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Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:02 am:

For anyone who is just tuning in today, the Pasty Cam is dedicating the remainder of this week as a tribute to Dan Urbanski, a contributor, friend, inspiration and supporter of this site and all of us who visit. Today's selections are typical of shots captured by Dan, with his masterful eye. He saw things that many of us, who race through each day, never spot in our travels. Not only did he see these hidden joys in the U.P., but he shared them freely with all of us, enriching the lives of folks he would never know or meet. Yes, he was one of those rare folks who 'stopped to smell the roses'! Thanks, Dan!

By bel on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:05 am:

good morning

By Kevin K. Lodi, CA. on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:07 am:

Good Morning!
Sad news to hear of the passing of Dan.

By Son of a Yooper, Germany on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:07 am:

Any chance we can nominate 12 Dan Urbanski photos for next year's calendar?

We have had an outpouring of requests to see a 2005 Pasty Cam Color Calendar in memory of Dan Urbanski. Stay tuned for a page where we will display all of Dan's work in one place, for you to choose your favorites.

By Paul, Webberville on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:13 am:

Good morning! Dan's pictures are a great legacy.

By tc, mich on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:26 am:

Beautiful photos! His death is a sad loss to nature-lovers. Look at the water droplet at the bottom of the lady slippers; I think that is his reflection hanging upside down.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:34 am:


By Mistyinyoureyes on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:44 am:

That is outstanding Mary, I commend you for remembering Dan Urbanski this way. Everyone whomever crossed paths with him will appreciate this time for the rememberance of him.

By maijaMI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:45 am:


By smf in troll land on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:49 am:

Good morning everyone

By Donna on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 07:26 am:

What an incredible tribute! Dan's got to be smiling on you all!

By Chuck '65, New Jersey on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 07:39 am:

I have a special place in my heart for Dan and his work. For those of us who never met him we all know him through this site. What a legacy!

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 07:52 am:

A beautiful tribute.

By Kathy, Lansing on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 08:17 am:

Yup, that's Dan hangin' upside down. Good eye TC.

By Kathy, Lansing on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 08:18 am:

Whoops, meant to ask what those top pink flowers are, I know the others.

By Barb, GR MI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 08:23 am:

Good morning everyone.

By Captain Video on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 08:41 am:

It's been a couple of days since I've checked and I just learned of the news of Dan's passing. I want to echo the message of many who have written here about Dan. His work has inspired me as an amature photog to look at the beauty that surrounds us here in Michigan and celebrate it in pictures. Thanks Dan and Thank You for your wonderful vision.

By Dennis, Dearborn on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 08:42 am:

The Pasty Cam 2005 calendar featuring Dan's work sounds like a very good idea to me.

By Bob, Minnesota on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 08:46 am:

Excellent idea about the '05 calender "Son of Yopper". How about some of the money to be donated to his wife to keep Quiet Wildly open and running?

By Bob, Minnesota on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 09:01 am:

OOPS,put the "ly" in the wrong place. Can't edit my own post.

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 09:13 am:

What an absolutely awesome idea to do the 2005 calendar with 12 of Dan's pix in it, and to dedicate it to him. Wow, though... How to pick just 12!

I'm all for it, and I'll be there to vote!

By Gordy in Gwinn on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 09:14 am:

Kathy in Lansing, The top flowers are gaywings or fringed polygala. We will all miss Dan and his ability to find beauty in what most of us overlook.

By Kate, CA on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 09:18 am:

I applaud you for honoring Dan Urbanski in this way. I've always enjoyed seeing the U.P. through the beauty of his vision. He will be so sadly missed. There's a clarity and richness to his photography that makes him special....what a wonderful gift and I thank you for sharing it with us once again. Yes! A calendar of his photos would be wonderful. Perhaps proceeds to his family?

By mckenneyp, GR MI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 09:21 am:

I'm all for a 12 month calendar of Dan's photo's. He sure was an amazing artists!

I have completed my web gallery finally from my vacation last week. Non of my work is as good as Dan's but it's there, or you can go to and get to all my photography, not just UP Stuff.

Hope everyone has a great day!

By Donna, MI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 09:30 am:

Absolutely beautiful! How lucky I am to live in the Upper Peninsula.

By JAD, Oskar, MI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 10:01 am:

What a wonderful memorial!

By L on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 10:13 am:

Dan loved taking photos of Lake Superior during storms. He called himself a ''weather geek''. I think one of his storms over Superior should be one of the photos this week.

