Entries by philblock@yahoo.com

Touring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is my favorite getaway destination. The “U.P.” is freedom — freedom from crowds, pollution, traffic, crime, big cities and all their problems. The U.P. is woods, water, pure air, small towns, friendly people, great hunting and fishing, many historic attractions, and an abundance of natural beauty. Whether your passion is outdoor sports […]

Historic Copper Country Cemeteries

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Copper Country spreads the length of Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. The mines were very dangerous places to work, and many men lost their lives working there during the 1800s. The gravestone photos featured in the Historic Cemeteries galleries give mute testimony to the hazards those men faced. Medical care in the […]

Copper Country Mining Heritage

I spent my college years at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. MTU was established in 1885 as the Michigan College of Mines, for good reason. It’s located in the heart of Michigan’s “Copper Country,” which runs from White Pine to the southwest for over 100 miles to the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Along the […]

Nature and Scenic

Throughout my life, I’ve enjoyed the outdoors. As a youth, I was introduced to field archery and family camping. In my teenage years, my father taught me to hunt and fish. As an adult, I discovered hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and even golf. To most of these outdoor pursuits, I added photography. As the decades passed, […]

Great Lakes Maritime

For most of my life, I’ve lived near the Great Lakes, either in Michigan where I grew up, or in Wisconsin, where I came to rest following three job relocations. The proximity of the Great Lakes and the many photo opportunities they offer led me to begin photographing lighthouses in the early 1980s. Throughout the […]

Antique Circus Wagons

Wisconsin is home to a treasure trove of circus history. Located in Baraboo, Circus World Museum includes several of the buildings used as winter quarters by the Ringling Brothers Circus. The grounds and original buildings in this section of the park, called “Ringlingville,” are a designated a U.S. Registered National Historic Landmark. The W.W. Deppe […]

Legacy Galleries

Today I finished building the Legacy galleries on the new BlockPhotos.com. Things are heading in the right direction. Next I’ll start building the Modern galleries. Still a long way to go!