Friday, June 11, 2010

Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan

An American bald eagle scans the horizon from the top of Sleeping Bear Dune, the world's largest moving dune.  The eagle sees a ghost forest of dead trees where shifting sands had covered living trees and then as the sand shifted again, uncovered a stand of dead trees.

In back of the dunes an oak and aspen forest anchor the sand in place with their root systems.  There are deep ravines between the dunes.  A cougar hides in the shadows.

The eagle flies eight miles northwest toward South Manitou Island where he lands, feeds on a dead fish and rests for the night.

to be continued.

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