I headed South toward Gen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes Trail this afternoon and stopped by Sugar Loaf Resort (or what used to be). The main chalet and hotel building is now completely demolished. Only a couple hotel buildings remain and only a single light pole and chairlift pole remain on the hill.
From there, I drove down to the road that takes you to the Cannery on Good Harbor, but if you go straight, it takes you down a short dirt road to more trails linked to the Cannery area. If you pay attention on the main trail, there is another steep trail up the dune, through the trees, that takes you to another area not very well travelled.
There are areas where there used to be a layer of snow, with the sand untouched by the wind, recently melted and perfectly smooth, waiting for someone to make some deductions on what exactly happened.
Other areas show interesting patterns from the wind on wet sand freezing and thawing over the last couple weeks.
This old dune pine acted like a trail marker, but it also made for an interesting composition. The next photo shows how I set up the camera for this.
I will be at the Art Shanty again this year in Fishtown from 6/28-7/4
Thanks to everyone who has supported our project throughout the years. We all know how special and “one-of-a-kind” this area is and we have enjoyed bringing out that uniqueness in our images. Love to you all! -Keith and Jim