The dunes along the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan take a pounding by the waves during windy days. In the last few years, this erosion seems to have accelerated; much of the flat beach is gone, and full sized trees that once stood on the dunes have been washed into Lake Michigan.
Once portions of the dune collapse, they are no longer covered in vegetation, and the sand is easily washed away by rain and wind. Ever changing, the dunes are never the same twice, and on this early summer morning the patterns in the sand were striking.
Looking like miniature versions of the buttes of the western United States, the complex patterns intrigued us as we hiked along the shore.
There's always something new and interesting to discover while hiking The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Posted by Tom Gill at Wednesday, July 08, 2015