Friday, July 15, 2011

Lure of the full moon - dance of the sand dunes

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.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ENJOY! What a wonderful way to spend a perfect summer night! :) KW

July 15, 2011 at 8:25 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy the beautiful full moon over the lake!

July 15, 2011 at 3:53 PM 

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