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By chuck dildine
November 25, 2012

my youngest daughter and i decided to go to "sleeping bear national lakeshore" in michigan to capture the sunset since we were in the area. it was a clear, fairly sunny early evening in july. we drove up to the dunes on the lake side by way of the scenic drive that leads to the dunes high point on Lake Michigan. we parked and hiked the last part up to the promontory point of the dunes. as we came up to the peak we were faced with 64 mph winds coming off the lake. even though it was sunny with a few clouds the sand grains pelted us with stinging sensations over all parts of our exposed skin. we hiked to a large viewing platform hovering over the 400' drop to lake michigan where we were still exposed to the wind but not the sand. it was here that we were able to photographically capture the experience. an anticipated evening of quiet relaxation looking at the sunset turned into a challenging yet photographically rich experience.

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