For Lovers of Photography, Travel and Michigan

Good Afternoon, fellow bloggers.  I have two photos in the West Michigan Tourist Association photo contest.  I would be super grateful if you could A) go to the WMTA Facebook Photo Contest post here (this takes you to Facebook), then give my photo(s) a like (if you feel it’s deserved) and also share on Facebook. You can like both of my photos (shown below). Check out other people’s photos too–there’s good stuff showing the beauty of this state.

First place would get my photo on the cover of their 2019 West Michigan Travel Guide, plus a couple of nights at the JW Marriott downtown which my wife and I would enjoy . Second and Third Place would get my photo in the magazine but not on the cover.

Thank you for your time and support!

Photo 1 (takes you to Facebook): Downtown Grand Rapids, MI at night.  Long exposure.

Downtown GR

Photo 2 (takes you to Facebook): The full moon setting over the lighthouse in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Light House

On a final note, I apologize for my absence on the blog.  I’ve been preparing for the Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition in September/October and haven’t had much time to post.  I will rectify that soon!

Spring Also Breaks Things

IMG_2976

This branch fell off of an already dead tree during a spring wind storm.

Still Standing

IMG_2929This tree, long dead, stands at the center of a golf course that is going back to nature.  It’s a fascinating process and this has become one of my favorite places to take pictures.

Japanese Friendship Garden – San Diego

IMG_2801

Walk the Path

IMG_2679-2

Taken on a short trip to San Diego, CA.

Moonset/Sunrise

IMG_2174

This was taken in Grand Haven, MI looking west, shortly before moonset (full moon) in March.  Sunrise was about a half-hour after moonset on this morning.  This is from the same morning as photos I posted a couple of weeks ago, except closer to sunrise from the east.  The sky was getting progressively bluer.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunrise/Sunset

Sunset over Lake Michigan in January, when the ice extended for miles offshore.

IMG_1618

In the End Winter Is Fleeting

A couple more photos from February, when the Grand River was almost entirely frozen over in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.  This same river was badly flooded a mere week later.  See this post for pictures of the flooding.  To a native of the south like me, this scene is otherworldly.
IMG_1776

IMG_1784

Bridging the Ice

IMG_1763-2-3

I’ve lived in West Michigan for about six years. This is the first time I’ve seen the Grand River frozen over from bank to bank. It’s a sight to behold and makes for some unique perspectives.

Photographer Braving the Elements

IMG_9236

The waves eventually got to him, but both he and his equipment were OK.  Taken in November 2017–Grand Haven, MI.