I tried out my new camera along one of the beaches at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Cotton wood trees survive here in the migrating sand because they can grow new root systems higher up on their stems as needed.


On Memorial day, a loop on the Sleeping Bear Plateau is a popular family trail.


Sometimes, I think of Georgia O’Keefe, when I look at the shapes such as the elevation shown here, dubbed ‘silicon’ by Masaaki Vada , a friend of Troels.


The dunes, of course, abut on water, as here, where Otter Creeks spouts into the Big Lake. Like David , I am interested in aerial views. A Google map excerpt to the right shows the area photographed here with Otter Creek at the bottom and Empire bluff at the top, 2 miles away. I am fascinated by my necklace on the slope of the Empire Bluff. The naked half ring, reddish with clay, has been slowly moving down over the 10 years that I have been watching it – dynamic dunes.


We are happy for overcast days. The light reflecting off the lake can be very strong.

Here, poplars but not the Big Lake are touched by wind.


What is my Sense of the Place? I enjoy exploring its many faces – wandering dunes, scrubby junipers, lush maple and beech forest. While Troels is planting berry bushes and trees, I am on my artistic quest. I cannot import Karl here to paint the dunes.

There may be a niche for art combining humans with dunes such as the above children and my sister, dreaming on a ‘perching’ dune. While Sunil is fascinated by faces, I am intrigued by whole body expression.

I am now playing with different materials to find the one for which I have the most affinity.