The Mitten Discoveries

Undiscovered Paths in a Photographic Journey

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Click below to discover all that Michigan has to offer. Michigan is the place to discover exciting hikes in state, local and national parks, unique and historic places, great art, and entertainment at every turn.

Chinook Pier and Musical Fountain — A Family Destination

Summer is one of the best times to get out and enjoy the many attractions at Grand Haven. While many head to the state park, there is another park near[…]

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Sandy Hook Nature Trail – A Constant Changing Ecosystem

The last time I had been to Tawas State Park near East Tawas, Michigan was several years ago. The state park has many activities for the visitor to partake in.[…]

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Ottawa Beach General Store — All the Things Remembered

Just outside of Holland State Park on Ottawa Beach Road is a small general store with a lot of history behind it. Every time I have passed the store with[…]

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About Mitten Discoveries

Two years ago I was at an art show and started talking with a fellow photographer. We both shared the same passion for photography, as it allowed us to capture the beauty of our state. We both wanted to capture all of the state‚Äôs waterfalls, lighthouses and many other scenic landmarks. A couple customers joined in the conversation and could identify the major landmarks of the state. However, they were not aware Michigan was more than just lighthouses and waterfalls. It amazed me how many people I talked to at these shows struggled identifying scenic areas of our state parks, lesser known lighthouses and areas of attraction in our major cities.  I began to wonder if we as photographers were failing to tell an accurate story of what encompassed the state of Michigan and all of its natural beauty, attractions and events.

In photography there is much more involved than just snapping a picture. Yes, there are the techniques and skill involved when using the camera, but photography transcends far beyond that. It is an art form where we can tell our story; the journey we had in capturing the photograph as well as the story surrounding the subject of our photograph. My goal is to tell the story and showcase the path less traveled. Pure Michigan is the Mackinac Bridge, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Tahqamenon Falls. Pure Michigan is also the War Dog Memorial, The Sojourner Truth Monument, and the many historic train depots in the state. There is a story out there and I cannot wait to discover it and share it with everyone.

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