A recent controlled burn in the area removed most of the dry vegetation from the tops of these dunes along Lake Michigan. The area was once privately owned, and the buildings were removed about a year ago. What a great piece of property this was, and the views from the homes was beautiful in all directions - woods to the south, marram grass dunes to the east and west, and Lake Michigan to the north.
The path to the lake can be seen now that the vegetation is gone. The dune at the right was spared this time around, probably to be burned in the next year or two.
Recent rains have started the recovery process here, the roots of the marram grass are sending up green shoots already. Soon, this area will be lush with thick, green grasses, birds, dragonflies, and cicada wasps.
Posted by Tom Gill at Monday, April 03, 2017