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Our Top Photos of 2013

From the spring-green fields of Wisconsin's dairyland to the chilly December waters of Lake Michigan, our photographers captured the Midwest in all its seasons and moods for our stories last year. Here are our favorite shots from the 2013 issues of Midwest Living.

Uplands Cheese Company’s Andy Hatch stands with his business partners near Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Photographer: Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux. Read our story about Wisconsin's dairyland.

The romance of river cruises returned to the Mississippi with the refurbished American Queen. Photographer: Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux. Read about our steamboat journey.

The North Pierhead Lighthouse is just one of the warming sights greeting visitors to the small town of Manistee, Michigan. Photographer: Bob Stefko. Read about our holiday visit to Manistee. 

Rather than let a storied Wisconsin getaway fade into the forest, a Chicago couple bought Camp Wandawega and set out to rebuild the rundown property as a vision of what summer camp used to be. One part: this vintage Boy Scout tent with World War II-era cots. Photographer: Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux. Read about Camp Wandawega.

Artist Linda Volz captures flowers on canvas during the annual plein air (open air) art festival in New Harmony, Indiana. Photographer: Bob Stefko. Read about a spring getaway to New Harmony, Indiana.

A kitchen workhorse if you ever saw one, cast iron moves from stove to oven to grill and even to campfire. Here, caramel in the bottom of the pan melds with a skillet brownie, creating a dessert so rich and gooey that you need a spoon to serve it. Photographer: Blaine Moats. See our skillet recipes.

Sturgeon Bay provides a memorable start to the lake views, forest drives, art galleries and orchards that have made Door County, Wisconsin, famous. Photographer: Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux. Read about a fall getaway to Door County.

This porch, on the cover of our May/June issue, suggests put-your-feet-up visits and wile-away-an-afternoon daydreams. Photographer: Jay Wilde. Read six ways to create an inviting porch.

When the leaves turn and the air gets nippy, it's time to pack a cooler and have some old-fashioned outdoor fun one last time before winter. Photographer: Pete Krumhardt. Read about fall picnic ideas.

In the heart of Springfield, Missouri, Adam and Melissa Millsap share the bounty of their 1 acre at an annual harvest dinner. Here, their daughter, Béla, holds Strawberry. Photographer: Nate Luke. Read about Urban Roots Farm.

After Labor Day, autumn stretches ahead like this country road, winding through a few glorious weeks of corn mazes and apple cobbler, home games and scenic drives. Photographer: John Noltner. Read more about why we love fall.

The fantasyland in this wooded Wisconsin garden reflects the owners’ joy in indulging their imaginations by creating colorful mosaics and reusing old objects. Photographer: Bob Stefko. Read more about this garden.

Pictured on the cover of our March/April issue, these rain boots filled with tulips make a sweet and simple spring centerpiece. Photographer: Bob Stefko.

We picked our favorite campgrounds in categories for scenery and for amenities—then crowned five as “supercampgrounds” that have an amazing combination of both, including this Hayward KOA in Hayward, Wisconsin. Photographer: Nate Luke. See all our picks for top campgrounds.

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