I headed straight north into the dunes and then veered to the northwest. I decided that I wanted to get some vigorous exercise and hike up to the highest dunes. I just love walking by some of the transition zones where forest meets dunes.
A week or so ago we had the severe thunderstorms. Since then I've noticed these patterns down the faces of the steepest dunes. They appear to have been formed by runoff.
Here is a shot of a fairly big gravel bed -- right in the middle of the dunes.
Every day there is something else blooming.
The view from the highest point in the Grand Sable Dunes is incredible. The second picture below was taken looking east-northeast from where I was standing. I've labelled where the breakwater lighthouse, First Creek mound, and Grand Marais bay can be seen in the photo.
Although the vistas in this area of the dunes are among my favorite, you have to keep watch for the little micro-scenes.