The land the Lake made

Winter blowout, Warren Dunes, Michigan, © 2013 Celia Her City.

Less than two hours from Chicago lies the alien world of the Warren Dunes.  There one feels the immensity of our Lake and the unusual environments it creates and sustains.  Prevailing winds and waves push the sand of Lake Michigan toward its eastern shore, heaping it up on beaches and gradually forming it into vast and ever-changing blowouts and peaks.

Winter blowout, Warren Dunes, Michigan, © 2013 Celia Her City.

To the shifting matter of this landscape, rugged plants cling.  Dune grasses and evergreens manage to root, and even some flowers and deciduous trees manage to get going, only to be suffocated with sand after a time.

In the winter, snow helps to flesh out the contours of an awesome scene.

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