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Gilbert 03-Feb-2012 04:11

Michael thanks for sharing your work. I enjoyed your photographs immensly. I see a lot of photoraphs of Brownsville here which I really enjoyed. Thanks for the posts and keep up the great work!
Bob 13-Mar-2011 18:17
I really like your artistic eye and the diversity of subject matter. I'm from Georgia, but have been in Houston "temporarily" since last April. I wish I had found your site sooner because it has given me some image ideas. One question: can you offer suggestions on the best place to take pictures of the downtown Houston skyline?
Thanks for the inspiration,
Brian Lewke 09-Jun-2010 20:10
'if you have any more pictures of the U.S.S. San Deigo AFS-6. U.S.N.S. San Deigo T-AFS-6 please contact me as I am very interested in them as I served on the San Deigo and we are having our renioun soon
Patty02-May-2010 05:22
I've enjoyed viewing your fine images. This's an excellent pictures. Please sharing your pics in Canada. Your country is very beautiful nature. I'm looking for seeing someday. Thank you very much for sharing.
John Ferebee 23-Mar-2010 04:15
Hello Michael,
I have enjoyed your photos, thanks for posting and sharing your work.
Do you have more photos of th USS Des Moines during the scrapping process?
JoAnn 18-Mar-2010 16:23
Seeking photo taking tips!! We are off to England in 2 weeks and seeking photo taking tips. Got any?
JoAnn (your sister)
Randy 20-Feb-2010 15:03
Great photos - thanks for sharing - do you or does anyone on your blog know where I can find the largest archives of historic photos of Brownsville? Am coming to Brownsville the weekend of Feb 26th and I am looking for an old photo of Records House of Music located at 1020 Elizabeth Street which operated from about 1928 to 1935 and may have been next to J. C. Penneys? Ralph R. Records sold pianos and Columbia grafanolas (phonograph players) at his store as well as old phonograph records - His name was Records and he also sold them - HA ! thanks Randy
Marilyn Blake22-Jan-2010 17:48
I just looked through some of your galleries, esp the blogs- love your photos, you've inspired me!!
Janette 16-Jan-2010 19:58
Thanks for sharing all your wonderful pictures! I am from Brownsville and your gallery of photos helped me share some Brownsville memories with my husband.
Jean-Jacques Vandamme13-Jan-2010 20:18
Most interesting collection of things that float ...
For more of same, please see my MARITIMES gallery in
Marg Martin 21-Jul-2009 23:31
Hey Mikey;

I love looking at the pictures, they make me a little home sick.

Hope all is well! Love Marg & Bill & Dan & Pat
mary martin 01-Jul-2009 23:15
finely back online but I had to make a new facebook page. And I decided to use gmail
Mary Catherine
toxaphene20-Jun-2009 01:13
Your gallary is wonderful! The CSS design is also nice, thanks a lot
Michal Leszczynski28-Oct-2008 14:51
Hello Michael,
Your photos are wonderful.
Best regards, Michal
Earl Misanchuk19-Oct-2008 15:24
You have many fine galleries, Mike. For reasons unknown, this is my first exposure to your work--but definitely not the last.

While I really liked some of your recent work (esp the approach and goodbye to Ike), it is your "oldie" shots of Newfoundland that I like best. I have been fortunate enough to have visited the rock half a dozen times over the years (once for 6 weeks) but that was in the days when I wasn't doing much photography. It's been far too long since I've been there; your photos helped intensify the longing to return.
Michael Martin15-Sep-2008 18:04
15Sept2008 - Power back up at 12:45pm.
Michael Martin15-Sep-2008 18:03
Well...electricity went out at 10:30 pm Friday as Hurricane Ike was about to hit Galveston. It is now Sunday 9:20 pm and still no power. Hopefully, it will be up soon. So for friends and family, we're okay and waiting for life to get back to some sort of normal.
rinjani 31-Aug-2008 02:25
Micheal, I have only looked at few and am amazed at your skill in capturing the images. I intend to return and take my time walking thru your gallery. Pat
JoAnn 16-Jul-2008 12:35
Mikey, You never cease to amaze me.. the photos are beautiful and are proudly displayed on my desktop. Love your sister, JoAnn
Possiel12-Jul-2008 05:52
If only there could be more talented people like you on pbase...
Ralph L. 10-Jul-2008 12:50
Hello Michael, I am over the SHIPSPOTTING page on your website reach. The photos are very good. I particularly liked the pictures of the ships ... Many greetings from Germany (
James Savage 19-May-2008 17:22
Michael I want to thank you for the picture you posted of the USS Jason in Brownsville. I served aboard her from 1976 through 1979. If you have any other pictures of her I would like to see them.
clayton 13-May-2008 23:15
hey mike love the old ship photos i served on the uss sacremento for three year but never got to see her dcomed thanks for doing her justice sorry i coped the shortcut of her before i read the message about asking but i would like permision to copy any photos of her that you have thanks in advance clayton buechler
Ronnie Smith 25-Apr-2008 07:44
I served on the USS Jason AR-8 , from April 19,1989 to October 31,1992 worked in R-1 Div. in the shipfitter shop . Did two westpacs while on her. She sure was a great ship makes me sad to see her like she is now. HT2 Ronnie Smith
River Rocket 23-Apr-2008 11:49
The pictures you take are pretty cool. :-} Maybe if you have time on may 04, 2008, you can take some pictures of the Pedal to Padre riders. At the light house in Port Isabel, Tx, at around 12:00 p.m. hope you can make it. River Rocket member.
mary martin 03-Mar-2008 00:57
if you haven't done it already send me your new address.
just about the whole family is on facebook.

