Sandy

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan, on a chilly windswept day in late June. Pewter skies, green-grey water, tawny sand. Green plants where they can keep a foothold.

 

A 750 foot mammoth dune rules on this part of the lake. A couple of tiny dots are people struggling up.

A 750 foot mammoth dune rules on this part of the lake. A couple of tiny dots are people struggling up.

The slot of clear horizon kept its distance all evening. Too bone-chilled to hang around for sunset, we probably missed a brief but dramatic glow.

The slot of clear horizon kept its distance all evening. Too bone-chilled to hang around for sunset, we probably missed a brief but dramatic glow.

Only the mighty-rooted need apply (here, upside down after the cut collapsed) 

Only the mighty-rooted need apply (here, upside down after the cut collapsed) 

Beach pea,    Lathyrus japonicus

Beach pea,  Lathyrus japonicus

A beech - maple forest has conquered the sand further inland. 

A beech - maple forest has conquered the sand further inland. 

Big and little inland lakes. 

Big and little inland lakes. 

Grand Traverse Bay, further north, is full of silvery sand below clear waters.

Grand Traverse Bay, further north, is full of silvery sand below clear waters.

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