contestants would compete based on a weight class bracket

The event was to be held at an old, industrial building near the railroad tracks on the east side of town, used at that time for a bar known as The Warehouse. Based on my weight, I was in the 175-200 lbs. weight class bracket.

When it was time, I arrived to see that many others were also interested in competing, and a local news station had their camera set up to record the event. The first order of business entailed stepping on a scale to be weighed by an official. Each individual did so in private without clothing, and I weighed 190.5 lbs.

It was at that point that I learned another contest rule – that is, that weights would be rounded up in 5-lb. increments. Thus, I’d be lifting 195 lbs. instead of my actual weight. It was suggested that I run outside around the building a few times – hoping to lose 1/2 pound – and that a second weighing would be made available. I thought about it but wanted to conserve my energy, so I declined.

I waited for my turn back in the main room, stretching my muscles and warming-up on one of several bench presses made available.

When I was finally called, I walked up onto the stage, listened to a brief review of the rules by an official, and then got into position on the bench. Next, as with each competitor, a judge (a.k.a., the spotter) assisted in safely removing the weight from the rack, thereafter releasing contact for me to begin lifting.

I bench pressed 195 lbs. for 29 clean repetitions, good enough for second place in my weight class bracket. First place went to a 178 lb. competitor (from my gym!) who pressed 180 lbs. for 31 clean repetitions.

All told, I bench pressed 5655 lbs. during that series of lifts, which (in consolation only) was a total of 75 lbs. more then the winner. My 29 presses were also the 2nd most of any competitor across all weight class brackets at the event.

Upper Peninsula Shores

Upper Peninsula Shores

Nature, Photography March 2, 2019

This landscape photograph of an expansive, rocky shoreline was taken on Lake Superior, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Specially, at Presque Isle in Marquette.

To see it for yourself may require extensive travel time and expense. So, instead, I’d recommend that you visit my gallery at Fine Art America to bring this coastal landscape into your home. Several print types are available, including: framed, canvas, art, wood, acrylic and metal – customize to suit your wishes.

Stop by for a visit, sometime!

Cat In A Chair

Cat In A Chair

Graphics, Photography March 1, 2019

Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the time, this neighborhood cat would periodically enter through a small window opening of my upstairs apartment in an older house. Shelter from rain, comfortable seating and an occasional helping of tunafish from a can served to reinforce a friendship over time.

A variety of items featuring this graphic design are available in my galleries at Redbubble and Fine Art America.

Thanks for stopping by!

Riding Waves on Lake Michigan

Riding Waves on Lake Michigan

Nature, Photography February 23, 2019

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

Lake Michigan Shoreline

Nature, Photography February 22, 2019

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!

Brown Park Disc Golf

Brown Park Disc Golf

Disc Golf, Photography February 12, 2019

Enjoy this split tone photograph of basket #18 at an old disc golf course – Brown Park – in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before removal in 2006, this course held the annual “Ace Race” disc golf event on the Friday following Thanksgiving.

Check out my galleries at Pixels and Zazzle for more.

Snow Sculpted By Wind

Snow Sculpted By Wind

Nature, Photography January 8, 2019

Enjoy this wintertime, macro photography on a frigid day in Michigan, where swirling winds over the course of a few days have carved out interesting contours in this snow drift. Please visit my gallery at Fine Art America, where a variety of different print types are available for you to enjoy this image – within the warmth of your home of office!

Hope to see you soon!

Iconic Plaques

Photography, Structures January 4, 2019

These photographs highlight classic plaques located at Angell Hall on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Visitors may discover wonderful prints and other items available in my Fine Art America gallery, using these links:

Thanks for stopping by!