Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sleeping Bear Dunes: Dance of the sun, the moon and the dunes.

All photos by Jonathan Schechter at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
July 15th and 16th, 2011
(No filters used, not images edited of altered.)
Mother Nature at her finest~!

Long ago in the land that is now Wisconsin, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven into Lake Michigan
by a raging forest fire. They swam and swam but soon the two cubs tired and lagged far behind. Mother
bear finally reached the opposite shore and climbed to the top of the bluff to watch and wait
 for her offspring. But the cubs drowned.
Today, "Sleeping Bear", a solitary dune in Michigan
overlooking Lake Michigan, marks the spot where mother bear waited.
 Her lost cubs are the two Manitou Islands.
---an Anishinaaabek Indian Legend  (reprinted from National Park Service brochure)

Detailed information on Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore:

Sleeping Bear is a rugged and dramatic landscape, a masterpiece of ice, wind and weather.
My favorite time to explore and camp in the park's back country remains autumn and winter.
But even in the heat of the summer when the dunes are simmering with heat and tourist flood the roads
 even a short walk will set you free in the ever changing scene of this Michigan wonderland.

The rugged dunes of Pyramid Point, a personal favorite.

A nothern river otter with fish dinner in Good Harbor Bay

Curious fawn near Platte River Point

Full moon over Glen Lake (camera steadied with mini-tripod)

Sunset from Empire Bluff  1

Sunset from Empire Bluff 2
Sunset from Empire Bluff 3

A spider on Empire Bluff prepares for a night hunt against the red sunset
Sunrise  at Platte River Point
Red fox track along the sands of Platte Bay (I followed for 1/8 of a mile)
The Platte River a few hundred yards from Lake Michigan
On the trail down from Empire Bluff.

A reminder to the public on bears.  Bears are common at Sleeping Bear.
A few cougars have roamed the dunes. Wolves may be at the doorsteps.

Even in summer an early morning walk brings solitude in the land of the sleeping bear.


Blogger Ulanawa said...

Absolutely beautiful pics!

July 17, 2011 at 10:18 PM 
Anonymous Laurie said...

Your pictures are absolutely spectacular - and I know there are no alterations (because you don't know how!). How I would love to go walking and camping there! You could make a gorgeous calender of these shots! And of course, the writing as always is great!

July 18, 2011 at 3:00 AM 
Blogger Jonathan Schechter said...

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July 18, 2011 at 5:10 AM 
Blogger Jonathan Schechter said...

Thanks Ulanawa and Laurie!
And next time you visit the USA Laurie--maybe a road trip. It's about 240 miles from me!

July 18, 2011 at 5:12 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! The Park Service - or State of Michigan - should hire you. You are an incredible ambassador for the natural beauty of Michigan, something that "outsiders" may not even be aware of.

July 18, 2011 at 9:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your work is an excellent advertisement for what Michigan has to offer. Makes me want to go visit and exlplore the area!

July 18, 2011 at 9:55 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Laurie....absolutely beautiful book with your writings someday? Thanks for sharing. KW

July 19, 2011 at 5:47 AM 

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