A true winter turns Lake Michigan into territory, with solid surfaces and expanses that are appealingly alien. After a long stretch of sub-freezing weather, and with more snow in the forecast, we headed out for a visit to the Warren Dunes.
The surface of the Great Lake is almost entirely frozen, an incremental process taking many, many days. The ice, which forms gradually, is shaped differently each time, capturing the dynamic peculiarities of winds, currents, waves.
The dune land radiates a soothing monotony, with greys and browns breaking against the snow-blanketed sand. This day was snowy and heavily overcast, which did nothing to keep the joy-seekers away.
In fact, conditions were harsh, the wind soon persuading us to head for the car. In the meantime, many families had come out to sled the dunes.
From the comfort of the car, we felt the joy of the sledders on the hill.