I am OK, have my checkup MIR tomorrow (monday)
mary catherine
Jose Jilote 14-Feb-2008 04:30
Hi Michael I googled my last name and your picture of Jilote Net Shop came up. I thought how ironic any ways the shop belongs to my dad. Nice shot wish I was still taking photos like that.Bet it would look great in black and white.
BILL LAYTON 24-Jan-2008 18:46
kimene S24-Jan-2008 10:56
Thankyou for the CSS sheets Michael! Bless you! ..such an amazing eye and talent.!
Darbowski22-Jan-2008 22:28
Merci de ta visite et de tes commentaires, j'aime beaucoup tes galeries superbes et si riches et je reviendrai régulièrement les visiter ! A bientôt...
Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret 01-Jan-2008 02:27
GREAT WEB SITE! We have added a link to our monthly newsletter so that more veterans can be made aware of this tremendous resource. Also, please visit our web site to learn about hidden benefits you are eligible for and how to increase your service-connected compensation or VA pension.

www. veteranprograms . com
JoAnn 20-Dec-2007 17:21
Hope you have a great Christmas. I will call this year to say hello. Love JoAnn
Guest 19-Dec-2007 19:18
Merry Christmas

Mary Catherine
David Lefors 13-Dec-2007 20:15
Great picture of the USS Sacramento AOE_1.I was an original crew member.So sad.
David Lefors
Bilsen31-Aug-2007 02:27
Thank you for the two CSS sheets I'll be using. Nice work.
Andrys Basten12-Jul-2007 10:17
Wow, that is one terrific cloud picture on the front page ! A lot of impact.
Guest 08-Apr-2007 13:33
Very Impressive PBase site. Thanks for the help on changing CSS sheets in the forum. It took me a while for the process to sink in - to figure out all the steps. Now I can start playing around; your site is an inspiration.

Dean Eades BirdMad - BirdGuides Photo of the Year Winner 25-Mar-2007 22:19
Nice Gallery
mrclark28-Feb-2007 04:48
thank you for sharing your work on your style sheets if its ok I might use one or two of them on my page.

thanks again
Jean Chiasson09-Jan-2007 00:23
Sorry, but I don't know where is it.
Guest 30-Dec-2006 14:13
Thanks for your help Michael! I finally figured out how to post the pic!!
Timco van Brummelen06-Dec-2006 23:53
thanks for the tip to put .jpg behin the url. Couldn't understand why the pics didn't show up. Timco
Avshi Goldberg29-Nov-2006 12:02
Hey michael,
Raaly enjoyed browsing through your galleries and watching your excelent photos.
Keep up with the good work :)

j>a>e>17 :):):)08-Nov-2006 00:28
Hello Michael, I would totally miss fall living where you are now...I so understand how you miss Canadian autumn... as you say, no winter "fun" that we have here by Lake Michigan : ) I'll definitely record snowy scenes that soon will be here for you in mind...Keep creating as you DREAM~~~DARE~~~DIVE ON!!! Have an awesome one, John : )
Steve Dietrich 19-Oct-2006 04:12
I saw a photo of yours of the USS Roark on another web site that you took back on June 6, 2006. I am sure you have been asked this many times, but do you have other pictures of the Roark? Are any of these photos of her being cut down to size or can you tell me is any part of her still around? She was my first ship and I served on her from 74-75. I was on her when she went into the shipyard in Long Beach, Ca for her first overhaul cycle and I can honestly say that she never looked that bad.

I hope you keep taking photos of these proud & mighty warships on their final voyages.

Bravo Zulu
Jim Shaw 08-Oct-2006 16:51
Michael - We're noting the passage of Des Moines in our next issue and would like to use your photo of her entering Brownsville channel and posted on the cruiser's website, which we would credit to you.