By Kathy, Lansing on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 10:28 am:

Thanks Gordy in Gwinn. Are they protected, or can one get bulbs/rootlings/plants for gardening?

By Jeannie P. MI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 10:38 am:

Beautiful pictures by one who "stopped to smell the roses." How blessed we are that he was so willing to share allowing the rest of us to "smell the roses" via the Internet.
Does anyone have suggestions as to what direction to take to get rid of old Time and Newsweek magazines and some Life and other miscellaneous magazines from the late 60's to early 70's? The local archives and museums don't want them.

By shelly/Misty eyed Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 11:16 am:

Just read Dan's poem from yesterdays post. Hard to find words to express how much of an effect it had on me. Dan put it wonderfully, "Sometimes the disappointment is as deep as the joy".....and I say yes, there is disappointment, but oh for the JOY!

I tell people that we are to have life, and have it abundantly..and I think Dan and his wife were the kind of people who lived an abundant life, and shared it with others.


By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 11:18 am:


I love the idea of Dan's pictures being the material for the 2005 calendar!

By Mark on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 11:29 am:

I want to order the first case of Dan Urbanski calendars for Christmas gifts!
He will be missed by all of us...

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 11:34 am:

mckenneyp: Enjoyed your photos of the Devil's Washtub (that's what we've always called it). I don't think I've ever see the waves coming in like that.

By Charlie Hopper at Pasty Central on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 11:50 am:

Thank you for all the wonderful comments and suggestion for a memorial to Dan Urbanski.

We are working on a page where you can select favorites of Dan's work over the years, to appear in the 2005 Calendar. In the past, proceeds from the calendar have helped support the work with the elderly at Still Waters in Calumet, of which Dan played a big role.

Whenever Dan Urbanski himself appeared in pictures on the Pasty Cam, he often had something on his shoulders - a back-pack, the strap of his camera bag, etc. Yesterday I heard the song by Josh Groban, "You Raise Me Up", and thought how meaningfully the words apply to Dan:

You raise me up,
So I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up,
To walk on stormy seas.

I am strong
When I am on your shoulders
You raise me up -
To more than I can be.

In his younger days
1954 - 2004

By cj on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 11:54 am:

mckenneyp, where is the Devil's Washtub?

By ert, GA on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 12:14 pm:

I think the common name for the pink flowers is Gaywings. I will have to look up the 'correct' name when I get home. Fringed something, I think.

By ert, GA on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 12:16 pm:

Ooops. Somebody beat me to it. Thanks, Gordy in Gwinn. (I have stayed in Gwinn. :) )

By LInda in Genesee County on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 12:25 pm:

Love the 2005 calender featuring Dan's fabulous work. That would be a wonderful tribute to a great contributor to this website.

I also think a 365 day desk calender with the best photos from the previous 7 years of pasty cam would be a huge seller. Anyone else out there agree??

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 12:34 pm:


By SNelson, Littleton CO on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 12:39 pm:

I think the need of the Still Waters elderly is so great that proceeds from any calendar sales should continue. We can support those needs but perhaps have Dan memorialized in the effort by making his photos the highlight. His efforts in helping the Still Waters staff make this sight top-notch, will carry on, and will touch all of us for years to come. We just can't loose sight of the need that prompted the whole reason this sight even exists and has excelled. Still Waters needs funds and they are making every effort to be as self-sustaining as possible. Let's not forget Dan's awesome ability he shared so unselfishly but please remember our elderly. And again thanks to all of the staff at Still Waters who have kept this site going. You've given so much of yourselves so as to give all of us such joy and wonderful memories of the UP. And you still have jobs in caring daily for the elderly under your care. Thank you so very much. Twin B
(Charlie, I'm sure you must be torn with the wonderful ideas to remember Dan as he obviously became a dear friend of yours but having the awesome responsibility of meeting financial needs for those under your care...makes it tough, huh?)

By Lowell MO. on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 01:11 pm:

The greatest tribute to any person is to admire his work. I think that all of us that have seen Dan's pictures have enjoyed them and also seen a piece of the U.P. that we would normaly not see.
A great man and a great Photographer who will be missed by everyone.

By Chris K, Lombard, IL on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 01:36 pm:

When you buy the calendars, just give more in Dan's memory to help Stillwaters. He would like that, I am sure.

Yes, I still am sending flowers for the memorial because I feel that is the right thing for me to do.

