Friday, July 15, 2011
|photo by Jonathan Schechter|
On the northwestern shore of Michigan's Lower Peninsula lies Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a glacially sculpted area of monsterous shifting sand dunes, sparkling lakes, dense beech and maple forests and rolling hills. It is here at Sleeping Bear that nature came togeather with her forces of ice, wind and water to create a terrain like none other. Coytoes, black bears and bald eagles are at home here and a cougar or too and most likley a few wolves have found their niche in this magnificant and diverse landscape that embraces Lake Michigan.
Sleeping Bear is my niche too, to recharge my nature passions and relax by this great lake gifted to us by a retreating glacier. Tonight I will camp somewhere near the dunes watching the full moon rise as she makes night shadows dance. And I'll think back to the Anishinaabek natives who settled here over 3,000 years ago. They too watched full moons make night shadows dance.
For that is the nature of things in the land of freshwater sand dunes.