To make the 21st Senate District office feel more like home, this spring, I invited residents to enter their favorite photographs of southwest Michigan into a photo contest.
The response was overwhelming, with 165 photos submitted. The nine pictures with the most ‘Likes’ or votes were selected as the winners and will be hung in the 21st district senate office.
“American Beauty over Paw Paw Lake,” submitted by Kim Siglow, took first place. As the top vote getter, her photo of a bald eagle soaring over Paw Paw Lake will be hung in the office as well as remain my Facebook profile picture for all of June.
It wasn’t until the contest ended and I contacted Kim, that I learned of the interesting story behind the photo. Siglow told me that her husband took the photo by hanging out of an open, second-story window while she held onto him so he didn’t fall.
The other contest winners, which will all be displayed in the 21st District office, include “Farm Pond South of Berrien Springs” by Dave Coulston; “North Pier Sunset” by Lea Brookes; “Frozen Beauty,” “I Say Apple?” and “Rambo’s Blueberries” by Kathy Allen; “A Morning Swim in Lake Michigan” by Jane Simon Ammeson; and “Huge Waves on Lake Michigan” and “Grapes at Karma Vista” by Cheryl Aldrich Lane Walberg.
All 165 photos can be seen by visiting my Facebook page and clicking on “Southwest Michigan Photo Contest” in the Photos section.
This was an opportunity to allow residents to showcase what makes Michigan’s great southwest such an incredible place to live. Each photo captured the beauty of our region, and I want to thank all those who submitted pictures.