By Connie - Colorado on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 01:48 pm:

Dan was a real artist and I will miss his perspective. He gave me one of the most beautiful windows to my homeland and for that he will always be great. He was one of the best photogs I've ever known of.

By Mary Lou on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 01:56 pm:

Jeannie P MI...Why not give the 30 & 40 yr old magazines to a nursing home.......I think the "oldtimers" would enjoy the "old" news because it was a part of their experience. I know many old-folks can't remember what they had for lunch but can remember what happened 30 to 40 yrs ago....

By Mary Brownell , WI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 02:05 pm:

Thanks Dan for sharing your favorite spot to
shoot the Showy Pink Lady Slippers to
another Photographer. We enjoy seeing them
in the flesh. You will not be forgotten.

By Genie, Ohio on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 02:17 pm:

I'm so sad to learn of Dan's passing. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but his beautiful photography has enriched my life every single day.

By bgbw on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 02:58 pm:

How about selling the mags to a collector on
E -Bay.
If you told us here ,they were on E bay I may buy a few. {{send Still waters a few bucks of the profit}} in Dan's name Eh?

By thinking hard here on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 03:01 pm:

All profit from a calendar need to go to Still Waters..Maybe they could support Dan's site for a time in return?

By maijaMI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 03:29 pm:

I agree that calendar profits should go to Still Waters. Anyone caring to make a donation in Dan's name at this time, it's:

Still Waters Assisted Living Community
26096 Elm St.
Calumet, MI 49913

Charlie: of all the pictures we've seen of Dan, I love the one you just posted and vote for it to be used for the dedication page. Also, when you post his pictures for us to vote, please remind us how to vote! Thanks, maija

By mckenneyp, GR MI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 03:34 pm:

Marsha, Genesee/Aura - Thanks for the comments, it was a great day for waves. It's been a while since I have seen waves as high as they were.

cj - Devils Washtub is a little hard to explain, when you come south from Copper Harbor on 26, you will come to a curve to the left, the first spot where you can see the lake after leaving CH. It's easy to miss, but there are spots on the side of the road where you can see cars have been parked. Along the shore you will see some paths headed away from 26. Follow these and they will take you there.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 03:42 pm:

re Devil's Washtub: Don't let the kids run ahead!

By Sarah, WI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 03:44 pm:


It was such a shock to hear of Dan's passing. Please pass on my condolences to Dan's Family. We have two of his pictures on our bedroom wall. It makes you realize that even during the stressful times you endure, there is always beauty around you. What an excellent idea of having the 2005 calendar dedicated to him with his pictures. I'll for sure be a buyer!


By Patty Urbanski on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 04:18 pm:

I'll pray the calendar sells well and provides much needed funds
for the Still Water Community. Dan would want that and would
be DEEPLY touched by all the thoughts and prayers.

Patty Urbanski

By Schasse---Eau Claire Wi. on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 04:30 pm:


We've always been amazed of the unique beauty of Dan's photos. What a gift he had in bringing nature to life. We will all miss his creations. We are totally in support of having a tribute of Dan's accomplishments posted in a monthly or daily calender.

Ken and Marilyn Schasse

By ywb/yooperwannabe/richmond on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 05:04 pm:

Patty Urbanski,
Thank you for sharing Dan with all of us. Even though many of us never met him, we all feel like we have lost a close friend. Please know that we are all praying for you.

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 05:33 pm:

People have mentioned having some of his work; is there a website where one can order prints?

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 05:35 pm:


go to:

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 05:49 pm:

Thanks Audrey...

Did you go on your trip? How was it? What did hubby think?

By I wanna move home on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 05:49 pm:

I am always touched that talented people like Dan Urbanski, or people like john Dee who could do well anywhere come to the Keweenaw as visitors and "get" whats special about it. Bless you Dan!

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 05:57 pm:

You're welcome. Not yet, we leave Sat, Aug 28, so the count-down has begun! I am so excited, and am so distracted with everything in life these days except one thing - our upcoming trip to the UP! However, I am enjoying the anticipation, and once we're there, I'll want time to crawl to a standstill.

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 05:59 pm:

Shelly... and thanks for asking!

By UPlover2 on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 06:06 pm:

I agree the proceeds of the calendar sales should go to Still Waters, as before, but I also would expect some sort of premium to be attached to the calendar price to cover whatever royalties are due the Urbanski family. Professional photographers need to be paid for their "work" to support their families. Let us not take advantage of Dan's generosity of the past to requisition his work now. I too am sad at his passing, and look forward to the opportunity of owning some of his fantastic work, and plan on making a trip to Silver City when I visit in the fall.

