Voyaging: Houghton, Michigan

Voyaging: Houghton, Michigan

To drive into Houghton, Michigan—a small college (Michigan Technological University) town in Michigan’s upper peninsula (U.P.)—is to be welcomed by a tidy, small-business-filled-main-street downtown. It had been years since I’d been there. It didn’t look like a lot had changed, but that’s a good thing. 

Why You Should Always Carry A Camera

Why You Should Always Carry A Camera

When I was going to school for photojournalism, the importance of constantly having an image-making device prepared to photograph was made very clear. Having a camera always ready means that whenever something happens where you’re at, you’ll be able to document it. I remember biking 

Voyaging: Vacationing on the Keweenaw Peninsula with an iPhone and Photo Tips for You

Voyaging: Vacationing on the Keweenaw Peninsula with an iPhone and Photo Tips for You

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula —the U.P.—is a wilderness playground that is as vast and varied as the rocks on its beaches. Every year, we make it a point to find a destination there and stay for a week with family. It’s a fun-filled time filled with 

A National Cherry Festival 2022 Dispatch

A National Cherry Festival 2022 Dispatch

In the middle of Michigan’s coveted and short summer season, in the state’s northwestern sector, is a city where the almighty cherry is celebrated officially for one week. The town is Traverse City and the event is the National Cherry Festival. Traverse City is my 

Quiet Moments in Three Rivers, Michigan

Quiet Moments in Three Rivers, Michigan

When the weekend that we would travel toward Illinois and the mighty Mississippi River drew near, we knew that the eight-hour voyage by car would require us to find a stopover. Breaking up any trip makes it more enjoyable, so that’s exactly what we did. 

How to Stay Creative During Your Workdays

How to Stay Creative During Your Workdays

Being creative and working full-time can be tough. It is tough. Work is necessary to make money for paying bills, buying food and whatever else is needed in life. When there is a need to create though, that need beckons whether it’s a workday or 

The May 2022 Gaylord, Michigan Tornado

The May 2022 Gaylord, Michigan Tornado

A little more than one week ago, on Friday, May 20, 2022, an EF3 category tornado touched down in Gaylord, Michigan. It caused two fatalities, numerous injuries and widespread destruction due to the 150 mph wind speed it reached. It’s extremely rare that such a 

Why Springtime Photography Can Be Great

Why Springtime Photography Can Be Great

The season right after winter and right before summer is a strange one indeed, especially when it comes to photography. Of course, depending on where in the world you are, springtime has different meanings and styles. In the Midwest of the U.S., it’s a time 

Finding a Dinosaur in Kentucky

Finding a Dinosaur in Kentucky

This is a travel story about Louisville, Kentucky, and how we found a dinosaur. Life is too short and discovering new places is too important. So, as summer was winding down in Michigan we discussed plans to take a fall trip. Not for leaf watching, 

A Winter Photo Walk in Cadillac, Michigan

A Winter Photo Walk in Cadillac, Michigan

Ansel Adams had the majestic views of Yosemite Park. Henri Cartier-Bresson had the picturesque streets of Paris. Vivian Maier had the gritty and people-filled walkways of Chicago. If you’re like me though, places like that are not nearby. I learned long ago that there are