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A few miles off the highway, a million miles from ordinary. For some, collecting art is about making an investment. For others, it’s about the need to fill an empty spot on the wall with the appropriate subject matter, size, and color palette.

But the art you’re drawn to is about more than that. It’s about Lake Tahoe, and surrounding areas, and a way of life you revere, even if you can’t live it every day.

Although you may live in the Bay Area, or somewhere else far from the wide-open spaces and landscapes of Lake Tahoe, you have a deep appreciation for the mountain lifestyle, and all the serenity this extraordinary place represents. Freedom, adventure, breathtaking beauty. Skiing, boating, hiking, biking.

Maybe it’s a refresh of photos that have been hanging on your walls for quite some time, maybe it’s taking a memory of Tahoe back home, or maybe you simply want to own a piece of art that expresses the romance, spirit, and grandeur of this enchanting place, and the nature that inhabits it.

I’m Michael Kennedy, freelance writer, photographer and teacher. My stories and photographs capture a way of life that’s a few miles off the highway, but a million miles from ordinary. My work has been featured regularly in Palisades Press (formerly Squaw Valley Times), and Sierra Sun. Featured articles have been published in Tahoe Quarterly Magazine as well: "As The Old Crow Flies" and "A Life Of Lofty Achievement", about local heroes Brigadier General “Bud” Anderson and Stephen Wampler.  

As a writer and photographer, I feel a sense of responsibility to share unexpected moments of worldly or unworldly enchantment, as though I might be held accountable if even the small ones were to go unnoticed. Visual storytelling makes it easier to communicate things of this nature. Landscapes and lifestyles of interesting places and people of Lake Tahoe get me out of bed pre-dawn.

I write to discover on my shelf a new book or magazine which I would enjoy reading, or to see a new composition in the landscape, portrait, or wildlife that would engage me. That’s why the initial work on a new project is so fun, so intriguing: you see the book already bound in the company of other great books, or the photograph framed and mounted, knowing each is lifting and delighting at least someone else in a meaningful way.


You can read my blog posts on this website and learn more about my philosophy and approach to the work I do. Check out some of the awards I’ve received for my work under the "PRESS" tab above, and what people are saying about my work under the "TESTIMONIALS". I invite you to view more photos under the "PORTFOLIO", and don't hesitate to make a purchase for you or someone you care about.

Each month, I spend countless hours and dollars keeping Blue Wolf Gallery going. For over three years, it has remained free and ad-free and alive thanks to patronage from readers and clients like you. I have no staff, no interns, not even an assistant ('though Nicola helps as often as possible) — a thoroughly one-person labor of love that is also my passion and my livelihood. If this labor has made your own life more livable in the past year (or the past three years), please consider aiding its sustenance with a donation by clicking on the DONATE button at the top left of the page. Your support makes all the difference in the world. 

Finally, subscribe for updates (scroll to the bottom of this page. bottom right) to keep up with the latest on my travels and new work, or feel free to reach out to me directly at

Send me a note if you’d like me to place any order for you today. You’ll love the quality of the work and the memories it represents.

Born in Grosse Pointe, MI, I’ve lived most of my childhood between Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Cat Island in the out-island Bahamas. I have a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Florida State University, father of two children, and happily married to Nicola Jane Kennedy. We currently reside in Olympic Valley, Ca.

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A Life of Lofty Achievement

In this Summer 2021 issue of Tahoe Quarterly Magazine, read about Stephen Wampler's incredible ascent of El Capitan with cerebral palsy and how he exemplifies his positive spirit and inspirational message, passing it on through his outdoor camp.

As the old crow flies

In this Summer 2020 issue of Tahoe Quarterly Magazine, read about local war hero, Triple Ace Fighter Pilot, & Living Legend, Brig. Gen. "Bud" Anderson.

Like many boys his age, a young Bud Anderson would run through his yard with a toy airplane held high over his head, dreaming of flying around the clouds with his own set of wings one day...

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