Jim Shaw
News Editor
Ships Monthly (
Joe Rhods 24-Sep-2006 15:47
I live in the Philly area and have seen the USS DES MOINES from I95 and while I visited the Old Philadelphia Navy Yard. Could you provide additional pictures of the old gal while she is being recycled.. It too bad that she was not saved. Hopefully, at min the steal does not find its way to China. Thanks!
Edgar 23-Sep-2006 23:49

I just wanted to comment that your pictures are great, espcially the ones of Corpus Christi!
The ones you have to the sun rising and setting are the best!
Keep it up!
You do South Texas Proud!!
Joe Gardella 19-Sep-2006 17:46
Michael -
I would like permission to use your photos of the Rodgers, Moosbrugger and Hancock to add to the Navsource.Org site that contains pictures of all US Navy ships. These pictures will show the end of those ships and it is a vital piece for the folks that served on them to see where they went. I will credit you for the photos (they are great pictures). Please let me know. Thanks!
Karl Gillette 16-Sep-2006 00:59
I just came across your photos of the cruiser Des Moines and destroyers John Rodgers, John Hancock and Moosbruger at Brownsville, TX. They are GREAT. I served on John Rodgers back in the the early 1980's so it was a bit sad to see her in the shape she now is in. I was wondering if you have any other images of ships in the process of being scrapped (or recycled as they now call it)? Would it be possible to obtain a copy of the photos of the above ships and any others you may have of warships being scrapped at Brownsville? Thank you for your time.
Heather Martin 13-Sep-2006 21:30
Hi Uncle Mikey!
I Haven't been in touch with you in a while. Everyone is doing well. Robby has two boys...Ethan and Austin.
I am now living in Fort McMurray, Alberta teaching at a high school.
These are great pictures.
Doug Walters 19-May-2006 05:49
Dear Michael:

I just viewed your photograph of USS John Rodgers tied up in Brownsville. I agree it is sad to see her that way. USS John Rodgers was my first TAD assignment while I was in the Navy and I spent a six-month deployment on board in 1993. I was wondering if it would be possible to get a copy of that photograph from you. Thank you for your time and keep up the good work.
Michael Martin16-May-2006 14:53
At first, I was planning on just replacing my Olympus D-370 that I use at work. It is in rough shape...still works fine..but is just 1.2MP and now you can buy a Kodak 4MP at Circuit City for $85 or so.

So that was the idea. I went to Circuit City to have a look at the Kodak. I decided that maybe it would be better to get a good point and shoot to replace the Nikon, which, like I said has fallen on tough times. I recently went to a wedding and the Nikon failed miserably...I have about 8 good 2300+ mAhr NiCad, yet the Nikon drains them in minutes, or it thinks the batteries are dead (Firmware problem). So, I went looking for a new point and shoot for mainly me, but also for my wife...who doesn't want to bother with the DSLR. The Lumix TZ1 is top of the line with it's equivalent 35 - 350mm zoom Leica lens. The reviews where about 95% positive, so I decided to go for it. I had read somewhere that Panasonic had teamed up with Olympus so I felt comfortable with the technical capability of the Lumix. In my opinion, Nikon dropped the ball with it's non-DSLR cameras.

Anyway, that's the long and short of it. Thanks for the interest.
Gilbert Gonzalez 16-May-2006 13:48
Why did you decide on the Panasonic TZ1 rather than another Nikon to replace the 3100? Guess it was the somewhat compact size and image stabalizer..

You probably used the heck out of the Coolpix 3100, are you going to keep it or sell it?
Guest 16-Apr-2006 16:04
hi michael

i am looking for info about the E-500

are you satisfied with this dslr and its lens kit ??

thanks a lot

mogens jensen12-Apr-2006 11:37
Dear Michael. Many Thanks. From Mogens.V.Jensen.
Wayne Hill 28-Mar-2006 19:47
Dear Michael

I am constructing a web page of Newfoundland and Labrador and am looking for images. Your's are great. May I use them if I include you as the photographer?
Gary D Martin 13-Feb-2006 23:01
Hi Mike,
I am planning a trip to Laguna Atascosa and found your images via google. They are great. I'm hoping to kayak along the waterways in the NWR and Laguna Madre, and would appreciate your suggestions on best places to put in (I only have one day the end of this month while visiting relatives in Harlingen, and want to find the 'best' place to paddle).
Thanks. Gary D Martin, Austin, Texas 2/13/2006
Raquel 20-Nov-2005 02:02
Your work is really great! There's three photos that caught my eye, and if you could let me know the specific locations I'd greatly appreciate it!
1-is the photo of the beginning/end of riverwalk
2-the photo of the "waterfall" along the riverwalk in front of a corporate bldg
3-is title the plaza if I'm not mistaken
thanks again-keep up the good work!!!
Guest 12-Oct-2005 18:40

Barbrady14-Sep-2005 16:38
Hi Michael.
Thanks for commenting, I went to your page and WOW!
That must have been a lot of work in HTML I guess. I couldn't believe that it was still Pbase.
Browsed true you galeries and voted here and there.
Realy nice stuff.

