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Roughly elliptical

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Beach Sand Patterns 8298

If you thought I’d show only one set of patterns from the beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on June 17, you don’t know me well. Here’s another.

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September 6, 2016 at 4:35 AM

A seagull and its avant-garde shadow

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Seagull Nestled Down on Beach 8243

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; June 17.


UPDATE: In a comment below, Joan Leacott has identified this as Larus delawarensis, the Ring-Billed Gull (ornithologists now capitalize common names of birds).

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 2, 2016 at 4:53 AM

Dunes Creek

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Dunes Creek Colors and Patterns 8222

Most people go to Indiana Dunes State Park to see the dunes and the beach along Lake Michigan. That’s why I went there on June 17, but I also couldn’t help noticing and being intrigued by the colors of Dunes Creek close to where it empties into Lake Michigan. I’ve read that the warm colors are due to tannins released by black oak leaves that fall into the creek and decay there.

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August 18, 2016 at 5:02 AM

Given enough time

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Indiana Dunes with Vegetation 8498

Given enough time and enough freedom from human interaction, the Indiana Dunes gradually cover themselves with vegetation, including trees, as you can see in these views from West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on June 18. The image below shows how a pond that had formed in a hollow between two dunes supports rich vegetation around its fringes.

Pond in Indiana Dunes 8489

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August 17, 2016 at 4:51 AM

Sunset on the same day

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Chicago Skyline at Sunset Seen from Indiana Dunes 8398

Having glimpsed the Chicago skyline from Indiana Dunes State Park early on the afternoon of June 17th, we went a little further west later in the day and staked out a high place at the Portage Lakefront from which to view what we hoped would be a good sunset. It was.

As in the previous photograph, a telephoto lens made things seem larger and closer than they really were.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 3, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Patterns in the sand

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Beach Patterns with Seagull Tracks and Stone8309

Place:  Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Date:  June 17.

Tracks:  Seagull.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 15, 2016 at 5:07 AM

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