Ghost Forest of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
|All photos by Jonathan Schechter March 10, 2013|
the Sunday, March 17th edition of The Oakland Press
and have swallowed forests and reshaped the landscape. As the dunes continue to move once
buried trees are exposed again; thus the name ghost forest. This ghost forest is found along the Sleeping Bear Point Trail that overlooks the Manitou Passage.
High winds have caused dune blow-outs. Heavy winter rains filled them with water.
Red fox are very much at home in the dune landscape
Deer live in the dunes and ghost forest habitat
As the dunes shift and move to the east, once buried forest emerge again
Dune grasses struggle to stabilize the shifting sands
Look closely, the six foot tall blue trail marking sign is buried by a dune on the move
Fresh shifting sands have buried a section of the trail----
-- and is setting the stage to create a new ghost forest.