Michigan

Forgotten Limestone Quarry

This limestone quarry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan used to be one of my favorite swimming spots as a kid, but it’s been closed down and mostly abandoned for the last few years.Calsbar Quarry.jpg

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Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse Poetry Reading

Poetry reading and book signing for “Grains of Sand”!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be reading from “Grains of Sand” at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse in Ypsilanti, MI on Saturday, May 6th. You can find the event invites on Facebook:

Grains of Sand Facebook page

Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse Facebook pageCultivate Coffee & TapHouse Facebook page

Barnes & Noble Book Signing

My very first signing at a Barnes & Noble! I’m looking forward to meeting new people and chatting about the writing process and about ‘Grains of Sand’

Check out the Facebook event, and come see me Saturday, April 8th from 12-4pm in Lansing, Michigan!

Under a brilliant sun

Kissed by the sun
You danced across the landscape
And I watched in amazement

This is an excerpt of a poem from Grains of Sand. To read the full poem, you can download the book via Kindle or purchase the paperback from Amazon.

Grains of Sand
COPYRIGHT © 2016 by Colton Babladelis
Excerpt appears courtesy of Winter Goose Publishing

Cultivating Community Garden

A few sunny days and it already smells like spring! It’s got me dreaming of when I managed the Cultivating Community Garden at the University of Michigan, and thinking about what to plant this year in my own garden.

Cultivating Community Garden

Calsbar Quarry, Gulliver, Michigan

Calsbar Quarry

A colorful glimpse into a unique quarry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This former limestone quarry was filled almost instantly when miners hit a natural spring. The white limestone gives the water an almost tropical color, while remaining crystal clear to see the sunken buildings, equipment, logs, and wildlife at the bottom (about 20 feet deep when this photo was taken). It used to be one of my favorite swimming places, but was drained in recent years to resume limestone mining.