Flowing wind whipped grasses and deep blue shoreline of Lake Michigan near Oval Beach in Saugatuck, Michigan (USA) looking towards the Kalamazoo River mouth. The cloud pattern caught my eye that day as it seemingly mocked the curve of the shoreline with the shape of a heart in the center! A hint of texture creates an added picturesque dimension!
This plot of land is actually sitting where the Kalamazoo River once flowed and emptied into Lake Michigan. In 1901 the river basin was filled in when the present day river mouth was dredged in order to facilitate cruise ships coming from Chicago and Milwaukee. In 2012 this 173 acre grassy dune area was rescued from development forever and deemed the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area bordering the popular tourist spot of Oval Beach!
I’ve written a photo essay about my summer work there at Oval Beach including a brief history and interesting facts!