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Lake Michigan just to the west of Southwest Michigan is more than just pretty beaches and magical sunsets. St. Joseph and the surrounding areas benefit from the lake effect on local agriculture, with rolling hills, rich soils and a more moderate climate (plus snow cover in the winter that keeps the crops safe from frigid days). Did you know Southwest Michigan is the 2nd most agriculturally diverse region in the United States?

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Joshua Nowicki Photo of Storm Cloud

Sometimes rainy and gray weather seems like the last thing you’d want to photograph but don’t let that stop you from going out to capture amazing photos in Southwest Michigan. Sometimes the best photos are taken on a cloudy day. Here are ten things to consider on a cloudy or rainy day:

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Planning a spring trip to Southwest Michigan

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The weather is warming up in Southwest Michigan and the telltale signs of spring are popping up all over. Daffodils are peeking out of the ground, blossoms are budding on the trees, and the sweet smell of spring is filling the countryside. St. Joseph is full of spring fun — here are some of our favorites!

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Spring is a wonderful time to get outside and take photos and a great subject for spring is flowers. They are easy to find, you can photograph them in any weather and there are a wide range of techniques for creating images of them. In this blog post I will focus on just a few of the ones that I most frequently use.

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Beach Glass - Colors

Like collecting fossils, stones and driftwood, searching Lake Michigan’s shoreline for beach glass is a relaxing hobby that beachgoers of every age can enjoy. Over the years, when I have been out taking photos along the lake, I would pick up the occasional piece of beach glass bring it home and put it in my ‘junk’ drawer. As the pile built up, I started to notice the differences in shape and color in my small collection. I also began to notice how beach glass had been incorporated in the decoration of friends’ homes and its prevalence in area shops as jewelry and mosaic. As a result, I have started actively searching for beach glass when walking from location to location taking photos along Lake Michigan.

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