Friday, January 27, 2012

North Ottawa Dunes

December 12 2011
North Ottawa Dunes,  513 acres, an Ottawa County park. 
For more info on this park check out this link,

We parked at the entrance of Ferrysburg’s Coast Guard Park (18161 North Shore Road Ferrysburg Michigan)  here you will find signs marking the North Ottawa Dunes trail.  No bikes, no horses, yes to dogs on a leash and in the control of the owner.  It was a beautiful December day, with blue sky and no snow.

We were out 4 1/2 hours and covered about 4 miles, walking as far as
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. The property features tremendous topography with an elevation change of 185 feet in the parabolic dune formations. Eight distinct dunes in the rugged landscape exceed 750 feet in height.

   Not wildflowers but nice to look at.

 We even found a Field Pansy blooming!  It was a small flower so I took a photo through Marie's hand lens.

                                   Coast Guard Park from the entrance

Plenty of room to roam.


Anonymous said...

Oh, that was a good park to walk. The Field Pansy was just what we needed to see. December 12 and we saw a flower! Thanks for the post,
M :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for checking out my blog, I am loving yours! BTW, did you ever find out more about Link's Pond on the Little Manistee? I was there two years ago and loved that spot, but couldn't learn anything about it.

Plants Amaze Me said...

Yes Marie, pretty nice to see a "wildflower" blooming in December! Thanks for taking me there. :)

To Anonymous, I have been checking several blogs, usually nature related, not sure which one is yours. I even added a few to my blog, or tried to sometimes Blogger doesn't work very well.
I didn't find out more about Link's Pond, our guess is that it was a weir, maybe. I thought it was a very interesting place and we will go back in the late spring.
Thanks for the comment, it's nice to get feedback. :)