Thanks for sharing
Keith 08-Sep-2005 16:30
Hello Michael,

Found your picture of the Ocean Warwick through a Google image search. Do you know if any of these rigs lost in the hurricane had skeleton crews on them.

Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.
Keith Peters
Rochelle Illinois
susi lawson07-Sep-2005 23:03
Thank you for visiting my gallery and commenting on my pictures! I enjoyed yours as well!
I am new to this site and thinking of joining, seems like a nice bunch of folk.
Yes! I do use a wacom tablet and it has made a big difference in my editing abilty! Mice just don't paint very well, it is like painting with a bar of soap! Thanks again! susi
Bubba 22-Jul-2005 04:04
Hey mikey I'm way down at the end of the post line or is it posties, anyway if you had used your zoom you would have noticed that I was making the shape of an L on my forhead. Nice to see your picture. I'm here in Borden awastin away.
Lynne Williams20-Jul-2005 00:20

I love your sky pictures. You have a great eye and the colors are so bright and vivid. Good job! Lynne Williams - SD
Carole 02-May-2005 21:21

I really enjoyed your photos of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville. My daughter is getting married there in July of 2006. I went to visit her last week and she drove me by the church. It's great to have your pictures to show to her friends.
M C Martin 26-Apr-2005 15:29
Mike send your current address

Mary Catherine
Benoit Durocher Photographie30-Mar-2005 03:43
Hi Michael , thanks for your nice comments about my galleries. I hope you don't miss Canada too much. You give me an idea , in the next weeks I will go to Sorel-Tracy take some shots and made an album with them , I will advise you when it will be ready.
And by the way , my favorite pictures on your galleries is : H4CS Athabascan , I really love that one.
Thanks again
Bruce Doucet16-Nov-2004 12:12
Great Gallery! I especially enjoyed viewing your vehicle Galleries. They are very professional looking and would make great ad shots for any manufacturer.
Please drop by and visit my Galleries any time.
Bruce D.
eric labajo 11-Oct-2004 14:43
Hello Mike! This is Eric of Amfels. I enjoy watchinhg your pictures in the galleries. It's amazing. Keep the good work.
Guest 06-Oct-2004 18:46
Hello fellow! Well .. I've now uploaded some more images .. Take a look if you want. Some of the galleries are under construction but please leave some comments anyway. :) That would be great! I have a friend who's been in Germany now for a week on the köln messe. Have you heard of it? Quite big, the biggest in Europe I think. That's cool!
Hey .. Good luck with everything and have a nice day!
JoAnn 15-Sep-2004 18:26
Hello Michael

You have some great shots on your web site. You have made alot of changes since the last time I visited. I want to send a picture of the "Grand Princess" which recently visited St. John's. Email me back and I will forward it. I promise I will keep in touch.

Guest 13-Sep-2004 15:32
HI, thank you to visit my photos album, i have some pictures are just copy and paste, so , there are no skills needed. and thank you appreciate my photos¡C
and sorry that, my english is very bad.
Guest 15-Aug-2004 12:21


Now I'm a real pbase member :) Feels great!
Guest 04-Aug-2004 10:08

As you can see in my new galleries I have found out how to make a simple frame in Photoshop.. All by myself. :) These pictures I have now are pics I've taken with an old minolta camera, everything with mauell settings. Wonderful. :) Would be very glad if you lookes at my galleries and wrote some comments to me.

Mary Catherine 12-Jun-2004 15:10
Hello Michael

I have a new toshiba laptop, so you will have to send me some email. I am keeping really busy with occupatinal therapy and physiotherapy and to me in my new apartment which I am looking at Monday. I will send you my new address.

Love Mary Catherine
(and JoAnn, who typed this message for her; and Richard)
Sherry Morgan24-May-2004 03:00
Hi Mike!

I have really enjoyed looking at your work, WOW! you have captured many incredible images with style! I love photographs that have caught the mood of the moment and your work really does this! I'm glad that the digital era has revitalized your photography interest (it has done the same for me).

Sherry Morgan
(Calgary, AB)
Jeff Cochran19-Mar-2004 18:35
Hello, I enjoyed your photos.Thx for sharing. :)
Billy Boy 21-Jan-2004 18:22
ay mikey send me some stuff and i'll send some back
Robyn 17-Jan-2004 13:25
WOW! I love them! MC sent me and e-mail to come look at the pictures. They are great, the other day I had to look for some baby pictures for the slideshow at my grad and I found the picture that you took of me....picking at a flower. I was such a crazy kid. Anyway, nice shots!