By Hey on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 07:33 pm:

very good point about fees!And.. it solves the problem.. a bit.. about doing something for the Urbanski family..

By Ned, Kingsford. on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 07:49 pm:

For those of you that visit the "Devils Washtub", please remember that it is on private property. It would be unfortunate to have this great place fenced off because of the actions (littering, graffiti, etc) of a few thoughtless individuals.

By ra on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 08:12 pm:

You are going to have to add many more months
to the calendar to fit my favorite pictures of
Mr. Urbanski’s work into one year.
Narrowing it down to 12 will be a difficult choosing

By SNelson, Littleton, CO on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 08:18 pm:

I agree as well. The family should be given compensation for any use of Dan's awesome work. Not sure how that works but there should be someone Charlie can work with on the matter. Dan captured the most amazing delicacy of my wonderful Heavenly Father's creativity. I was blessed to grow up in such a place and I don't take it for granted.
A heartfelt "kiitos" to Patty. Your heart must be bursting with joy and pride in having loved him and yet missing him so very much. Your confluence of emotions are understandable especially as you share with all of us his talent and heart for a much loved place on this planet. We are all taking a big deep breath with you as you segue into the comfort of the love you shared and absorbing the enormity of your loss, but not alone.

With appreciation, Sally in CO

By Ms. Katie, Il. on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 08:52 pm:

May the good Lord be with Dan's family and friends. Thank's ,Dan, for seeing for us what our hearts yearn to see. I read somewhere years ago that our final judgement will be whether we used the talents we are given. Dan not only used his talents fully but shared them with us. I especially nominate his photos "Canoe in the Moonlight" , "Frog in the Rain" and the one of the sun setting, bouncing off the whitecaps on The Lake. Truely inspired!

By SarahK, MI on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 10:15 pm:

Dan's Trillium is beautiful too

By Vrsek! nIVKES on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 10:32 pm:

I only knew him through his photography....

A fitting tribute I say.

Rest well, Dan!


By Charlie at Pasty Central on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 11:31 pm:

UPlover2 and Sally,

On a couple of occasions Dan and I discussed the issue of compensation for artistic production. His attitude on the subject is echoed above in the words of his wife Patty, "Dan would want that..." (regarding support for Still Waters). We both recognized a mutual benefit in our working together. Many Pasty Cam visitors have made that "trip to Silver City" which UPlover2 mentioned, or ordered from In turn, the popularity of Dan's imagery (and his example to other photographers) has been of immeasurable benefit to Still Waters and its Pasty Central project.

Dan expressed to me that his photography was more than a job, but a mission, a cause, a labor of love. And it showed in the enthusiasm and quality which came through.

As for his website, Lord willing, the resources of Pasty.NET will always be available without cost to Patty and to Dan's staff. I would hope to see the site continued and even expanded to provide a point of contact in honor of a man who lived his dream and inspired us all.

horizon bound

By jim_greenville_mi on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 12:50 am:

thanks charlie and patty, for letting us know what dan would want. you two, were the closest to him and most certainly knew him extremely well. your imput must be what dan would have wanted. thanks again patty for sharing dan with us. GOD bless you and console you. thanks, charlie for all the kind words of praise about dan and for sharing some of your many memories of dan with us.

By Billy Slimp, Arlington Texas on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 01:31 am:

Although I have never lived up there....but have visited many times...I don't miss a day, coming and looking at the pictures in

I would like to say that my favorite was shown yesterday by Mr. Urbanski.....Above the Clouds.

My God bless and be with his family at this time.

By Me on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 06:05 am:

Yes, the Devil's Washtub IS private property!

And as far as old magazines, or books for that matter..I've donated them to prisons/jails, dropped some at local laundromats, (which typically aren't there the next week when I stop!), or to nursing homes as well.

By kosk in Toronto on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 07:37 am:

I recently returned to Toronto and was
checking through the "back issues" of the
Pasty Cam. So many beautiful, moving and
well deserved tributes to a true artist who
knew how to work with God's palette.

I checked out many of the sites/links
mentioned . The obit in the Ironwood Globe is
excellent, but what really speaks to the man
and his work are the posters, pictures and
Christmas cards to be found at Kiitos Dan Urbanski. Your
work will live on.

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