We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.
This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Michael Schuier!
Meet Michael Schuier! This avid traveler recently made the leap from gerontology student to full-time photographer. You can see what this pro is shooting with down below! A longtime member of the Trover community, he started out sharing finds close to home in Georgia. The feedback from fellow Trovers pushed his photography and travels further. His adventures often focus on the United States where he can travel longer and more frugally, noting there’s a lot to see! In addition to photos, Michael collects sand as a keepsake of his adventures. His mantle proudly displays a colorful array of sandy souvenirs from Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah, North Carolina’s Topsail Island, the black sand beaches of Iceland, and many more. As he pursues photography fulltime, Michael hopes to meet more members of the Trover community. We asked Michael to tell us about his favorite experiences he’s shared on Trover. Take it away, Michael. . .
I was raised by a family who traveled as often as possible. I was instilled with a desire to find new places, to have new experiences, and to explore the natural world. Heading up to Yellowknife was one of those trips that continued the tradition infused within me. Witnessing the Northern Lights was an unequaled moment, a moment I will never forget. Traveling with my mother brought me back to my childhood, and experiencing the Northern Lights revitalized my desire to constantly explore new places and see as much of this world as possible.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
This photo was taken on my second extended solo trip. It was also the trip I believe I finally started to understand photography. I had taken a few photos previously of which I was proud, but I felt they were lucky shots. On this trip I noticed a change in my photography. I tried to understand a scene more. The trip also started a decision to make photography a major part of my life. Antelope Canyon is easily in my top 3 places on Earth. The way light dances off the natural curves of the walls creates an ethereal environment. If you haven’t been I can’t recommend it enough.
Lake Sabrina, California
As I continue to tell the story of my recent trip this place remains foremost in my thoughts. On my adventures, I try to keep an open mind and not force myself to follow an itinerary. I found this location just because I decided to drive down a forest service road. It turned into one of the most magical and beautiful spots on my trip. The light inside the canyon changed every minute and the snow reflected all that light. As I continue my adventures I will always go down the random road, explore the unknown. You never know if you will be back, so why not see everything you are able to.
Michael has kind words of appreciation for his fellow Trovers who make this a positive place to share travel finds. “I would like to thank Trover and the Trover Community for fostering and curating a community like no other. The passion I see for travel and finding the lesser-known places is truly inspirational.” Thank YOU, Michael, for sharing your phenomenal experiences with your Trover friends! Stories like yours are an inspiration.
Be sure to follow Michael on Trover and see what he discovers on his autumn adventure to Nova Scotia. Michael says “there have been quite a few superb posts by Trovers that have piqued my interest in this area. I have never been to the Northeast for fall, but after seeing the color in the leaves this past year shared by others, I know I need to see it for myself.” You can also catch up with Michael on his website Schueir Photography, Instagram and Facebook. Enjoy the $500 for travel, Michael. We can’t wait to see what you discover next!
Cameras: Canon 5DSr, Mavic 2
Lenses: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
Tripod: Benro Mach3
Ball Head: Benro B2 Double Action Ballhead