Sleeping Bear Dunes Winter Sandscapes

By Mark S. Carlson, Naturalist Photographer

There is a solace over the great Sleeping Bear in winter. Whispering winds and mosaic patterns of sandy snowdrifts swirl and twirl. Ingredients blend together to form inspiring compositions. Layer upon layer of sand and snow mix together to form artistic designs, eye candy for the nature photographer. 

Yellow dune grasses paint their own riffling shapes becoming a tapestry of the winter season. Lake Michigan’s deep, blue waters serve as a backdrop for this inspiring setting.

Sleeping Bear Dunes could be mistaken for the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico if it were not for the soft breezes and gale force winds that visit the coastline. 

Nature photographers, grab your cameras and challenge your inner artist at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this winter. 

About the Author: Mark S. Carlson leads eco-photo tours and excursions to scenic locations around the Great Lakes, including Sleeping Bear Dunes. He teaches fundamental photography skills and nature ecology while his partner, Bob Grzesiak, teaches digital equipment operations. Mark’s photography is available for purchase and regularly appears in magazines, calendars, books, websites and galleries. 

Join the Great Lakes Photo Tours team this winter for a Sleeping Bear Dunes Eco-Photo Excursion. Stay an extra day to take advantage of the Pastoral Peninsula Eco-Photo Excursion to Leelanau Peninsula. Save on back-to-back eco-photo excursions. 

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