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Disc Golf Miscellaneous

Disc Golf Stories, No. 9

I was competing in a PDGA sanctioned disc golf tournament on a warm day with mild winds during the summer of 1999. The event was held at Cold Brook Park, located in Climax, Michigan, between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

At that time, organizers commonly added six alternate baskets to the 18-hole layout, in order to accommodate a larger field of players. The first new basket in this expanded 24-hole format followed the 16th hole, and was a short birdie opportunity along the edge of Portage Lake.

Everything seemed fine as our group approached the tee pad. The wind was calm and there weren’t any trees as obstacles, only a water hazard to avoid along the right edge of the fairway.

And then, it happened.

From out of nowhere, a small gaggle of geese flew closely overhead at a high rate of speed! They couldn’t have been more than 10-feet above the ground, riding the leading edge of a weather system. We all ducked, rising again only to be immediately greeted by headwinds of approx. 30 miles per hour, sustained for the remainder of the tournament.

So much for an easy shot – now, the water loomed large.

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Nature Photography

Snowy River Landscape

This winter landscape scene features a photograph of the Huron River, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as seen during a snowfall. It may be customized to your liking – options include frame, size, mat, paper and finish. Thanks!

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Graphics Structures

Layers of City

Enjoy this colorful graphic design based on a photograph of buildings in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s available on a variety of items in my gallery at Pixels. Thanks for stopping by!

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Nature Photography

Glowing Forest Trail

I shot this photograph in 2006 while hiking Sugarloaf Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, between Marquette and Big Bay. Later, I used various creative software to stylize the image. Today, it’s available in my gallery at Pixels on a variety of different prints.

Hope to see you soon!!!

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Graphics Photography

Art Fair

Enjoy this stylized photograph of people strolling through the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, during a summer art fair roughly 15 years ago. See more.

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Graphics Photography

Vintage Coca-Cola Sign

This graphic design is based on an old photograph taken on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, featuring a Coca-Cola advertisement for a local market which served the area for many decades.

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Graphics Photography

Reflections

Vintage graphic design of nature through photography, as a late afternoon sun reflects across the glistening waters of Lake Superior, on a bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. See more.

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Nature Photography

Lake Superior Horizon

This photograph of Lake Superior was taken in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, highlighted with a digital watercolor frame effect. See more.

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Nature Photography

Snow Goose Steps

Close-up black and white photography featuring goose steps imprinted across a snow-covered field. See more in my gallery.

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Photography Structures

Layers of Rock And Light

This photograph was taken under a bridge on the Huron River (Ann Arbor, Michigan), as morning sunlight reflected on structural pillars and across several layers of stacked rocks.

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Miscellaneous

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!

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Nature Photography

Vintage Lake Superior

Ever changing sands and stones along the shores of Lake Superior, shaped by unpredictable waves of white water, welcome both the tourist and beachcomber to absorb the beauty of Michigan’s upper peninsula.

I’ve added this vintage image to my gallery at Pixels.

Stop by for a visit, sometime.

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Photography Structures

Black And White Winter

This black and white photograph was shot inside of an open Greek Revival structure, located at Island Drive Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now, it’s in my gallery at Pixels – check it out!

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Nature Photography

Golden Shade of Autumn

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).

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Nature Photography

Lighthouse On Lake

Enjoy my digital rendition of a lighthouse at the end on a rocky pier. Based on a Lake Superior photograph taken at Marquette, in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Guests are invited to visit my galleries at Redbubble and Pixels to see more.

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Photography Structures

Painted Alley

Located near Liberty Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this photograph features an alley spray-painted in layers of graffiti. Guests can visit my gallery at Fine Art America to discover a variety of print types featuring this image.

Check it out!

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Nature Photography

Goslings In River

Camera-shy goslings look away while practicing synchronized swimming maneuvers in shallow water along the Huron River, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visit my gallery at Fine Art America for a variety of available print options.

Thanks!

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Photography Structures

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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.

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Miscellaneous

Fitness Flashback

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.

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Nature Photography

Upper Peninsula Shores

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!