Seasoned photographer MICHAEL BUCK is a frequent contributor to various Gemini Publications, along with well-known corporate clients including Amway and J.W. Marriott. Based in Grand Rapids, Buck opened M-Buck Studio in 1996 and does a variety of print, catalog, food, fashion, landscape, portraiture, wedding, real estate and industrial photography.

M. CHRISTINE BYRON and TOM WILSON are fascinated by the history of Michigan tourism and roadside architecture. Their pictorial “Vintage Views” books have received three Michigan Notable Book awards and a State History Award.

SCOTT CASTELEIN is a Petoskey-based photographer and videographer with a deep love of the outdoors. A graduate of the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, MN, he is the principal behind Lake Street Media, a multi-media production company in Petoskey. See his work at

JERRY DENNIS is a renowned Michigan author and BLUE’s Reflections columnist. He lives near Traverse City where he gets away with calling his fishing, hunting, canoeing, birding and beach walking “research.” Author of 11 books, Jerry’s articles and essays have run in more than 100 publications.

ALEXANDRA FLUEGEL is a writer from Grand Rapids who focuses on arts and culture, her work provides glimpses of life in Michigan through its people and the places they make home. Alexandra lives in Hamtramck and may be found running along the Detroit Riverfront, poking around Eastern Market or in her backyard scrolling through Twitter. Follow her on Twitter at @iamalexaf. 

LYNNE MEREDITH GOLODNER is a nationally-known journalist and author of eight. She writes about how people find meaning in the mundane. Lynne lives in Huntington Woods with her husband and four children. She blogs at


BOB GWIZDZ is a Michigan native and career outdoor writer. He served as outdoor editor for Booth Newspapers and now works for the Department of Natural Resources. His work has been featured in many of America’s top hunting and fishing magazines and websites.

HEATHER HIGHAM is a landscape photographer based in Traverse City. She spends as much time as she can outdoors. When not editing photos, you can find her on the trail, in the water, or on the slopes - often with camera in hand. Her work has been featured in several Michigan publications.


CINDY LA FERLE is nationally published journalist and photographer. She divides her time between a 1926 Tudor house in Royal Oak and a 1957 Frank Lloyd Wright home in St. Joseph. When not doing home repairs, Cindy and her architect-husband care for several rescued pets. She’s the author of Writing Home, an award-winning collection of her essays. Find her at

KRISTINA LISHAWA is a nature and wildlife photographer based in Traverse City who specializes in birds, landscapes and night skies. She is a practicing physician and self-taught photographer who got inspired when as a young woman, her grandparents gave her a camera.

SHAWN MALONE is an Marquette-based nature and landscape photographer who has made a name for herself as a night-sky specialist. Her downtown Marquette gallery is called LakeSuperiorPhoto.

JEANINE MATLOW is a Detroit-based freelance writer and regular contributor to national and regional publications, Matlow’s weekly Homestyle column appears in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.


JOHN McCORMICKis a life-long Michigan resident who lives in Edmore who has specialized in landscape photography for more than 30 years. He also is a contributing photographer to the State of Michigan, Getty Images and dozens of national and state publications. See his work at


LESLIE MERTZ is a freelance science writer who has lived in eight Michigan counties, from Detroit’s famed Eight Mile Road to a rustic cabin on the state’s largest inland lake. Today, she lives Up North with her husband in a scenic spot near a branch of Au Sable River.

MARLA R. MILLER is a professional writer and journalist who lives in Norton Shores, where she enjoys the lakeshore lifestyle — camping, hiking, boating, beaching and Lake Michigan sunsets.

Regular BLUE Lake Stories illustrator GARY W. ODMARK also created original art for this Winter Issue’s cover. Renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes, the Holland-based artist’s fine quality limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at

Grand Haven base, prolific photographer JOHNNY QUIRIN is a frequent contributor to West Michigan publications, the Pure Michigan campaign, Midwest Living and Spectrum Health, among others. He keeps equally busy as owner of a full-service school and youth sports portrait company.


LISA M. ROSE is an herbalist and a forager of wild foods and medicinal plants. She is the author of two guide books on the subjects, the most recent is “Midwest Medicinal Plants.” and writes a blog called Burdock & Rose found at She is often found gathering in parks and fields around Grand Rapids.

KIM SCHNEIDER is an award-winning freelance travel writer and photographer who has explored every corner of Michigan. She writes from her home base in Michigan's Leelanau County and is an active member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association.

DIANNA STAMPFLER merges years of print and broadcast media experience with a passion for marketing her home state. She’s been a regular contributor to Michigan Blue over the past 10 years.  She resides in Walloon Lake and is living her dream of living “Up North.”

PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI is an award-winning former Detroit Free Press reporter whose work included Michigan’s lakes and boating. She’s an experienced sailor and veteran of multiple Mackinac races. A lover of all things related to the water, she divides her time between a home in the Detroit area, a lakefront cottage in mid-Michigan and an ocean front condo in South Carolina.


CHUCK WARREN is a licensed captain and freelance boating writer in Grandville. He grew up on the New Jersey shore and spent 20 plus years working in the marine industry. He met his wife Lanie while operating a sunset cruise and followed her back to Michigan where he has fallen for the Great Lakes.

MEGAN WESTERS is a freelance writer and editor living in Jackson. Megan has written for a variety of publications about lifestyle, politics, food, wine and travel. She is the digital marketing manager for a winery and enjoys camping, being outdoors, tea and her dachshund, Oakley.


GLENN WOLFF is a Northern Michigan artist and regular BLUE Reflections contributor Wolff illustrated for the New York Times for 30 years and has collaborated on several books with Michigan author Jerry Dennis.