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.

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. mbuckstudio.com


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.”

GRETCHEN DORIAN is a boating photographer based in Brutus where she has established a reputation for fine boating photography, both power and sail. Her photos have been published in a variety of magazines including Wooden Boat, SAIL, ESPN, Sailing World, and Lakeland Boating.

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. She lives in Detroit, where she can be found running along the Riverfront or in her backyard reading/scrolling through Twitter.


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.

ANDREW JOWETT is a free-lance photographer and photojournalist based in Port-Huron where he also is staff photographer for the for the Port Huron Times Herald. Andrew specializes in adventure, lifestyle and landscape photography. Water is a major source of inspiration and often appears in his works.  

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.


WES MILLS is a 35-plus-year veteran of TV journalism. He likes to clear his mind along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, with a large cup of coffee in hand. Wes lives in Granger, Indiana, where he oversees the news operations of a nationally syndicated agribusiness TV program and website.

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 prolific Holland-based artist’s fine quality limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at gwodmark.com.



AARON PETERSON is an outdoor adventure photographer and filmmaker based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He is a regular BLUE contributor.  Aaron helped define the region as an active-travel destination.  In 2016 he helped launch the Fresh Coast Film Festival, a celebration of the landscape and outdoor culture of the Great Lakes region.


From his Grand Haven home 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. flicker.com/photos/jqphoto

KIM SCHNEIDER has explored nearly every corner of Michigan as a travel writer and photographer in her continual search of adventure, wildlife, great food and great light. A long-time journalist and former magazine writing instructor,  Kim works as a freelance writer and editor from a home base in Michigan's Leelanau County

DIANNA STAMPFLER is a freelance writer in Petoskey and regular contributor to Michigan BLUE Magazine. She is president of Promote Michigan.

PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI is an award-winning former Detroit Free Press reporter. 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. 


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.

JULIE BONNER WILLIAMS is a devotee of nature, history and literature. Julie is an award-winning poet and a professor at Grand Valley State University. She is now working on her first novel. She lives on the lakeshore with her husband, four horses, four dogs, several organic, free-range chickens, turkeys and ducks, and a mule named Amos.

CHRISTOPHER WINTERSis an award-winning author and recipient of the Great Lakes Historian of the Year award from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit. Chris is a lifelong student of Great Lakes maritime history. He is the staff photographer at Discovery World museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he is the official unofficial photographer of Wisconsin’s Flagship, the S/V Denis Sullivan.

JENNIFER WOHLETZ is a photographer, writer and independent book publisher who enjoys boats, boating and living on Mackinac Island where she and her daughter have established a business called Mackinac Memories.


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.