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One of the keys to successfully taking good photos is dedication. Almost every day I go out for a walk and take photos. However, there is a lot more that goes into frequently creating unique and interesting images. The three ingredients that I am going to highlight today are planning, preparation and patience.

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Fall Paddling on the Galien River

While some fair-weather paddlers pack up their kayaks and paddleboards after Labor Day, others know that September and October are the best months of the year to be on the rivers of Southwest Michigan. The bugs are gone, the temperatures are just right, and the fall colors are in full bloom.

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You may hear a lot about Southwest Michigan and our beautiful sunsets, towering sand dunes, picturesque beaches or the fun events that take place here, but what about the unique communities that make this area so special? Each one stands out with its own character and charm, which is why you’ll want to visit:

Three Oaks Against 

In honor of its Sesquicentennial, the heartwarming and entertaining history of Three Oaks comes to life through story and song on September 9 and 10. The Acorn Theater is host to this free event (reservations recommended).

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The craft brewery scene is blazing in Southwest Michigan. New breweries are opening along our Makers Trail each year. One of the newest is Haymarket Taproom, 9301 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. It is the Michigan location for the much-acclaimed Haymarket Pub & Brewery, arguably the best brewpub in Chicago. We talked with award-winning Brewmaster Peter Crowley while he was on this side of the lake. Here’s what he shared:

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