Category Archives: Travel

Las Vegas Neon Museum

Good Morning Vegas

Here are some photos of the landscape around Las Vegas that I took from my downtown hotel this year. I loved seeing the mountains around Vegas. I love the desert and Vegas and can’t wait to go back and explore more through photography.

SWMCCC Photography Weekend

In July, I attended the SWMCCC, or ​Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs Weekend of Photography hosted at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. This is a three day photography workshop and learning opportunity full of classes, lectures and opportunities to shoot. I enjoyed the weekend as the speakers were engaging and the weather in Holland was warm and sunny.  I learned  a great deal and got to practice some new techniques with instructors on hand to help. It is sometimes easy to forget just how much there is always to learn and practice in photography. I think that is one of the aspects of this hobby that I love so  much, you can always keep improving and trying new things. is the site for the camera club if you are interested in attending next year.

Here are some photos I took while on lunch break around Holland at the Farmers Market, on Hope College campus, and downtown.

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Here are some photos that I took in two separate macro photography classes. In once class we discussed light boxes and photographed jewelry, and in the other class we talked about photographing insects and photographed two mantises.

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Here are photos that I took on a guided night photography walk in Holland.

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Port Austin Art

Saguaro Day Dreams

I am at home sick today nursing a winter post-holiday cold. As a form of mental therapy I am thinking about the winter in Arizona, dry, cool, and sunny, with puffy clouds. Last winter, I visited Arizona for a week’s vacation through the Saguaro National Forest and Sabino Canyon. I brought along an infrared camera to emphasize the contrasts in the desert. I think it helped capture the otherworldlyness of the Saguaro Cacti. several of these images were exhibited recently at the Plymouth Cultural Center in the group show Different Perspectives, in which I was honored to participate in. Hopefully in the future I will have more opportunities to exhibit these images in galleries. On days like today when I’m feeling cold and sick, I use my photography as a mental escapes, a portal to day dreams of other lands.

Different Perspectives- New Show

Three photographers from three different backgrounds join together in one gallery show and sale to exhibit their perceptive on the art form they love. John Anugus, Amy Lockard, and Syliva Ford have all exhibited their photographs in galleries and in art competitions throughout Michigan and internationally. Join us this September at the Plymouth Community Arts Council for an exhibition of photography celebrating the different perspectives of these three photographers. Opening reception is on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 4 PM to 7 PM. The event is free and open to the publicDifferent Perspectives poster REV8-30jpeg (1). The entire exhibit runs for the month of September.

Foggy Afternoon in Lansing

I took this photo a few weeks before Christmas on a road trip through Lansing. The afternoon was foggy and these smoke stacks caught my eye. This was just a few blocks from downtown.

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Black Star Farms

Late in Fall 2013 I took a trip out to Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan. Here are some photos from my stop at the Black Star Farms Winery. It was a cloudy cold day, but the photos of the vineyard and farm were moody and beautiful, and the wine was delicious. The Chardonnay is my favorite.

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Mad for a Capp

In downtown Grand Rapids, there is a lovely coffee shop called Mad Cap coffee. I first stumbled upon this place when visiting the city for Art Prize in 2012. I fell in love! This the first place I learned of “pour over” coffee, which is delicious and worth the wait. There are no Pumpkin Spice frappacinos here, but there is beautiful latte art and delicious coffee. Waiting in line on my visit this year I heard another customer say that Mad Cap is one of the best places in the country to get a coffee, he could be right.
Here are some pictures form my first experience at Mad Cap in 2012, and below that, in the slide show, are photos from October 2014. As you can see, the coffee shop has evolved, as have my photo skills.

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Art Prize 2014 and GR

I was a participating artist in Art Prize this year, and so i spent a weekend in the lovely city of Grand Rapids walking around in the beautiful sunny fall weather photographing the art. I get such a buzz from all of the amazing creativity that Art Prize exhibits, art is truly one of the best things of human nature. This was in mid-October, the last weekend of Art Prize 2014.

Here are some photos.