Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sleeping Bear

I was able to sneak in a trip up north this past weekend.  The weather was quite damp and cold - perfect for plaid scarves and reading by the fire.  To break up the day, we decided to drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to see what we could see.  The dunes were deserted (no picnics or school field trips this time of year) and the view was spectacular.  Can you see the color variation in the water?  The darker the color, the deeper the water.  You can even make out a double sand bar running parallel to shore.

I took this photo from an overlook that is 450 feet above Lake Michigan (the world's 4th largest fresh water lake).  Visitors are welcome to explore the dune and climb all the way down to the water, if they so choose.  The trick is climbing up 450 feet of sand.  For every few feet you climb up, you invariably slide back half as much.

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is estimated to be about two thousand years old.  It is a wonderful destination for nature lovers, tourists and, of course, photographers.  What a sight!

Aside from the endless view, you know what else I loved about this visit?  The only sound was from the wind.


Theresa B said...

Hi Anne! We love visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes. Our family went this past August with friends. The drive from Torch Lake was picturesque as we traveled south and through Glen Arbor. What a great little town! Once we reached the park entrance, the kids took turns reading about the various points of interest from the park brochure in cheesy (bad) European accents. When we reached the dunes, we piled out and trekked across sand, it was endless and scorching hot. But the prize was the spectacular, curve of the earth, sapphire and azure view from above. Possibly a view as beautiful as one found in the Mediterranean? (Of course, I've never been to the Mediterranean!)

Anne Reeves said...

Hi Theresa- What a fantastic trip you had! I love that corner of Michigan so much. Thanks for sharing you memories!

Elaine said...

What a great shot. I would love to visit there some day.